Can Washington Return To Top 20 Schools?
With the January 30, 2017 commitment of 3-star offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland, the University of Washington Huskies recruiting class returns to 17 commitments. As of January 31, 2017, Scout.com has the University of Washington hanging on at the 23rd spot in the nation.
That ranking places the Washington Husky Recruiting class of 2017 at the third ranked class of the PAC-12, behind front-runner USC and rising Stanford. However, UW is not through yet. There remains a number of uncommitted players who are leaning towards the University of Washington.
And for good reason.
The University of Washington is gaining steam and reputation under the auspices of head coach Chris Petersen. While the team may not shoot for the glitz and headliners such as the USC Trojans, the team is retooling in a very fundamentally sound manner. Building upon committed young men who are coachable, work-ethic, no nonsense types, the team continues to take on the no-nonsense personality of the Coach Petersen.
Petersen does not need to attract “the best” recruits. He simply needs to attract players who want to BE the best.