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Huskies recruiting: Six names for six spots

Could Joe Mathis (right), who originally committed to Washington as a junior, be brought back into the fold come national signing day? Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

SEATTLE -- With two months remaining before signing day, recruiting rumors are flying fast and furious.

With every in-home visit college coaches make, there are posts on Twitter, message boards and recruiting sites that spark hope among fans a prospect might end up at their school of choice.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, all 19 of Washington’s current commits end up signing with the Huskies on Feb. 6. And let’s also assume the program inks a full 25-member class in 2013.

That leaves Washington with six spots to fill out its current class.

Here are six names that could fit into those six spots:

Azeem Victor

6-4, 225, LB

(Pomona, Calif./Pomona)

The senior was impressed by his in-home visit with Washington linebacker coach Peter Sirmon last week. The standout wasn’t a regular on the camp circuit and has flown under the radar, but he is one of the Huskies’ top targets.

“UW is on the rise,” Victor said. “I feel like that’s a championship-caliber team. I feel like, once I get there, I could make a big impact with the team. I am fired up about UW.”

Myles Jack

6-2, 230, LB

(Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)

The decision gets tougher by the day for the UCLA commit. Now that his high school season is over -- he helped lead Bellevue to its fifth straight state title -- Jack has turned his attention to college coaches. He has a long list of suitors. Right now, the Bruins remain the team to beat, but Washington continues to do everything it can to land the linebacker.

Jack will take his official visit to Washington in January, so the Huskies will remain in the race for the senior’s services until the end.

Danny Mattingly

6-5, 218, ATH

(Spokane, Wash./Mead)

Every year there are athletes who grow tired of the process. They become so inundated with phone calls, texts and social media messages they shut the whole process down.

Mattingly fits into that category. When he committed to Notre Dame in June he received so many requests for comments, he shut his phone off. Once he started taking trips and rumors of his decommitment spread, the athlete was again the focus of widespread attention.

On the first day coaches could make in-home visits, the Huskies were in Spokane. Mattingly continues to be a priority. He has been tough for reporters to track down though, so it is difficult to tell which way he is leaning.

John Ross

5-9, 170, WR

(Long Beach, Calif./Jordan)

The receiver has always had the Huskies at the top of his list. He has friends in the program with three Jordan alums already on the roster -- John Timu, Princeton Fuimaono and Siosifa Tufunga -- and Ross’ cousin, Rahshead Johnson, has already committed to Washington’s 2014 class.

There are a lot of signs that point to Ross ending up in purple and gold. He will take his official visit this weekend, giving the Huskies a prime opportunity to secure a commitment.

Austin Hooper

6-5, 245, DE

(Concord, Calif./De La Salle)

Hooper is another standout who has placed Washington high on his list for a long time. Rated the No. 264 player in the ESPN 300, Hooper was impressed during his official visit in November. But he wanted to let the “euphoria” of the trip settle before he made any more decisions about his future.

He planned on taking more visits before finalizing his commitment.

Joe Mathis

6-4, 255, DE

(Upland, Calif./Upland)

Since Mathis originally committed to Washington, he continues to be connected to the program. However, while he weighs his options, the Huskies are lobbying for a commitment. They will get another chance to make their pitch when he takes an official visit.