Record-setting California QB Jake Browning leads what should be talented UW class
Browning, already enrolled at UW, is expected to be the star of Chris Petersen’s second Huskies class. The Huskies are still hoping to land Texas running back Chris Warren.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The centerpiece was set more than 10 months ago, in late March, when Jake Browning announced his commitment to the Washington Huskies.
The rest of the Huskies’ 2015 recruiting class took shape around the record-setting quarterback and did so in a fashion that seems to match Browning’s head-of-the-class characteristics: cool, calculated, unassuming.
And, in the end, a success.
As national signing day approaches Wednesday, coach Chris Petersen’s second class at UW has had few surprises. Ten of the 24 recruits expected to sign a national letter of intent made their verbal commitment to UW before the Huskies’ 2014 season began in August. None has wavered in that commitment since, at least not publicly.
“I really like what Petersen did with this class,” said Brandon Huffman, a Scout.com national recruiting analyst. “He didn’t go off-script. He knows what he wants to do and he stays loyal to guys who are committed to him, and he did a great job of holding onto recruits that a lot of Pac-12 coaches would’ve loved to have.”
The Huskies’ class, as of Monday afternoon, was ranked No. 20 in the nation by Scout. There aren’t necessarily any can’t-miss, Shaq Thompson-type prospects in this class, but there isn’t much drama, either.
Browning is the four-star headliner, having broken the national prep record for touchdown passes with 229 in 46 games for Folsom (Calif.) High. He ended his recruitment early, choosing the Huskies on March 31, despite a late scholarship offer from Alabama coach Nick Saban.
Browning’s, Huffman said, was a “huge” commitment to kick-start the class.
In September, Browning signed a financial-aid agreement with Washington; on Dec. 19, he helped Folsom complete a 16-0 season with a California state championship; on Jan. 5 he began winter-term classes at UW; and by the time the Huskies’ spring practices begin, he is expected to be fully engaged in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Around Browning, UW’s class is well-rounded on offense. Five of the state’s top offensive recruits are committed to sign with the Huskies: O’Dea running back Myles Gaskin; Marysville-Pilchuck running back/defensive back Austin Joyner; Federal Way running back/receiver Chico McClatcher; Bellevue offensive lineman Henry Roberts; and Wenatchee offensive lineman Trey Adams.
“I love the offense in this class across the board,” Huffman said. “It’s probably their best offensive class since Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams (in 2011).”
There are a few intriguing plotlines for UW going into signing day.
The first one surrounds Chris Warren, a four-star running back from Rockwall, Texas, who made an official visit to UW over the weekend. Warren is scheduled to announce his decision Wednesday morning. Many recruiting analysts project that Warren will wind up signing with Texas, but he does have ties to Washington: His father of the same name was the Seahawks’ star running back in the 1990s, and his mother is a Seattle area native.
“When you look at this class as a whole, Warren becomes kind of a bonus and a luxury for UW — but a heck of a luxury,” Huffman said.
Two other UW targets expected to announce on signing day are receiver Jaylinn Hawkins (Buena Park, Calif.) and defensive end Mika Tafua (Honolulu), but the Huskies are considered a longshot for both.
|UW 2015 recruiting|
|Twenty-four recruits are known to have made verbal commitments to the Huskies. National signing day is Wednesday.|
|Pos.||Name||Ht., Wt.||High School|
|QB||Jake Browning*||6-2, 210||Folsom HS (Folsom, Calif.)|
|RB||Myles Gaskin||5-9, 185||O’Dea HS|
|OL||Henry Roberts||6-5, 270||Bellevue HS|
|OL||Trey Adams||6-7, 270||Wenatchee HS|
|OL||Jared Hilbers||6-7, 275||Beaverton (Ore.) HS|
|WR||Chico McClatcher||5-9, 185||Federal Way HS|
|WR||Andre Baccelllia||5-11, 170||Westlake HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)|
|WR||Isaiah Renfro||6-2, 185||Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, Calif.)|
|TE||Mike Neal||6-4, 225||Etiwanda HS (Etiwanda, Calif.)|
|DL||Bryce Sterk||6-5, 230||Lynden HS|
|DL||Benning Potoa’e||6-4, 265||Lakes HS (Lakewood)|
|DL||Ricky McCoy||6-5, 290||Roosevelt HS (Fresno, Calif.)|
|DL||Myles Rice||6-4, 225||George Bush HS (Richmond, Texas)|
|DL||Jason Scrempos||6-6, 250||Milpitas HS (Milpitas, Calif.)|
|LB||Tevis Bartlett||6-3, 215||Cheyenne East HS (Cheyenne, Wyo.)|
|LB||Jusstis Warren||6-3, 225||Lincoln HS (Tacoma)|
|LB||D.J. Beavers||6-1, 205||Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, Calif.)|
|LB||Ben Burr-Kirven||6-0, 200||Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.)|
|LB||Kyler Manu||6-1, 220||Highland HS (Pocatello, Idaho)|
|CB||Austin Joyner||5-10, 186||Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Marysville)|
|CB||Jordan Miller||6-1, 175||Oceanside HS (Oceanside, Calif.)|
|S||Ezekiel Turner*||6-3, 200||Los Angeles Pierce College|
|S||Quinten Pounds||6-1, 175||Cypress HS (Cypress, Calif.)|
|LS||A.J. Carty||6-3, 250||Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)|
|* Already started classes at UW|
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