February 3, 2010

2010 UW Recruiting Class Complete Player Bio's

James Atoe, OT, 6-6 339 The Dalles, Ore. (The Dalles-Wahtonka) --- A late signee to the class. UW coaches saw him in camp last summer and thought about offering then but said they wanted to keep their interest in him as quiet as possible and room finally opened for a scholarship this week. ... UW coach Steve Sarkisian said of Atoe that "this guy is a potential top five NFL draft pick'' citing his size and athleticism. ... Brother Ryan played football at Idaho and in NFL Europe. ... Honorable mention all-state on both sides of the line as a senior. ...

Victor Burnett, LB, 5-11, 213 Culver City, Calif. (Culver City) --- One of four players expected to enroll early in time for spring ball. ... Had 94 tackles and four sacks as a senior. ... Also had offers from Oklahoma, West Virginia and Nebraska along with most of the Pac-10. ... Figures to contend for immediate playing time on special teams. Said Sarkisian: "He's a fantastic player, student body president. Very bright young man, but will also hit you every chance he gets.'' ... 94 tackles as a senior despite missing four games due to injury. ...

Jesse Callier, RB, 5-11, 186 Downey, Calif. (Warren) --- Another who will enroll in time for spring ball. ... Also had an offer from Oregon but stood with his UW commitment. ... Had 3,010 yards and 43 TDs on 300 carries as a senior to lead the state of California and rank seventh in the nation. ... Could contend for immediate playing time as a returner ... Played some QB this year out of Wildcat formation and said by HS coach to have "a great arm.'' ... Said Sarkisian: "He's got versatility. He's not a straight-line guy. He's a guy who can catch, plays receiver, defensive back.'' ...

DiAndre Campbell, WR, 6-1 186 Oakland (Oakland Tech) --- Had 28 catches for 490 yards and 10 touchdowns this season in an offense with a young QB that didn't throw a lot. ... UW coaches like his overall athleticism as he's averaging 20 points a game in basketball and also has done track. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's got lots of versatility and we're keeping the length at the wide receiver position that we like, the ability to jump, similar to Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar.'' ...

Deontae Cooper, RB, 5-11 175 Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) --- Has already enrolled in school, doing so in January, and won't sign an official letter-of-intent. ... Second in the state of California in rushing as a senior with 2,863 yards in 2009 along with 32 touchdowns in 2009. ... Also had offers from Arizona State, Arizona and Stanford among Pac-10 schools. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's very strong, powerful. I could easily see him being a 220-225-pound tailback. A downhill runner. Very powerful, explosive.'' ... Rivals.com rated him the No. 10 tailback in the country. ...


Mike Criste, OL, 6-5 279 Mission Viejo, Calif. --- Rated the No. 54 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com. ... HS team a longtime power in Orange County and team went 22-3 his final two seasons. ... Older brother John Criste is a swimmer at Stanford and he was a competitive swimmer through eighth grade. Said high school coach Bob Johnson: "He's going to be a real good one. His updside is huge and he's a hard worker. Big, tall kid. He'll get to 315, 320 real easily. I think he will play real well for them.'' ...

Greg Ducre, CB, 5-10, 165 Los Angeles (Crenshaw) --- Only true cornerback to sign. ... Also had offers from Arizona State and Colorado. Had 60 tackles and four interceptions as a senior as Crenshaw advanced to state title game. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's a lockdown, shutdown corner. Big-time track guy. He's going to fit extremely well for us. A tremendous man-to-man cover corner and that's what we want to get more to playing is man coverage.'' ...

Zach Fogerson, FB, 6-0 231 Seattle (O'Dea) --- Younger brother of UW junior Johri Fogerson. ... Originally committed to UW in September of 2008 when Tyrone Willingham was still coach and recommitted to the new staff. ... Playing time limited as a senior but ranked among the best fullbacks in the country. Sarkisian said Fogerson should add "an element of maybe something we didn't have this year is the athleticism from the fullback position, the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and run.'' ...

Princeton Fuimaono, LB, 6-0, 196 Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) --- A versatile player who also was a receiver, tight end and running back in high school. ... Also considered Hawaii, San Jose State and Oregon. ... One of six linebackers signed by UW as Sarkisian said the Huskies had to increase depth and ability at that spot. Said Sarkisian: "You look at him, he can fly around. He puts his face on you. He's athletic, a really nice outside linebacker looking type guy.'' ...

Garret Gilliland LB 6-0 214 Anaheim, Calif. (Orange Lutheran) --- Something of a sleeper after missing much of his senior season with an ankle injury. ... As a junior, named the co-MVP of the high-powered Trinity League alongside current USC QB Matt Barkley. ... Had 85 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's just a great player, very bright, very smart. That's a common theme we need from our linebackers is guys that understand the game of football and have a really high IQ.'' ... Also considered Fresno State and Colorado. ...

