It appears that six of the 15 members of Washington football’s 2021 recruiting class will be joining the team early
While nothing has been confirmed yet, 247 Sports is showing on their tracker for Washington football’s 2021 recruiting class that six players will be enrolling early. Those six are Sam Huard, Jabez Tinae, Voi Tunuufi, Quentin Moore, Caleb Berry, and Robert Wyrsch. So what does this mean?
All six players will be enrolling for the spring quarter at the University of Washington, therefore making them eligible for all team activities, including spring practice. Let’s take a look at each incoming freshman and what impact they could have during spring practice.
Note: this is a reiteration that nothing in this article is finalized, and these players could all still possibly return to high school. We are reporting the latest update provided by 247 Sports.
The biggest shock of the reported early enrollees, the five-star quarterback originally announced that he would be returning to Kennedy Catholic (Wash.) for his senior season to make one more run at a Washington state title. With coronavirus cases continuing to increase nationwide, there’s a possibility high school sports get pushed back even farther in the state, so why delay the inevitable? Huard has a chance to make an instant impact from the moment he steps on campus, and with his arm talent, the coaching staff will only be able to keep on the sideline for so long. As long as he’s able to put on some weight so he’s better able to take hits at the college level, Husky fans should see him on the field at some point during his true freshman season.
Huard’s teammate both at Kennedy Catholic and during seven on seven with Ford Sports Performance will also be joining him early at Washington. Tinae is a very polished route runner, and while he probably won’t see the field often during the 2021 campaign, he can still find a way to make some noise on the depth chart. A slot receiver at the college level, if he can turn some heads during spring ball, he should see some garbage time snaps as a true freshman.
Arguably the most exciting defender in this class, Tunuufi is an incredibly versatile defensive lineman who should explode early on in his Husky career. Pete Kwiatkowski has yet another swiss army knife along the defensive line that should end up being utilized similarly to how Levi Onwuzurike was deployed early in his time on campus. He has the ability to rush the passer from inside and out, and the product of East (Utah) High displays rare athleticism for a player of his size. On defense, the coaching staff has shown little hesitation to play freshmen early if they can prove themselves, and Tunuufi has the potential to be yet another one of those impact freshmen.