It’s never too early to talk Washington Football recruiting. One of the top tight ends, Jude Wolfe, lists the Huskies among his Top 8
The Washington Football team may not make use of a fullback, but they do lean heavily upon the tight end position. And with the defection of senior Will Dissly to the NFL this year, and the imminent graduation of Drew Sample in 2019, the Huskies need to replenish the ranks. Replenishment takes time and building a trusting relationship. So it’s great news to learn that UW is on the mind of one of the highly touted tight end prospects for 2019.
Wolfe has already gotten plenty of attention from NCAA college football programs. That includes 24 major football teams in the upper echelon of college football. To limit the amount of NCAA interaction, Wolfe has already begun to narrow the playing field down to a more manageable eight. That list includes Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Michigan, and Oregon. And of course, the Washington Huskies are among them.
Total tight-end package
Tight ends typically lean to either great blocking or great receiving. Wolfe shows promise to both. He’s got it all folks. Per the ESPN Football recruiting feature, Jude Wolfe has some pretty good measureables already. His 40 yard dash time came in at 5.03. The 20-yard shuttle time was even more impressive at 4.38.
He had the best vertical jump at 34 inches. His power throw came in at 42.5. And his SPARQ rating (speed power agility reaction quickness) is 106.53. All in all, the only performance NOT in the top 10 percent was his 40 time. And for a big man, he brings a lot to the table.
Put on those pads
But those are all track and field scores. It all changes when the pads go on. Have no fear though. Wolfe is at his finest on the football field. He is huge and has good hand placement on blocks. Crisp and effecient. He’s at his best trapping defensive linemen who don’t see him coming. And you can bet that the Washington strength and conditioning program, the finest in the Pac-12, will work wonders with that 6-foot-6 frame. Now let’s talk pass receiving.
He is a huge target who can go up high for the pass. And he has good hands and radius, making him an excellent target on a must-catch-to-move-the-chains. The Washington Huskies will be looking for those kind of receivers in 2019. They have some seriously impressive quarterbacks coming online in 2019.
Good time to come aboard
Right now, the recruiting season is early. Many project Wolfe to USC, and that’s a safe bet. USC typically gets highly regarding national recruits, regardless of how they fit their program. And that’s just fine. But the USC football program has two challenges for their recruits this season. Many of those highly talented prospects underperform. They come in with the hopes of landing in the NFL, but don’t. That is down the road for many, so it doesn’t weigh on their decision today. But it should.
The other consideration for any receiver is who is throwing the pass to you? Is he accomplished and experienced? Is he talented? Right now, the USC Football team is trying out new quarterbacks to replace Sam Darnold. And they’ll settle in on a starter for this season. But imagine turning down the opportunity to catch passes thrown from 2019 Washington quarterback Jacob Eason? That’s like an actor turning down a oscar winning role. Put this name on your radar scope. He’s not committing to UW just yet. But I won’t be surprised when he does.