Friday, December 14, 2012
HuskyNation mailbag: Dec. 14
By Mason Kelley
2013 LB Reuben Foster is scheduled to visit Washington on Jan. 11.
SEATTLE -- By the time Washington’s last big recruiting weekend of 2012 wraps up, the Huskies will have hosted 11 members of the ESPN 300.
The program has been able to bring in plenty of top talent and will get a few more to visit in January, including Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), who is planning to take his official visit to Washington on Jan. 11.
This weekend, four prospects will be in Seattle. Quarterback commit Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) will try to recruit some future teammates with cornerback Patrick Enewally (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr), offensive tackle Brayden Kearsley (Aloha, Calif./Aloha) and USC defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes taking their official visits.
The Huskies also have the opportunity to get some good news Friday, with safety Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) making his announcement in the Mansfield Timberview High School Perfoming Arts Center at noon.
Damon Sayles will be covering the event. Follow him on Twitter -- @DamonSayles.
While we wait to see whether Walker picks the Huskies, Vanderbilt or Ole Miss, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@blykmyk44 via Twitter: Will the quarterback who enrolls early count against this year or last year’s class? (Do we have extra spots from last year’s class?)
A: This is a great question, and a confusing one. In fact, I had to do some research to sort it out.
There is one number to keep in mind: 85. That is the important one. The other number that is important is 25. The Huskies are allowed 85 total scholarship players and they can bring in 25 players next fall -- as long as there are spots available through graduation and attrition.
When quarterback Troy Williams enrolls early, he won’t count toward the 25 prospects who will join the program prior to the 2013 season. Essentially, he will fill one of the open spots among the program’s 85 scholarships.
When trying to figure out how programs can have more than 25 prospects committed, the additions come through early enrollment and greyshirting recruits. So, while Williams will be considered part of the Huskies’ 2013 class, he won’t count against the 25-prospect limit.
@MJGWBuffalo via Twitter: Everybody loves a surprise … Who do you think will be the surprise pickup (realistic) for the Dawgs on signing day?
A: This question comes in all the time and it is really tough to answer. The problem, with surprises, they are tough to predict.
Most of the names of players who have been linked to the Huskies have already been talked about. Others have visited.
Right now, I think Reuben Foster has expressed just enough interest in Washington that he is the most realistic potential surprise, but it will be tough to wrestle him away from programs in the South.
@godawgs4 via Twitter: Hey Mason, where do you see Jack and Mattingly going?
A: I hate to keep saying this but, again, it’s tough to predict where Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) end up playing college football.
I have a feeling Washington gets at least one. Based on everyone I’ve talked to, UCLA still seems like the team to beat for Jack. Mattingly, on the other hand, has always seemed more interested in the Huskies. But it will be interesting to see how he enjoys his Oregon visit.
Both prospects have been impressed by Washington’s sales pitch, and I think it leads to at least one of them ending up playing college football for the Huskies.
@biggeazy206 via Twitter: How much momentum does Washington have in recruiting right now? It seems like a lot to me, and that we’ll close strong.
A: Washington is building momentum and seems to be closing strong. I would expect a few more nice names to join the commitment list over the next month.
@JT_Campos via Twitter: Which Verbal commit (Class of 2013) could make an immediate impact for Washington next season?
A: Based on the prospects I have seen, talked to and read about, I would say receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) would be my top choice to contribute right away.
He seems to have the physical tools and talent to make an immediate impact as a freshman.
Jimmy via email: Do you think UW is still going to get a visit from Eddie Vanderdoes and, between Nico Falah and Jalen Ramsey, which one does UW have a better shot at flipping? Thanks and have a great Christmas.
A: Washington is getting a visit from Vanderdoes this weekend, so the Huskies have their chance to woo the USC commit. We’ll see what happens.
Now, as far as Falah and Ramsey, it seems like both enjoyed their visits last week. In fact, Falah put Washington as his secondary school. As of now, I’m not sure which one would be the top choice to flip. But I do know both recruits enjoyed their time in Seattle.