BY SPNW Staff 02:37PM 02/07/2018

Huskies, WSU score on second signing day

Chris Petersen of Washington and Mike Leach of Washington State appear to have signed top recruiting classes, among the Pac-12’s best.

Chris Petersen scored his best recruiting class this year. / Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwest

University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen put the finishing touches on his 2018 recruiting class Tuesday, one day after Jacob Eason, a former five-star quarterback out of Lake Stevens High, officially transferred to Montlake from the University of Georgia. Petersen has not only signed perhaps the Pac-12’s best class, but obtained in Eason the overwhelming favorite to succeed Jake Browning.

In addition to welcoming Eason, Petersen Wednesday added two high school seniors, DB Julius Irvin of Anaheim and DL Tuli Letuligasenoa of Concord, CA. Their signings, along with the 19 Petersen inked to national letters of intent during a new, early signing period in December, brings to 22 the number of 2018 commits to UW.

247 Sports ranked UW’s recruiting class No. 2 in the conference behind USC, which signed four five-star recruits to Washington’s two. Oregon, UCLA and Utah trailed the Trojans and Huskies.

“We feel very positive about this group,” Petersen said. “Our staff did a lot of homework and research, and we believe that all of these guys are not only excellent players, but also good fits for our culture.”

Of Washington’s recruits, 12 garnered four stars from various rating agencies while one, LB Ale Kaho of Reno, drew five stars (see Washington recruits from the early signing period).

In Pullman, coach Mike Leach ended the first day of the traditional signing period with a total of 24 recruits, including two with four stars and a dozen more with three. Among the Wednesday signees: DL Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei of Gold Coast, Australia; OL Blake McDonald, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman from Danville, CA., and Tyrese Ross, a defensive back from Jacksonville, FL.

“I think this is one of our best classes,” Leach said.

The star, so far, is four-star quarterback Cammon Cooper, a lefty who broke nearly all of Utah’s prep records last season at Lehi High School (near Provo). Cooper has been compared favorably to Drew Bledsoe. The Cougars also have four-star recruit Rodrick Fisher, a wide receiver from Spokane.

“I think he was the best (quarterback) in the country this year,” Leach said of Cooper.

The 6-foot-5 Eason, the 2015 Gatorade national high school player of the year, considered Washington before selecting Georgia. He became the Bulldogs’ starter in 2016 as a freshman and threw for 2,340 yards with 16 TDs and eight interceptions. He won the job last fall, but a knee injury in the season opener allowed freshman Jake Fromm to step in and lead Georgia to the SEC title and a berth in the national championship game.

Eason will sit out the 2018 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility at UW.

Irvin played defensive back and wide receiver last season and was ESPN’s No. 30 cornerback recruit in the country. His father, LeRoy Irvin, played corner for 11 seasons in the NFL and was a four-time All-Pro (1981, 1982, 1985 and 1986) for the Los Angeles Rams.

As a senior in 2017, Letuligasenoa helped lead De La Salle to an 11-2 record, the CIF North Coast Section championship and a berth in the state open division championship game. He made several all-state and all-metro teams and was a last-minute flip from USC.

Washington’s 2018 recruiting class

Player Pos. Height Weight Hometown High School
M.J. Ale OL 6-5 361 Tacoma, WA. Fife
Draco Bynum DL 6-4 258 Wilsonville, OR. Wilsonville
Devin Culp TE 6-3 235 Spokane, WA. Gonzaga Prep
Victor Curne OL 6-3 313 Houston, TX. S. Baptist
Kyler Gordon CB 5-11 180 Everett, WA. Arch-Murphy
Dominique Hampton CB 6-2 197 Glendale, AZ. Centennial
Julius Irvin DB 6-2 187 Anaheim, CA. Servite
Ale Kaho LB 6-1 218 Reno Reno
T. Letuligasenoa DT 6-2 300 Concord, CA. De La Salle
Trey Lowe WR 5-7 174 Portland, OR. Jesuit
Matteo Mele OL 6-5 277 Tucson, AZ. Salpointe Catholic
Mosiah Nasili-Liu DL 6-2 281 Puyallup, WA. Emerald Ridge
Richard Newton RB 6-1 183 Lancaster, CA. Palmdale
Austin Osborne WR 6-1 188 Margarita, CA. Mission Viejo
Jackson Sirmon LB 6-2 224 Brentwood, TN. B’wood
Jacob Sirmon QB 6-4 227 Bothell, WA. Bothell
Marquis Spiker WR 6-3 180 Wildomar, CA. Murietta
MJ Tafisi LB 6-2 224 W. Jordan, UT. Sandy
Sam Taimani DL 6-2 320 Salt Lake, UT. East
Zion Tupuola-Fetui LB 6-2 6250 Pearl City, HI. Pearl City
Colson Yankoff QB 6-4 204 Hayden, ID. Coeur d’Alene

Washington State’s 2018 recruiting class

Player Pos. Height Weight Hometown High School
M. Aiolupotea-Pei DL 6-3 250 Gold Coast, Australia Riverside CC
Cade Beresford OT 6-7 260 Woodinville, WA. Woodinville
Max Borghi RB 5-10 195 Arvada, CO. Pomona
Kendrick Catis LB 6-1 228 Highland, KS. Highland
Cammon Cooper QB 6-4 202 Lehi, UT. Lehi
Ahmir Crowder DT 6-3 280 Los Angeles Crenshaw
Halid Djibril S 6-2 185 Los Angeles Cathedral
Rodrick Fisher WR 6-2 203 Spokane, WA. E. Valley
Brandon Gray WR 6-5 172 Detroit C. Tech
M. Richards WR 5-11 175 Eugene, OR. Churchill
Gatlin Grisso ATH 6-1 185 Aubrey, TX. Aubrey
Erick Hallett CB 5-10 170 Cypress, TX. Cy-Fair
Drue Jackson WR 6-1 186 Sachse, TX. Sachse
Brennan Jackson DE 6-4 238 Temecula, CA. Great Oak
Calvin Jackson WR 5-9 160 Indep’dnce, KS Indep’dnce
Jarrett Kingston OT 6-5 265 Anderson, CA. Anderson
Jonathan Lolohea DT 6-3 310 Wesson, MS. Lincoln
Blake McDonald OL 6-4 295 Danville, CA. Ramon Valley
 D. McKenzie S 5-10 165 San Jose, CA. V. Christian
Patrick Nunn WR 6-3 216 San Mateo, CA. J. Serra
Syr Riley G 6-3 323 Palisades, CA. Palisades
Tyrese Ross DB 6-0 180 Atlanta, GA. Westlake
R.J. Stone DE 6-4 218 San Jose, CA. V. Christian
Kedron Williams LB 6-1 190 Bellflower, CA. John Bosco
Kassidy Woods WR 6-2 200 Addison, TX. Greenhill

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  • Husky73

    Interesting that in a highly touted class of 20 or so, roughly half will end up staying and playing. The other half will be a combination of academically ineligible, giving up on football, transferring, injured or dismissed.