As the February signing period draws closer the recruiting board continues to shift as players are making their commitments. Yesterday at the Army All American game the Huskies lost out on 2 of their top prospects when 5 star wideouts Kyle Ford and Bru McCoy committed to USC. The Huskies are still looking at adding another wideout, another linebacker, and another defensive back. With that being said here is an updated look at who the Huskies are still after:
4 star inside linebacker Daniel Heimuli out of Menlo Atherton HS, CA has been leaning towards the Huskies for a while. One reason he hasn’t committed to UW yet is that he has yet to officially visit UW. Listed at 6’2” and around 225 pounds Heimuli is also considering Oregon, Utah, and possibly Cal. However UW is set to get his last official and if I was reading the tea leaves I would assume UW will get a commitment from him on his official visit. UW also has the added advantage of having his teammate and current Husky signee Noa Ngalu in his ear everyday.
4 star wideout Puka Nucua out of Orem HS, UT has been committed to USC since the summer however USC is bringing in 5 wideouts in 2019 and Nacua is leaving his options open (he didn’t sign with USC in the early signing period). Nacua will still be tough to pry from USC with Utah also being a consideration. UW had Nacua on campus for the rising stars camp back in June and he performed well when he was at camp. At yesterday’s Army All American game Nacua was one of the standouts for the West and showed he can get separation with his 6’2” frame. If UW is not able to flip Nacua they will probably call it quits for another wideout and look to the 2020 class.
3 star tight end Kyle Patterson out of Gilbert HS, AZ visited UW officially the last weekend in December. Patterson has stated he wants to visit Air Force this upcoming weekend (where his sister attends) and then make his decision. Most experts are predicting that UW will land Patterson. Listed at 6’6” and around 235 pounds Patterson reminds me a lot of Drew Sample as a player with a big frame who will be a force blocking and also use his massive frame to get open. Look for some news from him in the next couple of weeks.
Edit: UW is also pursuing 4 star safety Asa Turner from Carlsbad HS, CA. Turner has been committed to UW since last summer, but recently started rethinking his commitment. He has stated he will commit prior to the February signing period and he will choose between ND and UW. I would not be surprised if he ends up at either school but I think Notre Dame has the edge right now. One of the main differences between the schools is the position that they are recruiting him at. UW wants him at safety and Notre Dame is recruiting him as a linebacker.
Lastly, UW is still heavily recruiting and in the mix for 4 star linebacker Henry To’oto’o out of De La Salle HS, CA. To’oto’o visited UW back in September, however To’oto’o has stated his desire to visit Alabama, and Tennessee before he commits in February. From the outside looking in it looks like Alabama may be close to being full. Right now his recruitment is kind of up in the air but UW would love to add To’oto’o who is a top 50 player in the nation and one of the best linebackers in the class.
Ultimately it looks like UW may have room for 4 more guys but in all likelihood they will take 2-3 more players depending on how things shake out. In the coming weeks the board will probably change even more with coaching changes taking place, and the February signing day getting closer. Last year UW was able to flip Tuli Letuligasenoa from USC after he bonded with UW commits at the Polynesian bowl. This year could still be the same as the Huskies will have several commits there who will be in Puka’s, Henry’s, and Daniel’s ear.
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