McLaughlin: UW Can & Must Compete on Recruiting Trail

Spencer also evaluates the offseason hire of new Washington head football coach Kalen DeBoer

Posted on June 24, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports

Pac-12USC Football has the potential to be one of the best recruiting schools in the country—not just in the Pac-12. Part of their potential rise with Lincoln Riley could come at the expense of other Pac-12 schools who have to compete with the Trojans on the recruiting trail.

Justin Wilcox and the Cal Bears recently felt that come to fruition when 3-star OL Amos Talalele flipped his commitment to the Trojans, despite having gone to high school much closer to Berkeley than Los Angeles in Santa Clara, CA.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I look at the latest news in the 2023 Conference recruiting landscape.

At its peak on the recruiting trail, Washington Football is capable of bringing in Top 20 caliber recruiting classes. Their latest 2023 verbal commitments are a decent pair of 3-star players, but arguably more important is that EDGE prospect Jacob Lane is an in-state recruit–the type that DeBoer and his staff need to keep at home.

Washington football pac-12I conclude the show evaluating Washington Football’s hire of Kalen DeBoer. After a 10-3 season in 2021 with Fresno State that included a win over UCLA and a near upset over Oregon, DeBoer left the Bulldogs after just 2 seasons (1 being 2020) as their head coach.

The task in front of him to rebuild Washington is rather significant, but his hire was perhaps unsurprising—the Huskies last head coach hired out of the Mountain West Conference (Chris Petersen) worked out very well.

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