The NCAA’s early Signing Day period happens this week for the Washington Football team. And so, the majority of the 2018 class expected to sign during that period. Still, there are still a few big targets Chris Petersen is hoping to sign to the 2018 recruiting class.
The Washington Football team now stands as one of the most improved teams in the Pac-12 in recent years. Since winning the championship outright last season, the team finished with just two losses again this year. Still, head coach Chris Petersen knows that he must recruit talented players to sustain success on the football field. Winning means attracting NFL attention. And from the moment NFL scouts notice a player, he begins the process of deciding to remain in college or seek a big payday. On one hand, that means the head coach, and the team, must restock the roster. On the other hand, that attrition can instantly convert a powerhouse into a mouse. And so, each year the team must fill new needs. To keep things trending up, the next step is securing a good 2018 recruiting class.
First, let’s go over some of the key needs of the class of 2018, which is currently ranked number 10 by 247 Sports. Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor are gone after this season. So that means that inside linebacker is definitely a position that will need some reloading. Vita Vea is off to the NFL and Greg Gaines might be following him. That makes defensive tackle a need. That is punctuated by the team losing the recruitment battle over Tommy Togiai with Ohio State.
The interior of the offensive line is going to be a big point of interest next season since Coleman Shelton is graduating and hopefully off to the NFL. Now let’s take a look at some of these recruits!