Friday, June 29th, will go down as a huge day for the University of Washington’s 2013 recruiting class. Thanks in large part to the work of former California Golden Bear coach Tosh Lupoi, UW received commitments from seven athletes at their Rising Stars prospect camp. Lupoi, known to be a recruiting guru, also helped shore up the 2012 class at the 11th hour; his most notable acquisition being Scout.com’s #3 overall prospect, Shaq Thompson.
Daeshon Hall, Lavon Coleman, Elijah Qualls, Andrew Basham, Caleb Tucker, Damore'ea Stringfellow and Poasi Moala made the decision to commit all at once in Seattle, a tactic Lupoi used while at Cal to bolster excitement around the program.
Stringfellow said of his commitment "This is once-in-a-lifetime. You've got to remember this. For the next four years, this is where I'm going to be playing ball. This is a really special moment for me." He joins already committed Darrell Daniels to form a duo of two 4 star, 6’3”, receivers who are thought to be 1-2 in the West.
For the fans in the “where’s the beef” camp clamoring for more big uglies in the trenches, here you go. Four of the seven commits are linemen. Daeshon Hall and Elijah Qualls are both 4 star defensive line prospects according to Scout.com. Hall, who played his first two years of high school ball at Seattle’s Garfield High before moving to Lancaster, Texas where he played his junior year, had just recently decommitted from the University of Texas. The 6’6” 220lb defensive end has prototypical size to go with a quick first step tailor-made for Justin Wilcox’s defensive schemes.
While signing day is still about seven months away, and the 2012 season hasn’t even started yet, securing early commitments is always crucial to ending up with a highly rated class. Some may inevitably waver on their commitment, possibly even switch schools, but the buzz created around the program is undeniable and the wave of positivity is influential.