Defensive backs coach Keith Heyward had the honors, as offers went out to cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and safety John Plattenburg (Corona, Calif./Centennial).
It is offer No. 8 for Pickett, who is putting a claim on much of the Pac-12. He also holds offers from Arizona State, California, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State.
Pickett is also hearing from Oregon, Purdue and Texas Tech, and visited Stanford this past Saturday. The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback doesn't have much of a plan for summer camps or a timeline for recruiting at this point, but the Washington offer caught his attention.
"I feel really good about it," Pickett said. "I've been talking to Heyward for a long time now--probably since last spring. I know they had an okay season last year, but they picked up a real big recruiting class this year."
For Plattenburg, the Huskies offer is No. 6, and continues a very busy week for the 5-10, 175-pound defensive back. He collected a Colorado State offer this past Thursday, then reeled in an offer from Utah on Monday night. The Washington offer came sandwiched between phone calls with Cal and UCLA, but the Huskies have done a good job to make up ground in a hurry.
Conversations between Plattenburg and Heyward only began last week, but the Washington coach saw enough in the defensive back's tape to take less than a week to make an offer.
"I was actually thinking it would take a little more time," Plattenburg said of generating an offer from Washington. "He said he was really interested in me and the way I play."
Washington is recruiting Plattenburg as a defensive back, capable of playing cornerback or safety at the next level -- the same position Cal and UCLA see him playing. Thus far, Boise State is the only school to talk to Plattenburg about playing running back, which he played before making the full-time switch to defense before last season.
That might be the most impressive thing about Plattenburg's spring. He recorded 71 tackles and five interceptions last year, but his plan was to approach this off-season as his opportunity to improve his game and prepare himself for a big senior season. Instead, he already holds offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah and Washington. Although, he said that doesn't alter his mindset for this spring.
"I'm just trying to better my technique," he said. "My plan was to go to camps this summer so coaches could see me. I'm blessed that it's happened this way. I'm trying to sit down and take it all in, but if it keeps coming like this, it's going to be hard to wipe this smile off my face."
Born in Texas, Plattenburg moved to California before his sophomore year, although he has yet to hear from a school back home.
"I'm trying to get in touch with those Big 12 and SEC schools," he said. "Of course they're more focused on their states, but I'm trying. I know that, since I've played there, I have the potential to play with those guys."
Plattenburg doesn't anticipate jumping into the recruiting process until the end of his spring ball. And when he does so, he'll do it while stressing academics and the relationship he has with the coaching staff. He would like to study pre-law at his school of choice. Before that, however, Plattenburg has his sights set on May 9, a showcase day at Centennial when college coaches swarm the campus during the spring evaluation period.
"I know a lot of coaches are coming to that, so I'm really getting prepared for that," Plattenburg said. "From there, I'll probably start chopping it up and looking at pros and cons of each schools."
Washington is a school Plattenburg would like to see up close, and although he doesn't have a trip scheduled, he said he would very much like to visit at some point this summer.
"I know a lot of the players who play there, like JoJo Mathis and Shaq Thompson," Plattenburg said. "I know they're good academically also. And Coach Heyward -- we had a really good talk. He was telling me about his coaching style and my potential to play early. It was really catching my interest. I really want to go see it. So far, from what I'm hearing about it, I really like it."
Pickett and Plattenburg will be at the Northern California Nike Camp on May 19, with their sights set on earning invitations to The Opening.