The 2018 Washington Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Washington Recruiting Class Overview
Chris Petersen has done a nice job of recruiting since taking over the head coaching job, but this class could be special.
At the very least, it’s his most talented one yet.
Start with getting Jacob Eason to transfer over from Georgia. That’s not technically part of the recruiting class, but he might have been the most important get this offseason. Jacob Sirmon and and Colson Yankoff, though, are outstanding passing prospects, too – don’t dismiss the idea that one of those two will take over next year.
There aren’t bulk prospects for the defensive line, and outside of Brandon Kaho out of Reno, there isn’t a whole lot for the linebacking corps, but the offensive line talents are impressive – starting with Matteo Mele from Tucson – and there’s a whole lot to get excited about with …
The Washington Class Is Heavy On …
6-3 Marquis Spiker out of California is the best of the bunch, but there are other future playmakers, too.
6-5, 220-pound Devin Culp out of Spokane is a matchup problem, Trey Lowe out of Portland is a speedster, and Austin Osborne is a 6-2 deep threat who blew off several other Pac-12 schools, Michigan, Miami, and even Yale, to come to Seattle. But …
The Star of the Washington Class Is …
WR Marquis Spiker, 6-3, 175
He committed early last year, but that didn’t stop the rest of the Pac-12 from continuing to put on the full court press for his services.
Missouri wanted him to be its No. 1 target in its high-octane attack and Michigan made a big push, but the Huskies got their man.
He could stand to bulk up a wee bit, but he’s got the frame, the catching radius, and the deep speed to do it all.
The Washington Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
No. 1 WR & Punt REturner
Dante Pettis was the main man. The second-leading Husky in catches was Aaron Fuller with 26 grabs, and the second-leading receiver in yards was tight end Hunter Bryant with 331.
Pettis caught 63 passes for 761 yards and seven scores, and was a historically great punt returner averaging over 20 yards per try with four scores. The No. 2 punt returner? Vita Vea – and the 6-5, 340-pound defensive tackle left early for the NFL.
Again, this is what the haul of wide receivers are for. Osborne, Spiker, and the rest should be able to help out the other young targets to make the Washington passing game go.