As national signing day approaches, Washington football is heavily in the mix to add multiple highly touted high school players
Washington football has already put together a good recruiting class, it’s currently ranked 17th by 247 Sports. The Huskies have addressed a lot of key needs on the recruiting trail, including seven players that can play along the defensive line.
National Signing Day is on Wednesday, February 6th, and the Huskies are still heavily in the mix for four highly touted, four-star prospects. Henry To’oto’o, Daniel Heimuli, and Puka Nacua. According to 247’s class calculator, if Washington was able to land all three players, they would rocket up to the 11th ranked class, which would make it the highest ranked recruiting class in Chris Petersen’s coaching career.
Washington has only signed one receiver in this class, three-star Taj Davis. Nacua is currently rated 48th overall by 247’s recruit rankings. Nacua is currently a USC commit, but after official visits to Washington, Utah, Oregon, and UCLA, that commitment is in doubt.
Nacua has had a stellar senior season, where he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Utah, and then won offensive MVP at the Polynesian Bowl. Nacua racked up 103 catches during his senior year for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns. Whether he plays as a true freshman with Jacob Eason, or in 2020 with any of the other quarterbacks, he’ll be a huge impact player for the Huskies.
If UW is only going to land one of these guys, it’s most likely going to be Heimuli, who seems to be a heavy Washington lean. Heimuli is the perfect recruit for the Huskies right now, as they’re losing the nation’s leading tackler and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in Ben Burr-Kirven.
Heimuli. the Polynesian Bowl’s Defensive MVP recorded 95 tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions during his final season at Menlo-Atherton (Calif.) High School. Heimuli would have an opportunity to start from day one, and would most likely find a way to crack the rotation at the very least as a true freshman.
A top 40 player in the country, To’oto’o recently released a video on Twitter putting Washington in his top three, along with Alabama and Tennessee. To’oto’o is a high motor player, who played his last high school game on a broken foot, and was still able to manage six tackles.
The outside linebacker prospect would be an instant impact player and a solution to the lack of pass rush that the Huskies suffered during most of the 2018 season. He’s probably the least likely of the three prospects to commit to Washington, but he would be a huge get for Chris Petersen and this coaching staff.