Thursday, February 7, 2013
Washington: 2014 prospects to watch
By Mason Kelley
When it comes to putting together a complete recruiting class, Washington was a winner in 2013. The Huskies addressed needs. They added depth.
From the offensive line to kicker, the program loaded up on prospects. The program’s success in 2013 opens options for 2014.
Look for the Huskies to focus plenty of attention on running backs, since Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) was the only prospect at that position to sign Wednesday.
The offensive line will also continue to be a priority but, for the most part, Washington will have the flexibility to pursue its top targets, regardless of position.
Washington offered RB Joe Mixon early in hopes of luring him out of California.
Here is an early look at five prospects the Huskies will focus on in their 2014 class:
WR Rahshead Johnson Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan The only junior currently committed to Washington, Johnson’s cousin and former teammate, John Ross, signed with the Huskies on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 164-pound receiver is a member of the ESPN Watch List, giving the Huskies a strong start on their next recruiting class.
RB Joe Mixon Oakley (Calif.) Freedom Mixon is one of the hottest prospects in the 2014 class, but will Washington’s early offer be enough to hold off power programs from across the country? He has piled up 21 offers so far after rushing for 1,443 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound ESPN Watch List member will be one of the Huskies’ top targets in 2014.
S Bishard “Budda” Baker Bellevue (Wash.) The top in-state prospect, Baker is a must-get for the Huskies. After several big in-state names escaped to other programs, Washington needs to make sure it reels in the 5-foot-10, 165-pound playmaker who earned a spot on the ESPN Watch List. Baker has a knack for finding the ball, and is capable of contributing on offense, defense and special teams.
LB Dwight Williams Gardena (Calif.) Serra Another prospect which has piled up offers at an impressive rate, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound outside linebacker landed an offer from the Huskies in January. The ESPN Watch List member doesn’t appear to have a favorite yet, but he likes what he has seen from Washington so far.
OL Kaleb McGary Fife (Wash.) Athletic enough to play tight end in high school, McGary’s future seems to be on the offensive line. The 6-foot-8, 273-pound standout has the size, speed and athleticism to develop into Pac-12 starter. After losing several big-name linemen two years ago, expect the Huskies to make McGary a priority.