Flowe, from Upland, Calif., has offers from just about every major program: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and just about every Pac-12 school.
Momentum continues to build for Chris Petersen and the Huskies — in the national rankings and on the recruiting trail.
The Huskies are widely considered the favorites to win the Pac-12 title this fall, and Phil Steele has Washington pegged as a playoff team in his national preview magazine out this week.
In February, Petersen completed the highest-ranked recruiting class of his career — No. 9 according to 247sports.com — and the Huskies this week picked up two 2019 recruiting commitments, from Federal Way linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala and Hawaii linebacker Miki Ah You.
There is another touted linebacker on campus Thursday, and the Huskies’ pursuit of 2020 five-star Justin Flowe Jr. represents a continued strategic shift in UW’s recruiting strategy.
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In the past, Petersen generally built his recruiting classes around lower-profile prospects, typically prioritizing “fit” and character over talent and hype. Petersen, a couple years ago, even said he preferred “underrated” recruits, and he openly disdains recruiting rankings.
But the Huskies’ success on the field the past two seasons has allowed UW coaches to mine for more next-level-type talent. It’s not a wholesale change: Petersen, no doubt, will continue to pursue players who fit the “OKG” mold, who can handle UW’s academic load, who buy into the “Built For Life” program.
Now, though, they’re able to target those kind of recruits while also going head to head — at least in select cases — against the likes of Alabama and Ohio State and USC.
That was the case with Ale Kaho, the linebacker from Reno who last December chose the Huskies over Alabama and USC. Kaho is the first five-star recruit Petersen has ever signed, and perhaps Flowe will be next.
Flowe arrived in Seattle on Wednesday night, a source close to the recruit confirmed to The Times, and he’s making his unofficial visit with UW coaches on campus today.
Flowe, from Upland, Calif., has offers from just about every major program: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and just about every Pac-12 school. He’s 6-feet-3, 225 pounds, and ranked by 247sports as the No. 1 recruit in California and the nation’s No. 4 recruit in the 2020 class.