It’s official! Washington football has signed their best class ever, and now we can look ahead to spring practices from the early enrollees
Even after Oregon was able to secure the commitment of five-star linebacker Justin Flowe, Washington football still left the early signing period with the highest-ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12 (and 14th nationally).
The class of 2020 is full of a bunch of high-impact guys, some of whom will probably find a way to get on the field right away and will probably end up burning their redshirts. The class also features some guys that might take a year or two to develop before they see consistent time on the field but will have a huge impact nonetheless once they do get their opportunity.
So why is this class so important? Outside of just the ratings, the fact that Jimmy Lake was able to keep everyone in the boat is unbelievable, and this class is a trendsetter for the best players in the state, and all over the west coast, saying that they don’t have to go across the country to a program like Clemson, Ohio State, or Alabama to win a championship.
And don’t forget the number one rated player on the west coast Sav’ell Smalls, he’s going to make a huge impact on the field, but an even bigger impact on the recruiting trail.
Smalls is going to attract big-time talent, he can get players like J.T Tuimoloau and Emeka Egbuka to stay home and play in purple and gold, while also attracting some of the best players from around the country. Talent attracts talent, which is one of the reasons last year’s class was so important for this year’s, and why this year’s is so important to the class of 2021 and beyond.
If Jimmy Lake can continue to build off the success of this year, winning players like Rome Odunze, Jacobe Covington, and Jalen McMillan away from a national power like Oklahoma, and in-state guys like Smalls, Sam Adams, and Geirean Hatchett away from the rest of the country, the Huskies will able to do whatever they want on the field and the recruiting trail with the kind of talent they’ll be able to acquire.
Everything matters in college football, especially when it comes to recruiting, and Lake holding this class together is an amazing start for his tenure as head coach.