Huskies Land Seven

June 29th, 2012 was a huge day. Not because I spoke with Husky greats Brock Huard and Mike Jensen at work, or the fact that the USA beat Australia in the World Cup of Softball. It was bigger (surprisingly) than both of those things. Combined. Why you might ask? It was a day that could go down as the beginning of the return to prominence for Washington Football. June 29th saw seven recruits…no that’s not a typo, SEVEN recruits decide to pledge themselves to the Purple and Gold recruiting class of 2013, all while attending the Rising Stars 7-on-7 camp put on by the UW coaches. I learned of the news when I was on my break during work and I strained to contain myself from making an absolute scene in the break room. I resorted to a quick, yet powerful, fist pump and dove into the details. Here’s what I uncovered.

Stringfellow heads the group of talented recruits to pick Washington.

Demorea Stringfellow – WR, Moreno Valley, CA

Probably the best out of the bunch talent-wise and name wise. I mean, he isn’t in the same echelon as Wonderful Teriffic Monds II, who is a linebacker for the powerful University of Buffalo Bulls, but he definitely brings the best name to Montlake in quite some time. But I digress, Stringfellow is another man child to add to an absolutely stacked group of wide receivers. The Huskies already picked up the #5 WR of the 2013 recruiting class in Darrell Daniels, and here they add the #11 WR. Airwolf (the new nickname I am giving the kid based on the 80’s TV series who’s main character shared the same name) is a handful for defensive backs, standing at 6’3″ tall and weighing roughly 205 lbs. He possesses a great combination of size, speed, and strength, which creates huge mismatch problems for defenses. Stringfellow looks to be the type of receiver that can stretch the field not necessarily with his speed, but with his playmaking ability in traffic and tall athletic frame which allows him to fight for jump balls. He still lacks a little in the speed and route running departments, but he has super soft hands and can snag almost anything that comes his way. Demorea had offers from Notre Dame, USC, Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, and Nebraska to name a few. Still a raw talent, but with time we could see him develop into something quite special for the Huskies.

Elijah Qualls – DT, Petaluma, CA

Qualls is a load, weighing in at 279 lbs and standing 6’2″ tall. He surprisingly plays both running back and defensive tackle for his high school team, but figures to be on the D-line come college ball. He is very quick off the line and uses his low pad level to gain leverage against offensive lineman. Also, he has shown the ability to penetrate effectively and get a nice push, even with his smaller size in comparison to your normal defensive lineman. Still lacks some polish when it comes to footwork and block shedding, but like Stringfellow, Qualls is still very raw. He actually is a more advanced RB technique-wise at this point in time, but it’s nothing that can’t be changed and improved in the future. One thing that plays into his favor is his high motor and intensity that his game brings to the table.

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Signing Day 2012 Recap

Signing day 2012 is pretty much in the books and I think it’s safe to say the Huskies did a great job with who they’re bringing in for next season. The unexpected news of the day was Jordan Payton changing his commitment from UW, that he had made less than 24 hours before on national TV, to Jim Mora’s UCLA. Cyler Miles kept it interesting for everyone, setting up an announcement in the afternoon making it look as though he might flip to USC. Luckily, he stayed firm with his commitment and chose the Dawgs. Brandon Beaver capped off the recruiting class by choosing the Purple and Gold in the late afternoon.

There were also some surprise additions to the Dawgs class. Pio Vatuvei (DE, Patterson HS, CA), Taylor Hindy (OT, Chaminade Prep, CA), and Cleveland Wallace (CB,Oak Grove HS,CA). As for the rest of the class, Sark breaks it down in the video below which was taken at his press conference.

UW Football Recruiting Update – 1/31

We are less than 12 hours away from when letter of intents start rolling off of fax machines across the country. We know of Shaq Thompson’s verbal commitment, but who else have the Dawgs picked up? Let’s take a look.

  • Four star wide receiver, Jordan Payton (Oaks Christian HS, CA), made it official today by verbally committing to UW on ESPNU. He will bring depth and size to a young but very talented Husky receiving corp that lost both starters this season.
  • Three star offensive guard, Shane Brostek (Hawaii Prep, HI), also verbally committed to the Huskies today. Don’t overlook this commitment because he is just a three star. Ratings aren’t everything. Brostek measures in at 6’3″, 300 lbs and possesses great mobility and footwork. He is above average at run blocking.
  • Four star wide receiver, Jaydon Mickens (Dorsey HS, CA), was the third player to verbally commit to the Huskies on Tuesday, again helping fill out a recieving corp that saw a few players lost to graduation. Mickens is small in stature (5’11”,170), but makes up for it with speed. He runs a 4.5 forty according to sources but I would not be surprised if he dips down into the 4.4 range. I can see him as a nice slot receiver for the Huskies down the road.
  • In the past few days UW lost a few offensive line recruits to other schools. I won’t really expand on it because here on SS&O we are all about the Dawgs, but Zach Banner (OT, Lakes HS, WA) chose USC and Arik Armstead (OG, Pleasant Grove HS, CA) chose Oregon. It’s too bad the Huskies couldn’t land these guys because they are both very talented, but let’s focus on the guys who want to be at UW, shall we?

As most of our readers now know, Signing Day is tomorrow, February 1st, so expect there to be a little more action on the recruiting front for the Dawgs. Here’s a list of players who you could possibly see choosing the Purple and Gold, and where I predict they will actually end up:

Check back after Signing Day to get a full breakdown of the Huskies 2012 recruiting class. Go Dawgs.

