Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Huskies willing to go anywhere for talent
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- When Steve Sarkisian was hired at Washington he went to work trying to lock up in-state talent. Then he targeted California.
He knew the Huskies needed to do well in both states to put together the kind of program that could be competitive with the top teams in the Pac-12.
Now that Washington has its recruiting base, the program is now building its brand nationally. The Huskies have spent a lot of time in Georgia. They have reached into Texas and Arizona. They have gone wherever they feel they can find prospects who fit well in their system.
Texas safety Jamal Adams (left) is one of many out-of-area prospects that the Huskies are pursuing in the Class of 2014.
As the coaching staff has worked on assembling its 2014 class, Washington is still working hard at home and in California while continuing to recruit top talent nationwide.
During a stretch last week, the Huskies extended offers to offensive linemen Jarrett LaRubbio (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) and Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) in addition to ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron).
Washington has already extended offers to athlete Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area), Watch List defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), Watch List outside linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Watch List offensive lineman Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), among many others.
While Washington might not end up in the mix for some of these big names, the Huskies are recruiting with the mindset that they are prominent program. They want to compete with the nation’s top teams and, if a recruit fits the profile, they will take a shot, no matter which schools are competing for a prospect's services.
The staff is young, hungry and aggressive. The Huskies’ recruiters have built impressive résumés. The only thing keeping the program from consistently landing the biggest names they are recruiting nationally is to take the next step as a program on the field.