Washington Football Recruiting: Kasen Williams Snags Award; Bishop Sankey Chooses UW

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Danny Shelton Commits To Washington Huskies

Auburn High School defensive tackle Danny Shelton, a top-target of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, has committed to the Huskies. According to reports, Shelton pulled the trigger on Friday, just ahead of the New Year and following Washington's 19-7 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl.

Tony DiFrancisco, a recruiting analyst for Duck Sports Authority, tweeted the news this afternoon. Shelton favored Oregon during the late stages of his recruitment, but stayed home and chose the Huskies.

4-star DT Danny Shelton has committed to Washingtonless than a minute ago via twidroyd

Shelton joins Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams as the cornerstones of the 2011 Washington recruiting class. All three hail from the state of Washington and are considered the top recruits in the state.

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Washington Commits Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kasen Williams Named Army All-Americans

Prized University of Washington recruit Austin Seferian-Jenkins officially received his invite to the US Army All-American Bowl today in a ceremony at Gig Harbor High School today. The top tight end in the country, and a top-10 recruit overall, committed to Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies back in August, triggering a huge month for the Washington 2011 recruiting class.

Joining Seferian-Jenkins in the All-American Bowl is fellow Husky recruit Kasen Williams. Shortly after the Gig Harbor tight end chose Washington, Williams made it official and picked Washington over offers from nearly every major school around.

The Tacoma News Tribune’s Doug Pacey was in Gig Harbor and filed a report on the ceremony, noting some good news for Husky fans concerning Seferian-Jenkins.

Seferian-Jenkins confirmed that he plans to graduate early from high school and enroll in the Spring quarter at Washington, which begins March 28.
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“I can get started on football earlier, started with school earlier,” he said. “I can find out what I want to do with my academic life. It will just help me compete better."

Fans itching to see their prized recruit take the field may not have to wait until fall camp to see him in purple and gold. With just a few classes remaining, Seferian-Jenkins could conceivably be in Montlake and on the field when the Huskies begin spring practice early next year. Last year, quarterback Nick Montana finished up high school early and enrolled in March, getting a head start on his classmates and gaining some valuable practice time.

Seferian-Jenkins and Williams take the field for the US Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 in San Antonia. The game will be televised live nationally on NBC.

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Report: LA Quarterback Joseph Gray Commits To Washington

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was barking on Twitter this morning, letting the world know -- subliminally -- that Washington had secured another commitment for the class of 2011. That commitment, according to Scout.com's Brandon Huffman, is Los Angeles quarterback Joseph Gray.

Washington gets a quarterback commitment from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey QB Joseph Gray, according to Ron Allen of B2G...less than a minute ago via web

Gray is an under the radar, two-star quarterback from Dorsey high school in Los Angeles. Washington has been looking for a quarterback after missing out on Brett Hundley last month. The Huskies were thought to be in on Adam Pittser, but with the commitment of Gray, who knows what their plans are now.

According to Scout.com, Gray was 112-199, throwing for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his junior campaign. It doesn't appear he held offers from any high-major schools until UW came calling.

Gray is the 18th commit in the class of 2011 for Washington.

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QB Prospect Brett Hundley Picks UCLA Over UW

Highly touted quarterback Brett Hundley announced his decision to attend UCLA during a press conference in front of friends and family at Chandler High School in Arizona this morning. The sixth-ranked quarterback in the country (according to Scout.com) had narrowed it down to UCLA and Washington before deciding on the Bruins.

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman broke the news on Twitter.

Chandler (Ariz.) quarterback Brett Hundley has committed to UCLA at a press conference at his school...less than a minute ago via web

 

As a junior, Hundley threw for 1,517 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns. He considers himself a passing quarterback, but has shown that he's willing and able to take off and run when needed.

Hundley had a laundry list of offers to choose from, with schools from near and far vying for his services. Among them: Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Stanford and Texas A&M.

With Hundley out of the picture, Washington likely moves on to Adam Pittser, an Illinois quarterback who burst onto the scene at this year's Elite 11 passing camp. Pittser is an under-the-radar recruit that showed great arm-strength and awareness at Elite 11, a camp for the nation's best senior quarterbacks.

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Report: Brett Hundley To Announce College Choice Monday Morning

Highly-touted quarterback recruit Brett Hundley has made up his mind and will announce it to the world Monday at 10:30 a.m. Hundley will reportedly choose between UCLA and Washington at a press conference with friends and family at Chandler High School in Arizona.

Arizona Republic reporter José E. Garcia profiled Hundley a few days ago.

Brett Hundley didn’t plan it, but it’s appropriate that he’ll commit to a college on a day that celebrates labor.

That’s because Hundley always is working to become the best. On Monday (Labor Day) at 10:30 a.m., the much-heralded quarterback will gather with his friends and family at Chandler High to say whether he’ll play for UCLA or the University of Washington next year.

Although he’s only been the starter at Chandler for a year, Hundley has turned heads on the field and in elite quarterback camps throughout the West Coast. He’s got all the physical tools to become an excellent weapon at the next level.

Fans of Washington and UCLA will be anxiously await the quarterback’s decision ahead of Monday’s big announcement.

For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation’s UWDawgPound.

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Report: Brett Hundley UCLA bound?

Washington target Brett Hundley cancelled his trip to Montlake this weekend and reports are surfacing indicating that Hundley may choose UCLA when he announces his decision on Sept. 6. Hundley’s choice to not fly up to Washington has some analysts wondering if he’s seen all he needs to see after visiting the Bruins last week.

