Jimmy Lake has done an excellent job holding onto Washington football’s recruiting class, but who else is on their board for 2020?
Washington football has put together an excellent recruiting class for 2020, but who else can Jimmy Lake and his staff add to round out the class with National Signing Day just around the corner?
It looks like the Huskies are out on Princely Umanmielen, who was probably the team’s top target before February, as the Huskies currently have no true defensive linemen committed. 247 Sports lists Sav’ell Smalls as a defensive end, but he’s an outside linebacker in Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense. Umanmielen probably would’ve played a role similar to Levi Onwuzurike with the Dawgs, but without him, options on the defensive line are very thin.
It’s very important to take at least one defensive lineman every year, because it’s such an injury-prone position in football, and having an abundance of scholarship players at the position makes sure you’re protected in case of serious injuries, transfers, or players leave early for the NFL Draft.
The last player on the board is Tanoa Togiai out of Idaho, whose cousin Tommy currently plays defensive tackle at Ohio State. The Huskies offered him rather late, and might not be able to overtake Utah in his recruitment, which would be a massive disappointment for the Huskies. If they can’t secure a defensive lineman this year, it’ll be imperative that they take at least three in 2021.
Washington got at least one defensive lineman as a preferred walk-on, but you can’t build a defensive line class around PWOs, you need to mix in scholarship guys too.
There’s only one name, Jack Yary. The son of the former All-Pro tackle Ron Yary, Jack decommitted from USC a few months ago, and is set to announce his decision soon.
Yary is a big, athletic tight end who would work very well in the Washington offense, and would probably be used very similarly to how Cade Otton is now. The Huskies have a long history of using and developing tight ends, and Yary would fit right into the offense seamlessly.
The Huskies have already secured an excellent recruiting class, but adding these two names into the mix would take the class to another level.