June 26, 2012

Huskies expand their recruiting scope

The University of Washington has adopted a national recruiting strategy and the Huskies have offered recruits from all over the country. Prospects from the deep South to the east coast have offers from UW, but so far the Huskies' strong start can be attributed to their success on the west coast.

Only a few major college football programs have a truly national recruiting strategy. Notre Dame does, for obvious reasons, as do others, such as Tennessee.

Washington would obviously love to have the clout in the coming years to go into any home in any part of the country and they're already making the effort.

The Huskies are putting together a potentially big-time haul in the Class of 2013 and it's because of their efforts in Pac-12 country.

In February, the Huskies signed just one of the top five, two of the top 10, and three of the top 15 prospects in their home state. The 2013 class is shaping up to be a much different story.

Four-star linebacker Sean Constantine was a huge pickup in April as he's tagged as the state's No. 2 prospect behind quarterback Max Browne (USC commit). Throw in Sammie Long, the state's No. 8 prospect, and in June the Huskies have matched their total of top 10 in-state commits from the 2012 class.

Danny Mattingly is rated among the state's top five prospects and both remain very open to Washington's overtures. Tatum Taylor, another, doesn't have a Washington offer yet.

True, five-star prospect Browne opting for USC was a miss, but it's tough to fault anyone for losing out on a big-time quarterback to the Trojans.

It's not just that Washington has had improved success in the state. The Huskies once again seeing success in California. It's tough to predict the Huskies will do better in the state this year. After all, they signed Shaq Thompson, Jaydon Mickens, Brandon Beaver and Pio Vatuvei, among others, in February.

However, with three commits ranked as three-star prospects from the state (Troy Williams, Aaron Baltazar and Darrell Daniels), plus two others on the cusp of a four-star ranking (Dane Crane and Connor O'Brien), it's not hard to imagine that the UW brand is bigger in California than it has been in quite some time.

It's clear that Washington is also in good shape with running back Lavon Coleman. Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan receiver John Ross recently said the Huskies are in his top five, as did Redlands running back Craig Lee. They're in the top three for Upland defensive end Joe Mathis and when Michael Hutchings visited UW it caused him to take a step back and open things up a bit.

It sounds like Max Redfield may want to take an official visit while the Huskies made the cut for Elijah Qualls.

In other words, no matter how many offers the Huskies send out to prospects in faraway states, the bread and butter is close to home. That doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.

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