SEATTLE -- Washington saved its best for last.
When the Huskies take the field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for their final home game, it will be one last opportunity for the program’s seniors to play in front of their home fans. It will be a chance for Washington to win its third game in a row and become bowl eligible.
It will be the last game the Huskies can host their top targets at CenturyLink Field and, despite the late kickoff, it could end up being the program’s most important recruiting weekend of the 2012 season.
Despite USC defensive line commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) and safety Patrick Enewally (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr) postponing their official visits, there is a long list of top talent planning to be in Seattle this weekend.
Four-star athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), fresh off his decommitment from USC, is at the top of the list of this week’s official visitors. Redfield, rated the No. 36 prospect in the ESPN 150, will be joined by four-star defensive end Austin Hooper (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), who is a member of the ESPN 300.
Washington commits Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster), a four-star defensive end, and Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), a three-star lineman, are both expected to take their official visits.
The only recruit currently committed to another school expected to take an official is four-star running back Pierre Cormier (San Diego, Calif./Madison), who has given a verbal to Arizona.
Two weeks ago, when Washington knocked off Oregon State, 20-17, the Huskies didn’t bring in any official visitors. Late start times aren’t always conducive to official visits.
This week, though, most of the prospects weren’t deterred by the late start time. And there will be a long list of unofficial visitors in the stands, as well.
A pair of offensive line prospects from California -- Aaron Ve’e (Alameda, Calif./Encinal) and ESPN Watch List member Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) -- will make the trip north, while defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) is also expected to be at the game.
While there will be no shortage of big out-of-state names in the stands, expect plenty of in-state prospects to spend their Saturday watching Washington.
Sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park) said he was invited to drive over for the game and should be joined by Huskies WR commit Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) and 2014 RB Devante Downs (Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mountlake Terrace), among others.