A report from the OC Register tries to piece together Hundley’s recruitment and get a read on where he may end up.

In that same interview, Hundley also said the deciding factor would be where he felt most comfortable. Biggins caught up with Hundley again after he cancelled his Washington trip and the four-star prospect said, "I said when I got that feeling about a school, that’s when I would know I was ready, and that’s exactly how it happened."

Putting two and two together sure makes it seem as though the trip to Westwood sealed the deal for Hundley. When combined with Scout.com analyst Brandon Huffman’s assessment that the Bruins are “in a good place” with Hundley, it looks as though the star quarterback may have gotten away from the Huskies.

As with any recruitment, it’s a guessing game for analysts until a decision is made. For now, Husky fans are left to wait and hope to hear their names called when Hundley reveals his choice to the world.

For more on Washington football, check out SB Nation’s UWDawgPound.

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UW Football Recruiting: Joel Willis Picks The Huskies

After Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams got the ball rolling for Washington, three-star athlete Joel Willis continued the momentum by committing to the Huskies today. The speedy cornerback from California chose the Huskies over Arizona, Nebraska, Utah and more.

Scout.com Husky site Dawgman has the report.

Willis is an outstanding athlete who contributed on both sides of the ball for the Mariners last fall, rushing for 507 yards and four touchdowns while returning a kick 98 yards for another score and hauling in 16 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Willis’ commitment is the 18th for the Huskies in the class of 2011. The momentum is still rolling while head coach Steve Sarkisian waits for word from quarterback prospect Brett Hundley. Hundley will reveal his college choice on Sept. 6.

For more on the Huskies, see SB Nation blog UWDawgPound.

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UW Football Recruiting: With Kasen Williams On Board, Is Brett Hundley Next?

With Kasen Williams making a verbal commitment to Washington Friday, is Chandler, Arizona quarterback Brett Hundley next? In Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Huskies have two talented weapons that any quarterback would love to throw to. Husky fans now turn their attention to who that quarterback may be.

Hundley was reportedly making the trip up to Montlake this weekend before cancelling it at the last minute. The Arizona quarterback had his first game of the year Friday and trekking up to Washington for only a day on campus may not have been too enticing. In conjunction with the cancelled trip, Hundley also announced on his Facebook page that he'd be announcing his college decision on Sept. 6th.

Seattle Times Husky beat reporter Bob Condotta addressed the rumors this weekend.

I know there's lots of conjecture on here about Brett Hundley and his Facebook announcement that he will make his choice of college known on Sept. 6. I don't have anything more to add to it. Hundley has said it's either UW or UCLA, and while he was expected to make a trip to UW this weekend and didn't, he's been up here twice. We'll see where it leads.

Hundley has apparently made up his mind and will reveal it to the world in a weeks time. Where he goes is anyone's guess at this point, though Hundley took a visit to UCLA last weekend and according to Scout.com recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman, the Bruins are in a good place with him. New Husky Kasen Williams is also putting on the full-court press.

Hundley, Williams, and Sefarian-Jenkins would give the Huskies a trio of talented skill position players on offense. With Seferian-Jenkins getting the ball rolling, Williams and Hundley may continue the avalache of high-caliber commits and jumpstart the Huskies' 2011 recruiting class.

Husky fans are keeping their fingers crossed for Sept. 6th, hoping that their prized QB target joins Williams and Seferian-Jenkins.

For more on UW football, see SB Nation's UWDawgPound.

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Breaking: Kasen Williams Commits To The University Of Washington

After much anticipation and hype, Skyline High School class of 2011 wide receiver Kasen Williams has committed to play football for the University of Washington.

The news was first reported by Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times on Twitter.

Kasen Williams picks ... UWless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

 

Kasen Williams's father, Aaron Williams, also played football for the Huskies. It was long rumored that Williams would attend UW but he made the commitment official tonight at a Skyline football kickoff dinner in Sammamish. By some estimates more than 1,000 people were in attendance for the announcement.  Williams reportedly placed three hats on a  table, representing the University of Washington, Louisiana State University and the University of California-Berkeley.

The 6'2" 195 pound Williams is considered one of the top class of 2011 football players in the state of Washington, rated as a 5-star prospect and the nation's #4 wide receiver by Scout.com

Williams joins Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins who committed to the Huskies earlier in August. Williams was also recruited by LSU, Notre Dame, California and Florida, among others. 

For full SB Nation Seattle coverage of Kasen Williams and his decision, click here.

For everything Washington Huskies, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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Washington Football Recruiting: Kasen Williams Set To Announce Commitment Friday

The biggest priority for Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian has been keeping the top in-state talent home at UW. Adding highly touted Skyline High School senior Kasen Williams to the mix would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. The senior wide receiver has been on the national radar since storming onto the scene during Skyline's state championship run in 2007, shooting up the recruiting rankings ever since.

Williams boasts a top 5 of Washington, LSU, Notre Dame, California, and Florida and says he's down to two schools, though he won't name the two. With two Washington alumni as parents, UW has the inside track for the hometown kid.

Will he commit to the Dawgs tomorrow? Bob Condotta reported on Twitter that it appears to be a near certainty.

ESPN.com's Greg Biggins says "it will be one of the biggest recruiting shockers in years'' if Kasen Williams doesn't pick UW on Fridayless than a minute ago via web

 

Williams will announce his intentions at the annual Skyline football kickoff dinner in Sammamish at 7 PM on Friday. Stay tuned to see if the Huskies reel in this elite talent.

For everything UW Football, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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