Before recruiting Young to the Huskies, UW coach Chris Petersen says his staff "talked all the people he's been with the last four years," including Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.
K.J. Young is listed as a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver on the Washington Huskies updated roster distributed Sunday. He will wear jersey No. 18, and he will get a second chance to contribute at a major college program this season.
Washington coach Chris Petersen formally announced Young’s addition to the UW roster on Sunday, a day before the start of fall camp.
Petersen said he and his staff thoroughly vetted Young, who emerged as a promising young receiver at Oklahoma two years ago before being dismissed from that program in May 2015 for an unknown violation of team rules.
Petersen didn’t offer details on what transpired with Young at Oklahoma but said he had spoken with Sooners coach Bob Stoops about the situation.
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“We talked to all the people he’s been with the last four years and watched his body of work and put the puzzle together and talked to him,” Petersen said. “There’s no perfect people in this program; there’s no perfect people in this room. It’s about, are guys getting better, are they learning from mistakes and can they excel at this university? Can they excel in this program and do some good things?
“That’s what it’s all about, helping guys develop. When you think a guy can do that and fit in and be part of something kind of cool, you recruit ’em.”
Petersen and UW coaches have long known about Young, having recruited the receiver while he was at Citrus Hill High in Perris, Calif.
Young spent last season playing for Riverside (Calif.) City College. This spring, when the Huskies were without two injured wide receivers — junior Brayden Lenius and redshirt freshman Quinten Pounds — the UW coaches began recruiting Young again.
The Huskies’ need for another wide receiver grew even more when Isaiah Renfro, coming off a productive true-freshman season, decided to give up football, citing his battle with depression.
Young appeared in 12 games for Oklahoma as a redshirt freshman in 2014, finishing the season with 19 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown, and he’s expected to compete for a starting job immediately with the Huskies. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited to get K.J. in the mix,” Petersen said, adding: “Did a lot of research, talked to a lot of people, been recruiting K.J. for a while. We feel like he’s in a place where he’s going to come here and be successful. We’re excited to get him going.”
— UW players, many of whom had traveled home last week, were scheduled to check in at the football office by noon Sunday and receive their new playbooks for the season. There were then a couple team/position meetings scheduled in the afternoon. For the first two days of camp, veteran players practice at 10:30 a.m. at Husky Stadium, with a separate afternoon practice for newcomers.
— The Huskies enter camp ranked No. 18 in the first USA Today coaches’ poll released last week, their highest preseason ranking since 2003. “I just don’t really think the expectations are one bit different inside our locker room then they’ve been since I’ve been here. I just don’t. We expect to win every game we play,” Petersen said. “And so the outside noise that might have changed their expectations — that doesn’t change anything. … If we can slow this thing down and pay attention to building skill and getting better and getting our competitive spirit where it needs to be, then I think we’ll feel good about things.”
— Petersen said redshirt freshman wide receiver Andrew Baccellia sprained an ankle last week, but everyone else — including guys held out in the spring — should be good to go to start camp on Monday.