SEATTLE -- Washington is in a very good position to bring in some top talent this weekend.
Receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) is planning to pick between Washington, Oregon and UCLA at Friday’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) is expected to announce his college choice at Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
At this point, the Huskies seem to be the favorite to land both four-star prospects, even though Mathis said Thursday he might not have his final decision made -- his finalists are Washington, Alabama, USC and UCLA -- before his nationally televised announcement.
If both standouts pick Washington, the program will brings its 2013 total to 22 prospects with a little more than a month before signing day. Ross and Mathis would be the eighth and ninth four-star prospects to commit to the Huskies.
Landing Ross and Mathis would continue the program’s recent recruiting momentum, which has included commitments from linebacker Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona) and safety Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview).
While we wait to see which programs Ross and Mathis pick, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@LukeNelson91 via Twitter: Ryan Turman implied someone had committed to UW, but was that a false report?
HuskyNation: The more I talk to the walk-on commit, the more I think it was a great move by Washington to offer him the opportunity.
Turman is excited about the program and he is trying to do his part to help with recruiting. It seems like Turman has done a good job of getting to know several prospects. As far as I know, there is no reason to doubt Turman’s tweet.
However, since the recruit in question hasn’t announced his intentions, there really isn’t anything I can report. As soon as there is something I can confirm, it will be posted on HuskyNation.
@Babyyao23 via Twitter: With Sean Harlow now 50/50 at best to UW, where do they turn now? Is (Dan) Cozzetto or Sark (Steve Sarkisian) the reason they can’t get linemen?
HN: Keep in mind that the Huskies signed five linemen last year and had another one join the program as a preferred walk-on. And, at one point this season, the offensive line was considered one of the stronger points of the 2013 class.
Earlier this year, Washington had four linemen committed. Then Poasi Moala (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) flipped to UCLA. Now, with Harlow’s commitment on what seems to be shaky ground, the offensive line could, once again, be considered a position of need.
However, you can’t fault anyone on the coaching staff for prospects deciding another school provides a better fit. And, while Washington would like to add a few more recruits along the line, the program only graduates one senior starter -- Drew Schaefer.
Combine the young players in the program with 2013 prospects Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) and Andrew Kirkland (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), and Washington has done a pretty good job stocking the position.
That being said, it is no secret the program is still looking to add more standout offensive linemen to this class.
@JT_Campos via Twitter: Can the hiring of Marques Tuiasosopo bring back 2011 Keith Price? Or does this benefit (Cyler) Miles and (Jeff) Lindquist?
HN: Tuiasosopo’s return should help all of the quarterbacks in the program. This was a great move for Washington. Tuiasosopo should be able to relate well to Price and help get him back on track, while also developing Miles, Lindquist and incoming freshman Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne).
HN: The Huskies are still recruiting all four of those prospects. Willis said this week Washington still might get an official visit. Vanderdoes already took his official visit and Foster and Jack are still planning on taking their trips.
Vanderdoes has the Huskies tied atop his list right now and Jack has more than a few people trying to flip him from UCLA to Washington. If I had to rank them in order of how likely the Huskies will be to land them, it would be Jack, Vanderdoes, Foster, Willis.
Nate, Seattle: With the homecoming of Marques Tuiasosopo back to Montlake, what recruiting battles to you see UW gaining the upper hand in?
HN: Tuiasosopo’s recruiting ground was the Northwest and San Diego during his time at UCLA, and he will help with Myles Jack. There’s no doubt about that. He should also be able to help the Huskies get Jack’s teammate, 2014 prospect Bishard “Budda” Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue).
With his local connections, Tuiasosopo should shore up the program’s in-state recruiting effort, which would pay dividends both in 2013 and in the future.