Why they want him: Washington isn’t going to take a back seat to any Pac-12 team on the recruiting trail, which means the Huskies are going to go hard after the top player in the West, in California and in the Los Angeles area. It just so happens that Jackson is all of those things. Like Shaq Thompson is the 2012 class, Jackson can play a number of positions on either side of the ball and would give the Huskies another instant-impact player.
Who else wants him: It’d be easier to list who isn’t going after Jackson. At this point, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC are 10 schools standing out, but it’s still very early in his process.
Why they want him: The Huskies are looking for a big-time linebacker to man the middle of the defense. In the 2013 class, they missed out on Michael Hutchings, who signed with USC, and made a hard run after Reuben Foster, who took a late official visit to the Huskies but opted to stay in state with Alabama. McMillan is that game-changing linebacker who assistant coaches Peter Sirmon, Justin Wilcox and Tosh Lupoi will go after in a big way.
Who else wants him: Ohio State is out front for McMillan, but Georgia will battle all the way to signing day to keep McMillan home.
Keller Chryst would bring a big-time arm and NFL pedigree to the Huskies.
Why they want him: Chryst isn’t the dual-threat quarterback Washington has had for the past several years, but he has a big-time arm and NFL pedigree. While the Huskies might be able to quickly move onto a dual-threat signal-caller, such as Manny Wilkins (San Marin, Calif./Novato), if Chryst doesn’t reciprocate interest, they’ll certainly kick the tires of the top QB in the West region.
Who else wants him: Stanford and USC have made big, early pushes for Chryst and there’s a chance this could turn into a two-team battle. Chryst has been almost silent about the recruiting process to this point.
Odds they get him: 5 percent
5. ATH John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) 6-1, 185 ESPN 150 Rank: 62
Why they want him: Smith is one of the most dynamic athletes in California, able to play both wide receiver and safety at the next level. It also doesn’t hurt that he attends a traditional football power in Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, where the Huskies have done well in the past, although they have no Jackrabbits on the roster right now.
Who else wants him: Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State have made an impression among out-of-state schools, while UCLA and USC are pushing hard to keep him home.
Odds they get him: 10 percent
6. OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) 6-4, 352 ESPN 150 Rank: 68
Why they want him: Mama is the top offensive guard in the West, and while the Huskies added four offensive linemen in the 2013 class, none were as talented as he is. Mama would have a chance to make an early impact at Washington.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Cal, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC are just some of the schools that have offered.
Why they want him: Another versatile player, the Huskies are recruiting Whiley as an athlete, capable of playing cornerback and receiver. In a loaded year for Arizona, Whiley is the No. 2 player in the state and someone who could help at two spots early in his career.
Who else wants him: Arizona and Arizona State are desperate to keep much or all of the local talent at home, while Oklahoma, Oregon State and UCLA have also entered the mix for Whiley.
Why they want him: Talamaivao is a rock-solid guard who has the size and skill to play early at the next level. After missing out on some of their top targets in last year’s class, the Huskies will again go hard after offensive linemen this year.
Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi have made an impact as out-of-state schools.
Why they want him: Mixon is the top running back in the West and has a college-ready build right now. There are a number of tailbacks on Washington's roster right now, but Mixon would give the Huskies someone capable of taking over as a featured back. He is also a former teammate of wide receiver Darrell Daniels, who signed with Washington in the 2013 class.
Who else wants him: Mixon holds more than 40 offers, so the challenge for any school to land him will be there. Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC are just some of his other offers.
Why they want him: Baker is the lone Washington prospect in the ESPN 150 and the Huskies must do well at home before venturing across the country. He is a standout safety who fits in the Washington scheme and could take over for Sean Parker, who is entering his senior season.
Who else wants him: Notre Dame and UCLA have offered, although Oregon, which has also offered, could turn into the stiffest competition.