It wasn’t the deepest year for local talent, but the number shows the Huskies have tried to broaden their recruiting base. However, that doesn’t mean the program isn’t interested in the talent in its back yard.
With that in mind, here are 10 in-state prospects to pay attention to in the 2014 recruiting class:
Bishard “Budda” Baker Safety 5-foot-10, 165 pounds (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) The state’s top prospect, Baker is a special talent who is a proven playmaker. If there is one local recruit the Huskies need to land, it’s Baker.
Bishard "Budda" Baker is the state's top prospect and a priority for the Huskies in their 2014 class.
Devante Downs Running back/linebacker 6-2, 240 (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace) Washington always seemed to be the favorite to land this big back, who is also a very talented linebacker. However, with scholarship offers from half the Pac-12, Downs now has something to think about.
Isaiah Brandt-Sims Running back 5-11, 172 (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee) Last month, Brandt-Sims ran the 60 meters in 6.64 seconds and earned a scholarship offer from the Huskies. With his speed, Washington could use him as a running back or in the slot.
Kaleb McGary Offensive line 6-8, 273 (Fife, Wash./Fife) The top local lineman on Washington’s wish list, McGary has a frame that seems to project to a future on the offensive line. He played tight end as a junior, showing off athleticism that matches his size.
Keenan Curran Safety/Quarterback 6-2, 169 (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) Blessed with impressive athleticism, Curran is a prospect who has caught the attention of college coaches on both offense and defense, but his future seems to be pointing toward the safety position at this point. He is willing to play wherever coaches want him.
Brett Carter Linebacker 6-3, 199 (Tacoma, Wash./Franklin Pierce) After a fractured left tibia and fibula prevented Carter from playing his junior season, college coaches are waiting to see how he performs at camps and early in his senior season. Carter has Division I talent, causing coaches to keep a close eye on his recovery.
Marcus Griffin Offensive line/defensive line 6-3, 285 (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) College coaches are looking at Griffin on both sides of the ball, making him one of the top in-state linemen in the 2014 class. He already has an offer from Washington State, but Washington is also interested.
Drew Lewis Safety 6-3, 196 (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) If Washington decides to offer Lewis a scholarship, the safety said the Huskies would vault up near the top of his list. He currently holds offers from Washington State and Arizona State in the Pac-12 in addition to Pitt, where his brother, Ryan, redshirted last season.
Nick Mitchell Quarterback 6-2, 180 (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si) Quarterback isn’t the biggest need for Washington in 2014, but if the Huskies decide they need more depth at the position, Mitchell could be a good fit. He recently landed an Oregon State offer. He was also spotted at a recent Washington practice, standing with former Husky quarterback Hugh Millen.
Drew Sample Tight end 6-4, 225 (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) Washington has done well with local tight end prospects in the past and Sample could end up being another prospect for the program to consider.