Washington recruiting wrap


The 2011 class

Recruits: 23 (21 prep athletes and two from junior college).

Top prospects: WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins are both members of the ESPNU 150. Williams was the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, too. Derrick Brown is an intriguing dual-threat QB. The Huskies signed the five best prospects in the state -- according to the Seattle Times -- in Williams, Seferian-Jenkins DL Danny Shelton, DL Taniela Tupou and RB Bishop Sankey.

Needs met: The class includes five linebackers, four receivers, two offensive linemen, two defensive ends, two safeties, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, two athletes, a running back and a defensive tackle. The Huskies got a second QB with the signing of JC transfer Antavius Sims. LB was a need position that was restocked. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he wasn't concerned about a lack of offensive linemen because he restocked last year. With four receivers, two safeties and two "athletes" there's some flexibility between offense and defense, receiver and secondary.

Analysis: It's meaningful that the Huskies dominated the top in-state recruits, beating out Washington State and other Pac-12 and national teams for the local prospects. That was a problem for previous coaches. Brown was a nice get, particularly after the top choices at QB went elsewhere. Sarkisian talked Wednesday not only about speed but also getting taller -- "long, rangy" -- players. It also seems the Huskies will use more 3-4 looks on defense, so signing five LBs and two DEs makes sense. On the downside, the Huskies lost out on three previously committed players: cornerback Kameron Jackson (California), offensive lineman Paulay Asiata (Colorado) and defensive lineman Stephan Nembot (Colorado).

ESPN recruiting grade: B-