Over the next few years, the state of Washington has a lot of big-time football recruits coming out, so why is the basketball game against UCLA so important for the future of Washington Football?
It’s no secret that Washington football needs to find a way to land the in-state five-star recruits over the next two seasons. This Saturday is a prime opportunity to impress when UCLA visits Hec Ed Pavilion. There’s going to be not one, not two, not three, but four big-time players in the building for the game.
Let’s start with Geirean Hatchett, a four-star guard in the class of 2020 from Ferndale, who has already pulled in 26 offers, which is more than anyone in the history of his high school, which includes Jake Locker. Hatchett is currently ranked as the number two offensive lineman on the west coast, trailing only Myles Murao from Mater Dei (Calif.) High, basketball coach Mike Hopkins’ alma mater.
Next on the list, the five-star athlete in the class of 2021 from Steilacoom, Emeka Egbuka. The speedster ran a 4.42 at the All-American Combine, and also earned offensive MVP honors during that week. Egbuka is an excellent all-around athlete and person, as he also excels on the Steilacoom baseball team, and carries a 4.0 GPA.
A late addition, four-star athlete, and the number 45 overall player in the class of 2021 is Lincoln High’s Julien Simon. Simon is the definition of a do it all player, putting together 1400 all-purpose yards on offense over his first two seasons at Lincoln. He also contributed 83 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six interceptions and seven passes defensed on defense.
Then, of course, there’s the big guy. The class of 2020’s number four overall player, Garfield High’s pride and joy, Sav’ell Smalls. Smalls put this whole trip together, after a warm welcome to Wednesday’s game against USC.
The student section put a lot of energy into giving Smalls the warm welcome he, along with Hatchett and Egbuka would receive every Saturday for staying close to home. “We want Smalls” chants rang through Hec Ed during every time out, and they started to pick up towards the end of the game as well.
Saying it would be a huge win for UW to keep all three of these guys at home would be an understatement. Chris Petersen and his staff NEED to go all in to make sure these guys understand what they can do for the program, and for the city of Seattle.
Washington is primed to build a legitimate national championship contender over the next few seasons, and there’s no better place for guys like this to win a national championship. Smalls called himself a hometown hero in one of his tweets from Wednesday night, but a national championship would make all these guys legends.