NCF On The Trail: washington recruiting

Four-star S Willis eyes final official 

December, 30, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With four officials already done, Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) is trying to figure out his fifth and final trip in the next couple of weeks.

Three schools, all from the Pac-12 Conference, are in the mix.

"I have one more left, but I still have to decide which one I am going to take," he said today while at Under Armour All-America Game registration at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. "It is going to be either ASU, UCLA or Washington."

The ESPN 150 safety visited Florida State in November. He enjoyed his trip to see the Seminoles play and likes the idea of playing in the Sunshine State.

"It was a great visit. Marvin Bracy was my host," he said. "He was a great guy, fast. The experience is nice and the state of Florida is nice."

Nebraska, Virginia and LSU, respectively, also received officials.

“Nebraska, the Blackshirts,” he began. “Toby Wright, my trainer, he is from Nebraska so he tells me all about it. Virginia, my cousin plays there, Demeitre Brim goes there. That was a nice visit. It is a beautiful place.

"LSU, what else can I say. It was a great visit.”

Wearing an LSU shirt and socks, Willis might have silently indicated a favorite. But when asked he denied the notion, claiming it was just a matter of convenience.

2015 ATH Austin Joyner talks Huskies offer 

November, 21, 2012
During each break in Tuesday’s practice, Washington coaches would jog over to Austin Joyner (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck) to talk about the prospect of the sophomore one day playing for the program.

Toward the end of practice, Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian pulled the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete aside and offered him a scholarship.

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Mason Kelly/ESPN.comClass of 2015 ATH Austin Joyner plays running back and safety, and his two-way talent landed him an offer from the Huskies, his first.
“It’s great,” Joyner said. “It’s just good to know I’m capable of playing at the next level and that other people see it, too. It’s not just I think I could be a D-I athlete. Now that I have the first offer, I’ve realized what I’m able to do.”

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WR John Ross not satisfied with season 

November, 7, 2012
John Ross wasn’t ready for it to end.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan tried to talk about what it was like to play his final high school football game. He tried to sum up a season that fell short of the playoffs.

John Ross
John Ross
“We didn’t get to make the playoffs,” Ross said. “It went pretty good, just a horrible ending.”

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More offers roll in for Krenwick Sanders 

October, 1, 2012
Wide receiver Krenwick Sanders (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County) was flying under the radar when he received a scholarship offer from the Georgia coaching staff in March. Or at least Mark Richt and company were hoping that he was. But interest in the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior has increased, as has his offer list.

“I have offers from Georgia, South Florida, North Carolina and Vanderbilt,” Sanders said. “Coach Richt gave me the Georgia offer last year. He told me that he wanted to offer me a scholarship and told me to keep working and to get better.”

More offers are likely on the way as Sanders took Richt’s advice to heart. The tall wideout says he has improved his route-running and has caught four touchdowns so far this year.

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Bishard Baker impressed by UW's gesture 

September, 16, 2012
SEATTLE -- After Washington’s 52-13 victory over Portland State Saturday, Bishard “Budda” Baker talked with his Bellevue (Wash.) teammates Myles Jack and Sean Constantine.

Bishard Baker
Bishard Baker
It was the second game of the season that Baker, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound safety, had attended, and he wasn’t expecting anything special. He certainly wasn’t expecting to catch a box full of handwritten letters from the coaching staff.

But, as he stood there with Jack (a UCLA commit) and Constantine (a Washington commit), a member of the Huskies' staff tossed the junior a box.

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Pressure motivates S Trayvon Henderson 

August, 11, 2012
Sacramento Grant High School has produced a number of outstanding defensive players over the past few years, including Cal’s Puka Lopa and Viliami Moala, and Washington’s James Sample and Shaq Thompson.

Coming off an 8-4 season, the Pacers will need another defensive stalwart to step forward in 2012, and all eyes are on Trayvon Henderson. The 6-foot-0, 192-pound safety understands everything that comes with stepping into a leadership role at Grant, a team that won 39 games over the previous three seasons, including a state title in 2008.

“There’s kind of a lot of pressure because I’m being looked at to guide the team on and off the field,” Henderson said. “It’s with grades and in the locker room off the field and getting the team to work together on it. If I’m the face of Grant, as some people keep saying, there’s a whole bunch of pressure.”

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Offensive tackle Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) did plenty of research this summer, as the 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman took unofficial visits to several schools, including Nebraska, California, Oregon State and Oregon. But in the end, it was his final visit -- to Washington this past weekend -- that made his decision an easy one.

"I'm going to be a Dawg," Harlow said. "It just felt right. I slept on it after getting back from the visit and had time to really evaluate things. I feel like Washington is the place for me."

The three-star tackle held offers from some Pac-12 and national heavyweights, including Boise State, Oregon and Wisconsin. But head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Huskies staff closed strong.

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Four-star brothers list seven schools 

July, 27, 2012
Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Abraham Lincoln) have been offered by double-digit programs.

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Three-star athlete George Frazier (Monrovia, Calif.) has committed to sign with Colorado, multiple sources report. He's expected to play linebacker or defensive end for the Buffs according to the Daily Camera.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Frazier selected Colorado over scholarship offers from San Jose State and Washington State. California, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington were among the other programs showing interest.

Frazier registered 84 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions during his junior campaign.

Colorado has 11 pledges for 2013, including four in the past seven days.