 

The Impact of Shaq Thompson

Napoleon Kaufman. Tommie Smith. Charles Frederick…all were amazing on the gridiron for the Dawgs, but they also share something in common: they were all highly touted out of state recruits for Washington. Could there be another now added to that list? Steve Sarkisian’s Huskies sent shockwaves across the recruiting landscape monday night when Shaq Thompson (Grant Union HS, CA) verbally committed to UW, via his Twitter account, beating out the likes of California and Oregon. If you have been reading our previous updates you may have some understanding as to how big this is, but if you have not let me give you a rundown.

  • #1 rated Safety in the country (Scout.com)
  • #3 rated recruit in the country (Scout.com)
  • 2012 Parade All American, 2012 US Army All-American Bowl participant, 2010 California state player of the year.
  • Jr./Sr. year HS Statistics:
    • Rushing: 284 carries, 3016 yards, 10.5 yards/carry, 25 TDs
    • Tackles: 111
    • Points accounted for: 264 (44 total TDs)

This is by far the biggest recruit Sark has landed since being on Montlake, and it could even be the biggest defensive recruit since the Don James era. Thompson is in a class of his own. Measuring in at 6’2″, 215 lbs, he is a safety in a linebacker’s body. He runs a 4.5 forty time and can strike fear into any receiver crossing between the hashmarks. Excited yet? Thompson possesses great closing speed, pursuit angles and range, and is a surefire tackler in the open field, getting low and driving through his opponent. On top of this, he has a high football IQ, regularly putting himself in the correct position to make plays and shows great defensive awareness. Even as a safety, he is above average in man to man coverage, which has been terrible for the Dawgs in the past. Lastly, and probably my favorite quality about him, is he is very good at coming up and stuffing the run. He can lay people out. In short, Thompson does everything. He is Taylor Mays 2.0, and if you are unfamiliar with the former USC standout, look him up. You won’t be disappointed. Shaq will immediately see the field in the upcoming season, and will most likely start for the Dawgs, giving the secondary a huge boost that it sorely needs. Continue reading

UW Football Recruiting Update – 1/24

The recruiting process rolls on as we are only a week and a day away from Signing Day. The Dawgs have been quite active over the past week, attempting to play the part of the antagonist and steal recruits from various schools, specifically Cal. Here’s what happened since our last recruiting update:

  • Four star WR Jordan Payton (Oaks Christian HS, CA) took an official visit to UW this weekend and seemed to love what he saw on Montlake. His player host was Keith Price, so how could you go wrong. He was in attendance at the UW-Stanford basketball game at Hec Ed, accompanied by Sark and WRs coach Jimmie Dougherty to name a few. The Dawg Pack even helped by chanting his name during the second half. What was most encouraging though was what he said on his Twitter account: “Dawgs in the house”, “Let’s just say its a done deal now”, and the real eye opener, “I like the rain.” I would be very surprised if the Huskies don’t lock up his services at the end of this process, as most other recruiting analysts would agree. Look for him to make a decision sometime later this week, particularly during the Huskies in-home visit on Saturday.
  • The Zach Banner (Lakes HS, WA) saga continues as he took an official visit to USC this past weekend and claimed it to be the best one yet. At this point, his final three schools are Washington, USC, and Oklahoma. Banner will announce next monday and not on signing day as he had planned in order to ensure he doesn’t overshadow others who are also signing national letters of intent. On top of that, he also cancelled in-home visits with all three head coaches of the schools still involved. I tend to believe he’s leaning towards USC at the moment, but Sark is supposedly taking this recruitment into his own hands which is encouraging. Regardless, these are the kind of players that need to be locks for the Huskies. Sark was able to wrangle up the big in-state recruits last year, but this time around seems to not be the case.
  • Cedric Dozier (Lakes HS, WA), a teammate of Banner and another 4 star recruit, is still a commit to California, but is also considering WSU and UW. I would say at this point the Huskies are a long shot due to the fact they are recruiting him as a CB, whereas Dozier prefers Safety. He visited WSU over the past weekend and enjoyed the Pullman, but I don’t see it being enough to overcome the commitment he has to California. Continue reading

UW Football Recruiting Update – 1/18

With Signing Day on Februrary 1st, here at SS&O we will try to keep you all updated on the happenings on the UW recruiting trail. Here is the first post of several before we get to the big day.

  • Headlining the recruiting news today for UW would be the supposed verbal commitment from cornerback Brandon Beaver (Dominguez HS, CA). Rated as a three star recruit by Scout, Beaver has been near the top of Washington’s board when it comes to defensive backs. Steve Sarkisian and Johnny Nansen had an in-home visit with him Tuesday night, where it is said he chose to roll with the Purple and Gold. Over his recruiting process he and high school teammate Alphonso Marsh have said they are a “package deal” so we will wait and see how that plays out.
  • There are rumblings that with the new addition of Tosh Lupoi, Cal commit and four star athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakes HS, WA) could be opening up his recruitment to consider the Dawgs. He said he is “looking at probably visiting Washington, Washington State and possibly Vanderbilt” with the rest of his official visits that he has yet to use.
  • Four star wide receiver Jordan Payton (Oaks Christian HS, CA) will take an official visit to Washington this weekend, even though he is currently committed to California. Once again, the addition of Tosh Lupoi to the UW coaching staff has made an impact in the recruiting game. We will keep you posted on what comes out of that visit.
  • As I noted in the post earlier, the number three rated recruit in the country and number one rated safety, Shaquille Thompson (Grant Union HS, CA), is now torn between Cal and UW. This is by far the biggest recruit that the Huskies have their eyes on. Once again it will come down to the wire, but an in-home visit by Tosh Lupoi next week will be crucial in this race to lock up one of the nation’s top high school football players. Unlike De’Anthony Thomas a year ago, where we saw news outlets tease Husky fans with the idea of the Dawgs still being contenders, in this case UW has a legitimate shot and fans should be excited for the opportunity to land an absolute stud.

That’s all the recruiting news for now. As soon as more news breaks we will let you know.