BY Todd Dybas 02:36PM 02/02/2011

Recruiting-class outcomes: ’05, ’06, ’07

We look back at three recent recruiting classes that have cycled through Washington, handing out new ratings for each player based on actual performance.

Washington safety Nate Williams came to Washington as a mid-level recruit, but had a large influence on the program. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest)

All of these teenagers are given a numeric or star rating prior to letter-of-intent day  Each are each expected to alter the Washington football world in a positive manner. Doesn’t always work out that way.

Let’s take a look back at the three Washington recruiting classes that have graduated and give each player a fresh star rating based on what they did (yes, we know these were Tyrone Willingham recruits). Scale is 0-5 stars:

2005

  • Tyrone Davis, DE: No impact. Rivals rating: 2 stars. Scout rating: 2 stars. SPNW rating: 0 stars
  • Johnny DuRocher, QB: At least a great quote. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2
  • Qwenton Freeman, CB: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0 stars.
  • Chris Handy (transfer) CB: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0 stars
  • J.R. Hasty, RB: Highly touted; rushed for 18 yards in three games prior to transfer. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 1.
  • Darrion Jones, LB: 41 career tackles. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 2
  • Ben Ossai, OL: Serviceable lineman for four years. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 3.
  • Ryan Perkins, PK: 71 percent field-goal percentage in two years as primary kicker. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2.
  • E.J. Savannah, LB: Off-field issues countered on-field tackling. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 3.
  • Chris Stevens, RB: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0.
  • Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, DE: All-time sack leader at school; in the NFL. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 5.
  • Tim Williams, TE: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0.
  • Marlon Wood, WR (transfer): Small impact in two seasons. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2.

2006

  • Anthony Atkins, DE: No impact. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • Donald Butler, LB: Outstanding middle linebacker was drafted by the Chargers. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 5.
  • Cameron Elisara, DE: Often slowed by injury. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 3.
  • D’Andre Goodwin, WR: Solid senior season, excellent sophomore season. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 3
  • Cody Habben, OL: Solid offensive lineman for three years. Rivals: 4. Scout: 3. SPNW: 4.
  • Paul Homer, FB: One of the team leaders throughout his career. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 3.
  • Matt Houston, LB: Played a backup role, well-liked by teammates. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 2.
  • Derek Kosub, DT: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0.
  • Jake Locker, QB: Uh, massive impact. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 5.
  • Aaron Mason, OL: No impact. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • De’Shon Matthews, DL: played a backup role his senior year. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2.
  • Jake Merrill, S: No impact. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • Danny Morovick, LS: Did his job. Rivals: 2. Scout: –. SPNW: 2.
  • Matt Mosley, ATH: Played randomly prior to leaving.  Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 1.
  • Jordan Murchison, CB: Barely got on to field. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 1.
  • Leilyon Myers, RB: No impact. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • Marcel Reece, WR (transfer): Big receiver now in the NFL as a fullback. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 4.
  • Matt Sedillo, OL: A reserve for two seasons. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 1.
  • Ryan Tolar, OL: Became a key offensive lineman for three seasons. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 4.
  • Jason Wells, S (transfer): Often injured wells had trouble getting through a full season. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 1.

2007 (includes only players that were seniors in 2010)

  • Victor Aiyewa, S: Once healthy, was effective linebacker his senior year. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 3.
  • Mark Armelin, OT: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 0.
  • Jared Ballman, K (transfer): Punted one season. Rivals: 2. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2.
  • Anthony Boyles, WR: Barely played. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 1.
  • Byron Davenport, CB (transfer): Contributed one season. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 2.
  • Tyrone Duncan: Barely played. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 1.
  • Mason Foster, LB: Tackled everything in sight. Rivals: 3. Scout: 2. SPNW: 5.
  • Ronnie Fouch, QB: Transferred after playing most of 0-12 season. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 2.
  • Willie Griffin, RB: Played sparingly prior to transferring. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 1.
  • Emeka Iweka, OT: No impact. Rivals: 4. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • Chris Izbicki, TE: Left program at end of 2010 season. Rivals: 4. Scout: 4. SPNW: 2.
  • Brandon Johnson, RB: A backup for two seasons prior to leaving. Rivals: 3. Scout: 4. SPNW: 2.
  • Alvin Logan, WR/DE: Injured and forced to end career early after hardly playing. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 1.
  • Vonzell McDowell, CB: Played under Willingham, barely under Sarkisian. Rivals: 3. Scout: 4. SPNW: 2.
  • Curtis Shaw, RB: Eventually left program after little use in 2009. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 1.
  • Scott Shugert, OG: No impact. Rivals: 2. Scout: 3. SPNW: 0.
  • Austin Sylvester, FB: Starting fullback his senior year. Rivals: 3. Scout: 2. SPNW: 3.
  • Nate Williams, S: Starting safety for much of his career. Rivals: 3. Scout: 3. SPNW: 4.
  • Brandond Yakaboski, RB: Hardly played. Rivals: 2. Scout: 2. SPNW: 1.

YourThoughts

  • Sam

    Proves how ineffective Ty and his staff were at talent evaluation, player development, scouting, and just recruiting overall. To think that a majority of the “Ty” players had very little or no impact on the team makes it clear how important recruiting is in this game (and I don’t even mean the star rankings). Granted, we did have some key players who were Ty recruits, but based on the total number of Ty recruits vs. the number of recruits that actually panned out…The ratio is terrible. Sark’s definitely got this thing pointed and headed in the right direction.

  • Acadian

    I hope SPNW is around to update this assessment annually.

  • Jeff in Baton Rouge

    um Todd how does spnw have rating for 2005 recruits. Weren’t you in high school then? :)

  • p1u1n1x1

    Nice info. Goes to show how hard these things are to predict, I remember thinking Izbicki was going to light the Pac-10 up, now he’s not even on the team! There is no doubt that this team needs talent, and has definitely upgraded over the last two years, but it goes to show you talent doesn’t predict performance.

  • p1u1n1x1

    Seems like it, but part of me can only remember hearing about how great Willingham was at recruiting.

  • h. steele

    wow, good stuff. this shows why the program is still two years away from competing for a pack twelve title. ty killed this program and its a long way back from the brink.