While a lot of Husky fans showed up last weekend to attend the Husky Spring Game at Century Link field, they probably had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. Junior Day also coincided with the Annual Spring Game, which gives prospective juniors the chance to come out and see the University of Washington and what it has to offer potential Division I college athletes. What transpired was verbal commitments from five players, all thought of as 3 and 4 star rated high school juniors.
Connor O’Brien was the latest of the five verbals to commit. O’Brien is a 6’3 205lb Safety who would more than likely be turned into a linebacker( like they are doing with Nate Fellner this year.) O’Brien attends Santa Margarita HS in California also had offers from USC, Stanford, UCLA, and Oregon among many others.
O’Brien’s teammate Dane Crane, a 6’3 315lb four star rated center made his commitment on Sunday ,hoping to be the next great center to come out of U-Dub like Olin Kreutz and Bern Brostek before him. Crane(shown in the picture to the left) is thought of as a strong run blocker while also having nimble feet for pass protection. Crane had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Florida State, and California among others.
Hopefully helping with the graduation of Desmond Trufant next year will be new commit Derek Babiash. Babiash, a 6’0 165lb cornerback out of Pomay,CA had Oklahoma, Arizona State and Washington as his Top 3 but ultimately chose Washington as his verbal commitment. Babiash (pictured below) said this about the new young Husky coaching staff “they’re real young and coaches I feel like I can relate to. I had a different feeling than I had visiting anywhere else.”
Steve Sarkisian didn’t just try and dominate the California recruiting trail, he also tried to keep some home-grown talent from leaving the state. Bellevue High’s Sean Constantine, a 6’3 225lb four star Outside Linebacker had no problems turning down out of state offer’s from Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah and instead choosing to stay close to home just like former Bellevue HS linebacker EJ Savannah did years ago.
The last of the five recruits to commit over the weekend was 6’4 270lb Defensive Tackle Jaime Bryant out of Tumwater, WA. Bryant brings the versatility to possibly play the Offensive Line if the Huskies are overloaded with D-Line prospects.
All these recruits add to two earlier commitments of Sammie Long, the Wide Receiver from Lakewood, WA and Running Back Aaron Baltazar out of Chula Vista, CA. At the end of the day, Husky fans have to be enamored with the early jump on recruiting from the new assistant coaching staff and look forward to more to come. GO DAWGS!