The flurry of recruiting news continued for Washington on Wednesday with new coach Chris Petersen reeling in one of the highest-rated high-school prospects of his career.
Four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels out of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, Calif., and three-star running back Jomon Dotson of American Canyon, Calif., both announced their intent to sign with the Huskies on the Feb. 5 national signing day.
Carta-Samuels, listed at 6 feet 4, 207 pounds, is rated by Scout.com as the 23rd-best quarterback prospect in the country. He is the 10th recruit to commit to UW since Petersen took over on Dec. 9 — and the first four-star recruit for this class. Petersen signed just four four-star recruits in eight seasons as the head coach at Boise State, including two junior-college transfers.
Carta-Samuels chose UW over Boise State and Vanderbilt, making his announcement on Twitter while also pitching Bellevue star Budda Baker to join him at UW. Baker has narrowed his choices to UW and UCLA, and likely won’t make his announcement until Feb. 5.
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Carta-Samuels had been committed to Vanderbilt before Vanderbilt coach James Franklin left for Penn State. Carta-Samuels’ brother, Austyn, was the starting quarterback at Vanderbilt last season.
Dotson made his verbal commitment to UW on Wednesday morning, switching his commitment from Colorado. He is listed at 6 feet, 165 pounds with a reported 4.56-second 40-yard dash time. He reportedly also had offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Colorado State.
UW now has 15 known recruits committed for the Class of 2014, with six recruits having committed in the last four days. The Huskies’ class, ranked dead last in the Pac-12 for much of this recruiting period, jumped four spots to No. 8 in the conference Wednesday and No. 52 in the country, according to Scout.com.
|2014 UW football recruiting class|
|QB K.J. Carta-Samuels||San Jose, Calif.|
|RB Jomon Dotson||American Canyon, Calif.|
|OL Jesse Sosobee||Huntington Beach, Calif.|
|OL Matt James||Coeur d’Alene, Idaho|
|OL John Turner||Los Angeles|
|DE Shane Bowman||Bellevue|
|K Tristan Vizcaino||La Verne, Calif.|
|S Drew Lewis||Redmond|
|DT Greg Gaines||La Habra, Calif.|
|CB Brandon Lewis||Elk Grove, Calif.|
|TE Drew Sample||Bellevue|
|S Jojo McIntosh||West Hills, Calif.|
|S Darren Gardenhire||Long Beach, Calif.|
|S Lavon Washington||Oakland, Calif.|
|TE Chase Blakley||Coeur d’Alene, Idaho|
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