Huskies expect to add WR Boyles
The Washington Huskies can only hope Anthony Boyles creates as much excitement on the football field the next few years as he has in recruiting...
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Washington Huskies can only hope Anthony Boyles creates as much excitement on the football field the next few years as he has in recruiting circles the last few weeks.
A receiver from Gardena, Calif., Boyles is among the most highly-touted players who have committed to sign with the Huskies on letter-of-intent day Feb. 7.
And finally, it looks as of Boyles can officially be placed in the "committed" category, though recruiting analysts say they won't be surprised by anything that might happen.
"He's an interesting kid," said Greg Biggins, the director of recruiting for Student Sports. "He loved all the attention."
Boyles first committed to UW in December, then said he might re-evaluate his options after Huskies receivers coach Eric Yarber left for Arizona State (that job remains unfilled and is likely to be open until after Feb. 7). Boyles created more headlines early last week when he said he considered Oregon and Colorado as finalists along with the Huskies.
But late in the week, Boyles said he would tell other schools to stop recruiting him and that he would sign with Washington. Biggins said he remained wary until he talked to a coach at one of the other schools who told him Boyles had called to say he was no longer interested and would sign with Washington.
Keeping Boyles, a 6-3, 185-pounder who could play immediately, will help the perception of Washington's 2007 recruiting class, with Biggins calling him "one of the headliners, for sure."
While UW was able to hold onto Boyles, however, they have apparently lost defensive back Jared Campbell of Aurora, Colo., who is likely to sign with Miami, where his older brother plays.
The Huskies have 25 known commitments, including two landed over the weekend — linebacker Cort Dennison of Salt Lake City and offensive lineman Tyrone Duncan of Westlake Village, Calif.
Recruiting analysts say it's a class mostly made up of good prospects who could turn out to be solid players, rather than highly-touted players regarded as sure things.
UW had only one player on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list, published Sunday — tight end Chris Izbicki of Lake Washington High, who was the 20th and last member of the team.
One other UW commit, running back Curtis Shaw of Stockton, Calif., was named honorable mention. Four other players committed to UW received votes, including Boyles.
Allen Wallace, national recruiting editor of Scout.com, calls it "a solid and above average class" if not quite at the elite level. Scout.comhas UW's class rated No. 24 nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 behind USC, Oregon and California. Wallace cautions, however, that UW's rating may slide as the Huskies have filled almost all of their slots while some other Pac-10 schools have a lot of scholarships remaining and could rise once those are filled — notably UCLA, which has just 10 commitments.
Rivals.comisn't quite as high on UW, ranking the Huskies No. 35 nationally, though still fourth in the Pac-10 behind USC, Oregon and Cal.
What the class may lack in name value, however, it appears to make up for in other areas. In particular, the class appears to have few academic risks. UW, for instance, signed seven JC players last year, but two never qualified and another didn't get admitted until too late in the season. UW also signed 14 high-school players last year, one of whom didn't qualify.
UW has just two JC players to date, and 23 high-school players, which recruiting analysts say bodes better in building for the long-term.
NCAA rules limit schools to bringing in 25 players per class, but the Huskies may sign more than that this year as several players may enroll in the spring, which means they could then be counted as part of the class of 2006.
Among those players is expected to be quarterback Ronnie Fouch from Redlands, Calif. He plans to graduate from high school early and enroll at UW in March, giving the Huskies a third scholarship QB for spring drills.
"It's a class with good balance and they are filling their needs," Biggins said, citing specifically the five players listed as potential running backs that UW will sign. Among those are two other players who received votes on the Best in the West list — Brandon Johnson of Compton, Calif., and Willie Griffin of Oakland, Calif.
|QB||Ronnie Fouch||6-2||185||Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East)|
|RB||Brandon Johnson||5-11||190||Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)|
|RB||Curtis Shaw||5-11||190||Stockton, Calif. (Lincoln)|
|RB||Willie Griffin||5-9||190||Oakland (McClymonds)|
|RB||Nate Williams||6-1 ½||205||Burien (Kennedy)|
|RB||Brandon Yakaboski||6-0||190||Snoqualmie (Mt. Si)|
|TE||Chris Izbicki||6-4||240||Kirkland (Lake Washington)|
|WR||Anthony Boyles||6-3||185||Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)|
|WR||Alvin Logan||6-2||195||Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)|
|WR||Devin Aguilar||6-1||180||Denver (Mullen)|
|OT||Emeka Iweka||6-6||290||Seattle (Rainier Beach)|
|OT||Skyler Fancher||6-6||290||Huntington Beach, Calif. (Hunt. Beach)|
|OT||Mark Armelin||6-4||305||Mission Hills, Calif., (Bishop Alemany)|
|OG||Scott Shugert||6-4||310||Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City)|
|OG||Tyrone Duncan||6-2||290||Westlake, Calif. (Westlake)|
|DT||Nick Wood||6-2-1/5||275||Poway, Calif., (Poway)|
|DE||Kalanai Aldrich||6-6||242||Keaau, Hawaii (Kamehameha School)|
|LB||Quinton Richardson||6-1||208||Seattle (O'Dea)|
|LB||Mason Foster||6-3||210||Seaside, Calif. (Seaside)|
|LB||Austin Sylvester||6-3||245||Princeton, N.J. (The Hun School)|
|LB||Cort Dennison||6-2||215||Salt Lake City (Judge Memorial Catholic)|
|CB||Vonzell McDowell||5-9 ½||170||Seattle (Rainier Beach)|
|CB||Byron Davenport||5-11||190||Long Beach (El Camino CC)|
|P||Jared Ballman||6-0||195||El Cajon, Calif. (Grossmont College)|
|PK||Nick Folk||5-10||190||Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame)|