Washington football: Looking ahead to 2022

Outside of a few big names, Washington football has pretty much wrapped up their 2021 recruiting class

Washington football has arguably more talent in their reach in the 2022 recruiting cycle than ever before. While this class doesn’t have the same top-end talent in terms of name recognition, there are more elite talents within reach. It also can’t be said enough that earning the commitment of four-star receiver Germie Bernard is an incredible way to start this class.

In-state talent

There isn’t a Sam Huard, J.T. Tuimoloau, or Emeka Egbuka in this class, but there are multiple prospects who aren’t far behind. Josh Conerly of Rainier Beach is currently the state’s top-ranked prospect, and is the best in-state offensive line prospect since Foster Sarrell. Offensive line coach Scott Huff doesn’t have to leave the state to secure the country’s best offensive line class. If he can pull Conerly, fellow four-stars Malik Agbo and Dave Iuli, along with three-stars Vega Ionae and Mark Nabou, he’ll make Alabama and Ohio State jealous.

The offensive line isn’t the only position that’s stacked, there are three tight ends that hold Washington offers, most notably Cade Otton‘s brother, Ryan Otton. His teammate at Tumwater, three-star Austin Terry also holds a Washington offer, along with Lincoln’s Chance Bogan. While it’s unlikely that they take all three (depending on what happens with Brock Bowers and Jack Yary), but they could end up with two of them.

Tobias Merriweather is another elite Washington talent, the 6’4 receiver is currently rated inside the top 100 overall prospects by 247 Sports. There are currently 11 in-state prospects with an offer, the last two being running back Djouvensky Schlenbaker from Squalicum, and linebacker Dishawn Misa from Eastside Catholic, who is currently inside 247’s top 150.

There’s a lot of talent that might receive an offer soon, most notably cornerback Kieran Collins, who’s a teammate of Huard at Kennedy Catholic. Another is linebacker Tristan Dunn from Sumner, who should earn an offer at some point in the near future. Both are local, four-star players, and there’s no harm in extending an offer in a class when you have only put out 53 total so far.

Out of state talent

In-state guys are huge for any class, but pulling the top guys from other states is where you can see the class really come together. Just to name a few that appear to be very high on the Huskies, four-star receiver C.J. Williams at Mater Dei (Calif.), and five-star running back Gavin Sawcuk at Valor Christian (Colo.).

What do these guys have in common? They both have teammates at Washington. Offensive linemen Myles Murao (Mater Dei) and Roger Rosengarten (Valor Chrisitan) were both similar, highly-recruited prospects. That could be a big help in selling Washington to their potential future teammates.

To name a few other out of state guys the Huskies are very high on, keep an eye on the following:

Darrius Clemons, Wide receiver, Westview (Oregon)

Nate Burrell, EDGE, St. John Bosco (Calif.)

Tevarua Tafiti, OLB, Punahou (Hawaii)

Trejon Williams, S, Jefferson (Oregon)

Jalil Tucker, ATH, Lincoln (Calif.)

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