I don’t care about the 2021 final ranking as much right now because there are a shit load of guys currently rated 3-stars that UW has either offered or likely will offer in the Spring that are elite or really good prospects:
RB: 3-star Tavierre Dunlap and 3-star Byron Cardwell. I’m assuming UW is looking to take two RB’s again this class considering thry’re losing McGrew and Pleasant after next season. These two look like they’re the top realistic targets right now and they’re both elite guys. I would love to get both of them but I doubt that happens because Moobs will be Moobs. Right now I see Dunlap as the more likely one to commit to UW and Cardwell going elsewhere at which point 3-star in-state big back Tuna Altahir could get an offer. Altahir is a legit Pac-12 prospect. If he doesn’t get an offer from UW, I expect him to go to a high-academic Pac-12 school like UCLA, Cal, or Stanford. He possesses a powerful lower body, great balance, surprisingly quick and light feet, natural vision, easy lateral movement, and soft hands as a receiver. He fits the mold of a big, thick bruiser Jimmy would love to put in the game in the fourth quarter to wear a team out and actually FINISH a closely contested game for the win for once. Dunlap and Cardwell would be an elite RB class, but Dunlap and Altahir would be really good as well.
Tuna Altahir, Big Back, 6’0 210, Kennewick, WA:
DT: 3-star Jacob Schuster (Tumwater, WA) and 3-star Voi Tunuufi (Salt Lake City, Utah, East HS). Schuster hasn’t been offered yet but his Junior film warrants one. He’s good. He’s a million times better than Victory Vaka who is rated a 4-star early but will likely drop to a 3-star later. Schuster is a 4.0 student too. Bringing those two in would be like getting Tuli and Taki all over again. Both are 4-star talents. Hopefully Malloe can get them in the boat early and have them help recruit JTT who is the next Vita Vea. Ride the Poly wave baby!
Jacob Schuster, DT/NT, 6’2 300, Tumwater, WA:
OLB: 3-star Logan Fano (Provo, UT) and 3-star Josh McCarron (Everett, WA). Everybody should already know who Fano is and know that he’s elite despite his current 3-star ranking. UW has been on him for a while. He’s borderline 5-star talent IMO. He has all the tools to develop into a first round pick down the road. But this in-state kid Josh McCarron is the real deal too. He’s super twitchy rushing off the edge and can run the hoop around a Tackle. His first step is ridiculous. His closing speed is elite. Easily another in-state 4-star with early offers from Cal and WSU. He’ll be an easy layup for Kwat when offered and we all know Kwat needs his Joe Tryon-esque in-state layups.
Josh McCarron, 6’4 215, OLB, Everett, WA, 18 sacks, 19 TFLs, and 71 tackles on defense while also playing WR on offense, damn son:
WR: 3-star Junior Alexander. Huffman said he’s getting bumped up to a 4-star in the next rankings update but we’ve heard that one before only for it not to happen. He’s one of the best WR prospects out West regardless of ranking so whatever. I see him as the slot WR in this class with hopefully Emeka and Troy Franklin on the outside. Please God!
Safety: 3-star Jaedon Hall (Lakes, WA) and 3-star Jaraye Williams (Kennedy Catholic, Burien, WA). Jimmy might not have to leave the state of Washington to find his two safeties in the 2021 class. Hall is a dynamic 4-star athlete who could legitimately be an elite college player and NFL prospect at either FS or WR. He has speed, great feet, and ball skills at both positions. I like him as a ball hawking FS. Williams is a super tall and lengthy SS prospect who plays with the physicality of a linebacker because he also plays some rush end for Kennedy Catholic. He too has ball skills and the leaping ability of a D1 basketball player. Williams already has offers from USC, Nebraska, and WSU. Both these guys are currently rate 3-star and again, I think both are 4-star talents.
Jaedon Hall, 6’2 185, Free Safety/WR, Lakes, WA:
Jaraye Williams, 6’4 200, Strong Safety, Burien, WA:
ILB: 3-star Trey Reynolds (Queen Creek, AZ). Holy fucking shit have you watched this kid’s Junior film? When Reynolds and Ethan Calvert are wearing pads and helmets, it’s hard to tell them apart. That’s how good Reynolds is. If I’m being objective, Reynolds and Calvert are the top two ILB’s out West.
Trey Reynolds, 6’2 225, ILB, Queen Creek, AZ:
The more I dive into the 2021 in-state recruiting class, the more amazed I am at just how much talent this state is producing right now. It’s the most talented in-state class in the history of the state and I think this is a trend that’s going to continue with Western Washington being a desirable place to live and move to. Just right here in this post I’ve got five in-state guys currently rated 3-stars who look like 4-stars to me and I haven’t even watched all of the in-state guys film yet and there are always one or two more in-state guys who jump on the radar as Seniors as well. We could legitimately see about half of the 2021 class end up being in-state kids. How sick would that be? Jimmy needs to BUILD A WALL around the state of Washington. We should end up with a top-10 class automatically when we get the three 5-star in-state kids. But don’t be worried when the coaches start offering a bunch of these 3-star in-state kids because a lot of these kids are currently super underrated and deserving of 4-star ratings.