Michael Hartvigson, TE, 6-6 236 Bothell --- Also listed at defensive end but likely to start on offense for the Huskies. ... Caught 23 passes and had eight TDs for the Cougars this year as a tight end. ... A Times All-State pick as a defensive lineman. ... Impressed recruiting analysts with his practices at the Team USA vs. The World game last week. ... Sarkisian noted he's also a standout basketball player and said that "we like basketball players. That tells us they have hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. And his frame, in the blink of an eye this guy is a 255-260 pound tight end that has the nastiness to block.'' ...

Micah Hatchie, OT, 6-5, 265 Waialua, Hawaii --- Called "the top lineman on the Islands this year'' by SuperPrep Magazine, which noted his six-foot wingspan and 11-inch hands. ... Also had offers from Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington State. ... Reported to have a 3.6 GPA. ... Also a good basketball player and also said to be a good kicker. ... Rated the No. 1 recruit in Hawaii by Scout.com ...

Andrew Hudson, DE, 6-3, 222 Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East Valley) --- Also a standout prep wrestler finishing eighth in the state at 215 pounds as a junior. ... From same HS as current Huskies Chris Polk and Marquis Persley. ... Had 57 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's potentially a state wrestling champ in the state of California this year and he's got great hands, got great leverage, which enables him to be a force against the run, and he has the ability and the passion to rush the passer.'' ...

Hau'oli Jamora DE 6-3 250 Laie Hawaii (Kahuku) --- Named the state's Defensive Player of the Year by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. ... Also considered Boise State and Arizona, among others. ... Also a tight end and participates in judo and karate. ... Said Sarkisian: "He can not only rush the passer but he does a great job defending the run. He's physical. He's tough.''

Jamaal Kearse, S/WR 6-2 209, Lakewood (Lakes) --- Younger brother of UW WR Jermaine Kearse. ... Listed at two spots but apparently will get first look on defense. ... Also considered Vanderbilt and Washington State. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's a big kid, anxious to watch to see how he grows. He's got a real frame on him and a presence.'' ...

Erik Kohler, OT, 6-5 304 Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian) --- Played left tackle for team quarterbacked by fellow UW signee Nick Montana. ... Generally considered the top offensive line prospect in California. ... Listed among the top five guards in the country by both Scout.com and Rivals.com but says he wants to play left tackle for UW. ... Sarkisian says Kohler the epitome of UW's emphasis on the OL this year: "They are all physical, athletic, fit what we like to do,'' he said. ...

Lawrence Lagafuaina, DT, 6-0 336 Aiea, Hawaii (Aiea) --- Named the Oahu Interscholastic League's Player of the Year as a senior. ... Also seriously considered Hawaii, taking a trip there last weekend, before recommitting to UW. ... Also a basketball player and a shot putter and discus thrower. ... Has family and lived in the Seattle area for a while before attending high school in Hawaii. ... Sarkisian said he ran a 4.8 40 at UW's camp last summer. "He has the speed and the quickness for a big man to have an impact on the defensive line,'' Sarkisian said. ...

Nick Montana, QB, 6-3 191 Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian) --- Son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana. ... Jump started UW's class when he committed last June. ... Threw for 2,636 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior. ... Sarkisian said he measured two inches taller than he had been listed by most recruiting sites when he took his visit here last month. ... Said Sarkisian: "He has all the physical tools you could ever want in a quarterback.'' ... Plans to enroll in time for the beginning of spring ball and Sarkisian said he it's realistic to think he could be the starter in 2011. ...

Sean Parker, S, 5-10 204 Los Angeles (Narbonne) --- Four-star safety committed to UW Wednesday morning on ESPNU, spurning offers from Michigan and USC. ... A USA Today second-team All-American and maybe the most decorated player in the class. ... Also had offers from Cal, Notre Dame and Oregon, among others. ... Sarkisian said he was so highly touted because he shows the ability to play pass coverage deep, blitz the QB, play man coverage and also read plays well out of the spread offense. "This guy fits the bill. That's why he's so special,'' Sarkisian said. ...

Cooper Pelluer, LB, 6-3 220 Sammamish (Skyline) --- Originally committed to Hawaii but changed his mind after getting a scholarship offer this week from UW. ... Father Scott was an LB at Washington State and for six years in the NFL and later an assistant coach at UW under Jim Lambright and Keith Gilbertson. ... Uncle Steve a former UW QB. ... Sarkisian compared his style of play to current Husky Mason Foster in saying that "he can cover a receiver and rush the passer. ... We had him earmarked for a long time. It just took a while to get the numbers to where we could get him.'' ...

