HuskyNation hits road for NorCal tour


SEATTLE -- When it comes to Washington recruiting, Northern California has been fertile ground for the Huskies.

The coaching staff plucked Shaq Thompson out of Sacramento Grant and added Cleveland Wallace from San Jose Oak Grove in 2012.

Washington has been busy in the area again in 2013, and will continue to be active in the region in years to come.

With that in mind, the next three days will contain reports about the players and the coaches in one of the Huskies’ more important recruiting territories.

The plan is to stop by at least seven schools in three days. The trip begins Monday with a stop at Milpitas High School to catch up with defensive end Vita Vea, who is rated the No. 227 prospect in the ESPN 300. That will be followed by a drive to Palo Alto High School to see 2014 prospects quarterback Keller Chryst, athlete Andrew Frick and receiver/safety Malcolm Davis.

The second day starts at El Cerrito High School. Coach Kenny Kahn has a ton of young talent, highlighted by ESPN Watch List member D.J. Calhoun. Also on the agenda for the second day is a stop at De La Salle to get the latest from Washington defensive end target Austin Hooper.

The day will wrap with a stop at Casa Grande High School to spend some time with Washington commit Elijah Qualls, a defensive lineman rated the No. 212 prospect on the ESPN 300. I also plan to get the latest on quarterback and ESPN Watch List member JaJuan Lawson.

The final day of the trip will start at Freedom High School to visit with Washington receiver commit Darrell Daniels and 2014 running back prospect Joe Mixon. The last planned stop on the tour will be at San Marin High School to interview 2014 quarterback Manny Wilkins.

The plan is to pile up enough interviews and feature stories to load up HuskyNation with content to give Washington recruiting enthusiasts plenty to pick through in addition to daily breaking news, filling recruiting fixes while fans prepare for the holidays.