With UW’s 2020 class nearly complete, Jimmy Lake and Co. are already hot on the 2021 recruiting trail. The Huskies on Friday landed their second commit of the 2021 class in three-star cornerback Zakhari Spears.
Spears announced his decision Friday on Twitter: “After a lot of careful thought and consideration, I’ve found the school that will prepare me for my next stage in life and I’m 100% comfortable and confident to say that I am proudly committed to the THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON!!!!!!!”
The Los Angeles native and Loyola High product is ranked as the No. 31 cornerback in the 2021 class and is No. 431 overall, according to 247Sports. He’s the first Loyola standout to choose UW since Myles Bryant in 2016. Spears had also earned scholarship offers from Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State and more.
The 6-foot-3, 172-pound Spears — who took an unofficial visit to UW for the program’s junior day in January — possesses the positional versatility first-year coach Lake so clearly covets in his defensive backs. In fact, Spears is one of just three 2021 cornerbacks the Huskies have offered, according to 247Sports. He recorded 62 tackles in his junior season, according to MaxPreps.
Spears becomes the second UW commitment in the 2021 class, joining five-star quarterback commit Sam Huard. He also qualifies as the first verbal commitment for the combo of UW defensive backs coach Will Harris and assistant defensive backs coach Terrence Brown.
Washington signed all 23 verbal commits for its 2020 class — which is ranked as the top class in the Pac-12, according to 247Sports — during the early signing period in December. It remains to be seen if UW will add to the 2020 class with national signing day fast approaching (Feb. 5). The program is reportedly still targeting tight ends Jack Yary and Nic Sani as well as defensive lineman Tanoa Togiai.
But Lake, Harris, Brown and Co. will certainly accept this addition as well.