Uneventful, relaxing signing day for Petersen and Washington
SEATTLE (AP) National signing day for Washington coach Chris Petersen was downright serene.
No late flips. No unexpected surprises. No drama.
''In this day and age to make it uneventful takes a little more work and a little more strong-ness of will so to speak,'' Petersen said.
Washington added a recruiting class of just 17 players on Wednesday, adding a range of depth that hit on nearly every position on both sides of the ball, highlighted by California running back Sean McGrew, Arizona defensive back Byron Murphy and California linebacker Camilo Eifler. The Huskies signed six skill position players on offense, two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two linebackers, four in the secondary and even a punter.
It's a well-rounded, well-balanced third recruiting class since Petersen arrived at Washington, even if it was small in numbers.
''It's a little bit different because you're starting to make some decisions early on … and that's why we always say this recruiting thing is a two-way street. When a kid commits to us that dramatically changes our recruiting as well,'' Petersen said. ''You don't have all these extra scholarships.''
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: On the bubble
Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a 4-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career.
Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds.
Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4×100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver.
One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia.
How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016.
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