With the early signing period just under a week away, how can Washington football put the finishing touches on arguably the best class in school history?
Since Chris Petersen took over, none of the 21 members of the 2020 class have decommitted from Washington, and you shouldn’t expect any of them to do so before the early signing period opens on December 18th.
This is the final weekend that recruits can take official visits to schools, and the Huskies will have a few big-time targets, and wrapping up a few more commitments will put a nice touch on what will be Jimmy Lake’s first recruiting class as head coach. So who are the top uncommitted prospects that will be on campus for their visits?
The Huskies currently don’t have a defensive lineman in this class, and after taking six over the last two seasons, it’s understandable why that position wasn’t prioritized this year. But with that being said, it’s still important to take at least one every year, because injuries and other circumstances are always in play. Enter Xavier Carlton, the 6’7, four-star is listed as a defensive end, but in the Huskies’ system, it’s very possible that they could want to use him as an edge setter, similar to Benning Potoa’e in his first three seasons on campus, or bulk him up and play him on the interior.
The other top target visiting this weekend is four-star tight end Jack Yary, a USC decommit and high school teammate of current Husky wide receiver Marquis Spiker. Jack’s father, Ron, was an eight-time All-Pro offensive tackle in the NFL after being a first-round pick and two-time All-American at USC. The fact that Yary is giving Washington a visit is huge, and with the way the Huskies use tight ends, he’d be a great fit for the offense, especially considering that they’re losing Hunter Bryant this year, and Cade Otton is going to be a hot name next year among NFL scouts.
Jimmy Lake has a great opportunity to close on both players, much like Ikaika Malloe did last year on Laiatu Latu, so how will Lake and his staff fair this year?
There’s also a good chance that the Huskies can hold on to their only decommit, defensive back Jacobe Covington. Covington is an athletic, versatile defensive back, who can play any position in the Husky secondary.
If the Huskies were able to secure the commitments of all three of the names mentioned above, they would head into signing day with the 11th ranked recruiting class in the country (according to the 247 Sports class calculator).