Washington football is putting the finishing touches on an already stellar recruiting class, and they just gained some studs with preferred walk-on offers
Chris Petersen put together an incredible recruiting class for Washington football in 2020, and Jimmy Lake kept everyone in the boat after Petersen stepped down. And Lake has officially earned his first commitments during his Washington tenure. While not scholarship players, Lake earned the commitments of multiple local stars with preferred walk-on offers.
The first is local star Kasen Kinchen out of Lake Stevens High School. Kinchen is a nationally ranked, three-star prospect who chose to walk-on at Washington over offers from both Cal and Oregon. Kinchen starred on both sides of the ball at Jacob Eason‘s alma mater, and gives the Huskies an excellent, high-upside cornerback that they can find a place for on special teams, and given Washington’s pedigree with defensive backs, maybe a slot in the rotation one day. Just like Drew Fowler in 2019, getting a nationally ranked player like Kinchen to stay home as a walk-on over taking a scholarship offer to play somewhere else is a huge win for the program, and says a lot about what it means to players in the area.
The Huskies also earned a commitment from Kinchen’s teammate, three-star offensive lineman Logan Bruce. Bruce played on both sides of the ball for Lake Stevens, and excelled as an offensive lineman, earning all-state honors. With the shortage of defensive linemen in this class, it’s possible the Huskies could try to use the 6’3, 320 pound Bruce on that side of the ball, but only time will tell.
The final player who committed today is Yelm defensive end Bradley McGannon. He was named Lineman of the Year in the South Sound Conference, and looks to be a perfect BUCK outside linebacker in Washington’s defense. He’s quick off the ball, powerful, and can get in the backfield in the blink of an eye. He might remind some Husky fans of Ryan Bowman.
Washington is still in the mix for a couple of PWOs, the top two that come to mind are safety Meki Pei, who was recently named defensive MVP of the Polynesian Bowl, and wide receiver Malaki Roberson out of Graham-Kapowsin.
Congratulations to all these Dawgs on furthering their educational and athletic careers at Washington, and we can’t wait to see them in purple and gold!