Colin Porter, OL 6-4 314 Bothell (Bothell) --- Likely to be a guard for UW but Sarkisian said he has the ability to play tackle if needed. ... Ranked the No. 9 guard in the nation by Scout.com. ... Played at Redmond before transferring to Bothell before this season. ... One of seven offensive linemen to sign in this class which Sarkisian said "was a huge point of emphasis for us in this class because we didn't sign any guys at offensive line last year, it was too late in the game. So to come in this year and be able to sign seven of these guys is huge for us.'' ...

Sione Potoa'e, DT 6-2 266 Fort Lewis (Lakes) --- Probably the top prospect in the state aside from Lakes QB Jake Heaps. ... Also seriously considered USC before deciding on UW. ... The first four-year varsity starter at Lakes since 1963. ... One of three Lakes players to sign with UW. ... Sarkisian said he could play immediately for the Huskies. "For him to take a visit or two to some of the top programs in the country and still decide to come to the University of Washington speaks volumes,'' Sarkisian said. ... The only in-state player to sign with UW who was on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best of the West list. ...

Ben Riva, OT, 6-6 276 Seattle (O'Dea) --- Rated the No. 46 OT in the country by Scout.com. ... Got his recruitment over with early, committing to UW last April after also considering an offer from Washington State. ... Sarkisian said he's another guy who could start out at tackle and move inside if need be. ... Helped O'Dea average 7.5 yards per carry last season. ...

Kevin Smith, WR, 6-0 194 Compton, Calif. (Centennial) --- Something of a sleeper after picking up football late, concentrating on basketball until turning out for football as a high school junior. ... The MVP of the Pioneer League and also a standout returner, had TDs of 87 yards on a kickoff and 70 on a punt in the same game this year. ... Likely to be right in the mix for the Huskies as a returner. ... Sarkisian said he has a 40-inch vertical leap and said he would compare him in style to Terrell Owens. "He looks and reminds you of a young Terrell Owens,'' he said.

Taz Stevenson, S, 6-3, 205 Mililani, Hawaii (Mililani) --- Rushed for 352 yards and four TDs and caught 23 passes for 329 yards and three TDs playing RB and WR as a senior. ... Listed as an athlete by UW but Sarkisian indicated he will start out in the secondary as a safety. "He's in the mold of (Sean) Parker in that he can play man-to-man coverage and still play the deep half (in zone),'' Sarkisian said. ...

Colin Tanigawa, OG 6-3 291 Los Angeles (Loyola) --- Helped protect Loyola QB Jerry Neuheisel, son of former UW coach Rick Neuheisel. ... Also considered the Bruins before picking UW. ... Rated the No. 28 guard in the country by Rivals.com. ... Said Sarkisian: "He's a nasty, tough kid, hard-nosed. He projects to be an inside guy.''

John Timu, S, 6-1.5, 195 Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) --- Missed most of senior season after suffering ACL injury in second game of the season. Due to his injury, will delay enrollment until January and grayshirt and will officially be a part of the Class of 2011. ... Was QB of HS team and also handled kicking duties. ... Sarkisian called him "a fantastic athlete'' and said opposing coaches raved about the overall impact he had on games. ... Was the Moore League Player of the Year as a junior. ...

Darius Waters, OLB, 6-1 227 Lakewood (Lakes) --- All-State 3A pick as both a defensive lineman and a tight end. ... Also had an offer from Cal but committed to UW last March and never wavered. ... One of three Lakes players on the team alongside Kearse and Potoa'e. ... Sarkisian called him a "physical, tough player'' that will "put his face on you.'' ...

Brent Williams, DE, 6-2, 186 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft) --- Some teams were concerned about his weight and UW was his first offer and he accepted it quickly. ... Sarkisian said he thinks Williams will fill out and be able to make the transition to becoming a pass-rushing DE. ... In fact, while school lists him at 186, Sarkisian said he's up to 205 and is "getting to where he needs to get to.'' ... Set a school record with 17 sacks as a junior. ...

Chris Young, LB, 6-1 215 Auburn (Auburn) --- Also a standout RB at Auburn but will start out on defense for the Huskies, which he said he prefers. ... Still has some academic issues to clear up and his ability to enroll may not be known until the summer. ... Another early commit to UW, giving the word last March. ... Was suspended late in the season for an off-field on-campus incident but Huskies didn't waver in keeping their commitment of a scholarship. ...

Credit to Bob Condotta of the the Seattle Times.

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