Washington football is switching to Adidas in 2019, with the Adidas brand on the rise, can that influence recruits to play for Washington?
Washington football is on a very short list, they’re one of 12 schools in the Power 5 conferences that are sponsored by Adidas. While Nike still owns the majority of the Power 5 with 42 schools, Adidas is starting to put some chinks in the giant’s armor.
One thing that needs to be noted with Adidas, a lot of the local highly rated recruits train at Ford Sports Performance in Bellevue, Washington. FSP, the highest rated 7v7 team in the country, is one of 32 performance facilities in the country sponsored by Adidas. FSP’s roster is littered with highly rated players on UW’s radar.
The 7v7 roster includes Sav’ell Smalls, Kelee Ringo, Johnny Wilson, 2021 commit Sam Huard, Sam Adams, Ayden Hector, and DJ Rogers. Don’t forget that the number one player in the 2021 class, J.T Tuimoloau also works with FSP. As a defensive lineman, he just doesn’t play in the 7v7 games.
With all of these players already being sponsored by Adidas, wouldn’t you think they’d want to lean towards playing for a school that would give them access to the same type of gear? It seems like a bit of a reach, but it’s definitely possible.
The Adidas reveal for the Huskies’ new football jerseys is coming on July 1st, 2019. As they attempt to close the gap with Nike, Washington could be used as a flagship at the college level, showing some of these high school recruits that they’d have access to the latest gear from a premier brand. And the better the Huskies do on the field, the more gear Adidas will create for them.
Again, yes this is a bit of a stretch, but these are the kinds of things that recruits like, so it’s at least worth a shot to think about it, right?