Recruiting Battles Washington Football Needs To Win

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Washington Football has the coaching staff in place to win a national championship, but what recruits do they need to finish the puzzle? (Note: all prospects on this list are from the 2019 and 2020 classes

Sav’ell Smalls DE/OLB (Class of 2020)

Yeah, we all know about the big guy. The Garfield High product is one of the best high school football players in Washington history. Wouldn’t it be intriguing for him to continue his career in Seattle and become a legend?

The Huskies have had a major lack of production from the outside linebacker spot, and Smalls could fill that up very well. Currently rated as a 5-star prospect, and the number three overall recruit in the country, he would easily be the biggest signing in UW history. Don’t forget the incredible defensive interior prospects the Huskies have already signed this year, in Jacob Bandes, Sama Paama and Faatui Tuitele. Smalls could be the final piece of the puzzle to make this Husky D-line Alabama deep.

Kelee Ringo/CB (Class of 2020)

Washington football fans know where the real DBU is. It’s at the greatest setting in college football, headed up by Jimmy Lake. Kelee Ringo is a 5-star cornerback at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Can any Husky fan think of another great Husky cornerback that happens to be from Scottsdale? Oh yeah… Byron Murphy. That’s a great pipeline for Ringo to consider UW. The Huskies have arguably the deepest secondary in the country, and Ringo could come in and dominate right away alongside guys like Kyler Gordon, Dominique Hampton, and Julius Irvin.

Kyle Ford/WR (Class of 2019)

The Huskies really don’t need another receiver, but could you imagine the receiving corps? If Kyle Ford commits to UW, then can come in and dominate during summer practices, the Huskies could have the nation’s top offense next season. Add in the 5-star wideout with Marquis Spiker, Ty Jones, Aaron Fuller, Hunter Bryant, and even Salvon Ahmed out of the backfield? That’s a passing attack that’ll make any defense tremble with Jacob Eason at the helm.

Henry To’oto’o/OLB (Class of 2019)

As mentioned before, the Huskies have had a major lack of production from their pass rushers this season. Henry To’oto’o would be a major addition for UW. He’d not only have a great opportunity to make an impact as a true freshman, but he’d also fill a big-time need for the Huskies. Getting a commitment from To’oto’o, a four-star recruit rated inside the top 40 nationally, would also give the Huskies another huge “arrival” on the national recruiting scene, as his top five includes two SEC schools, including Alabama. Any win over Alabama is a big one.

Stephon Wright/ DE (Class of 2019)

Another pass rusher from California, Stephon Wright is a four-star defensive end who would probably be a hand in the dirt pass rusher. Wright would be a big win for Chris Petersen over local recruiting power USC and in-conference rival Arizona State. In nine games this season for Cathedral High in Los Angeles, Wright was able to rack up 58 total tackles, 17 of them for loss including 5.5 sacks. He also was able to create a team-high 32 quarterback hurries this season. Any source of a pass rush would be welcomed for UW, and Wright would be a great source for just that.