Washington football lands a big time athlete

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Washington football secured their fourth commitment of the 2020 class in the form of a three-star athlete from Hockinson (WA) High School in Brush Prarie!

Washington football just landed a big-time player in the form of Sawyer Racanelli, an incredibly talented athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. He’s starred on the field for Hockinson at wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive back.

At receiver, Racanelli caught 101 balls during his junior season for 1,764 yards and 21 touchdowns. On defense, he racked up 83 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions in his junior season. So the question for someone as effective on both sides of the ball as Racanelli is, where should he play?

Best Fit

While Racanelli was recruited by Junior Adams, his best fit might be on defense. There are a ton of other talented wide receivers that the Huskies are in the mix for during this recruiting cycle, which might make it tough for him to see the field. He has the ideal mold for the Kevin King, Keith Taylor type cornerback, and would excel in Jimmy Lake’s defense.

Playing as a wide receiver really helps his understanding of passing concepts, and Lake would be able to maximize his talent. In a DB room as loaded as UW’s, Racanelli would have time to sit and learn behind the likes of Dominique Hampton, Asa Turner, and Julius Irvin, who are physically the most similar to Racanelli.

With another strong season, Racanelli has a great chance to be elevated to a four-star prospect. There’s a lot of discrepancy in his ranking, as he’s currently rated by 247 Sports as the number 25 athlete in the country, and 356th overall prospect. The 247 Composite has him rated about 300 spots lower, as the 51st athlete and 679th overall prospect. After going for 1345 yards and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore season, an upgrade seems very well-deserved.

He’s also earned some very high praise from 247’s lead recruiting expert, Brandon Huffman:

Congratulations to Sawyer on his commitment, and good luck to him in his senior season!