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2011 UW Football Class Includes 23 Prospects
Release: 02/02/2011
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Feb. 2, 2011

UW Signing Day Central

SEATTLE - Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian announced today that 23 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to enroll and play football at the University of Washington.

The class includes 21 high school athletes and two junior college players. The class includes nine recruits from the state of Washington, 12 from California and one each from Nevada and Georgia.

Following is a list of 2011 signees (linebacker Thomas Tutogi signed in December and enrolled at the start of the winter quarter in January), with a biographical sketch of each:

Derrick Brown • 6-3/239 • QB • Winchester, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS)
Named "All-Valley" Offensive Player of the Year by the North County Times for 2010 ... also named to the Riverside Press-Enterprise's Inland Elite all-area team as a senior ... first-team All-Southwestern League ... played on the Riverside County team in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic following his senior year ... second-team all-state by ESPN.com and first-team All-Inland Empire by rivals.com ... in 2010, led the Broncos to a 13-2 overall record, a 5-0 league mark and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Inland championship game ... passed for 1,601 yards and 19 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,037 and 19 scores in 2010 ... posted five 100-yard rushing games, topped by a 144-yard, three-touchdown performance vs. Norco in the playoff quarterfinals ... named the Southwestern League Offensive MVP and Southern Section Inland Division co-Offensive MVP as a junior ... also named to MaxPreps.com's junior All-America team as a punter, averaging better than 45 yards per punt ... as a junior, led Vita Murrietta to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Inland championship game ... passed for 1,886 yards and 18 scores and rushed for 913 and 15 touchdowns as a junior ... served as the Broncos' primary quarterback as a sophomore, helping team to a 9-3 mark and the second round of the playoffs that year ... listed as the No. 46 quarterback recruit in the nation by scout.com ... rated the No. 22 "dual-threat" QB in the country and the No. 55 overall prospect in California by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 21 QB in the nation by ESPN.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... also plays basketball at Vista Murrieta ... played for coach Coley Candaele.

Dexter Charles • 6-5/280 • OL • Camano Island, Wash. (Stanwood HS)
Named 4A first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2010 ... made Seattle Times all-state team (all levels) after senior season ... first-team All-WesCo 4A North as a senior ... as a junior, helped Spartans to first playoff berth since 2005 ... second-team All-WesCo 4A North offensive lineman as a junior in 2009 ... ranked the No. 41 offensive tackle prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... rated the No. 77 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 13 overall recruit in the state of Washington by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 102 offensive tackle in the country by scout.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... listed as a "red-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... played for coach Matt Brown.

Connor Cree • 6-5/225 • DE • Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline HS)
Named first-team All-KingCo 4A Crest Division as a defensive lineman and second-team as a tight end in 2010 ... missed portion of senior season due to injury ... part of two state championship teams as a sophomore and junior ... helped lead Spartans to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state title game as a senior in 2010 ... honorable mention All-KingCo as a junior ... rated the No. 56 defensive end in the country and the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of Washington by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 89 defensive end in the country by scout.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... listed as a "red-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... an honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" from the News-Tribune ... played for coach Mat Taylor.

Travis Feeney • 6-4/201 • LB/S • Richmond, Calif. (Pinole Valley HS)
Earned first-team All-East Bay and first-team All-Metro (Bay Area) as a senior ... MVP of the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League ... also made first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com ... led the Spartans to an 11-1-1 overall record, a 6-0 league mark and the CIF North Coast Section Division II semifinals as a senior ... team won the ACCAL championship in 2010 as well ... helped team to a 7-3 record and a sectional playoff berth as a junior ... the No. 3 player on the Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" list of Bay Area recruits ... also played baseball at Pinole Valley ... played football under coach Steve Alameda.

Jarett Finau • 6-3/235 • LB/TE • Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita HS)
Named first-team all-state (all levels) by the Seattle Times following senior season ... earned Associated Press honorable mention all-state at tight end for 2010 ... named first-team All-KingCo 3A/2A as an outside linebacker and second-team as a tight end ... helped Rebels to a 9-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in KingCo play as a senior ... led team to state quarterfinals ... attended Marysville-Pilchuck prior moving to Juanita ... made first-team All-WesCo 4A as both a defensive lineman and tight end as a junior ... ranked the No. 39 tight end in the country by scout.com ... rated the No. 14 overall recruit in Washington by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 25 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... listed as a "red-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... an honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" from the News-Tribune ... played for coach Shaun Tarantola at Juanita.

Marvin Hall • 5-10/168 • WR • Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)
Named second-team All-City wide receiver by the Los Angeles Times following senior season ... also a second-team All-CIF L.A. City Section pick by the coaches ... helped lead Dons to a 10-2 record as a senior ... advanced to the L.A. City Section quarterfinals ... as a senior, caught 31 passes for 673 yards and nine touchdowns ... also returned kicks and punts ... helped team to a 9-4 record and the third round of the section playoffs as a junior ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... played under coach Paul Knox.

Jamaal Jones • 6-2/180 • WR • Spanaway, Wash. (Graham-Kapowsin HS)
Missed senior season due to injury ... named first-team All-South Puget Sound League South at wide receiver as a junior and as a sophomore ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... ranked the No. 110 wide receiver in the nation by scout.com ... listed as the state of Washington's No. 11 overall recruit by rivals.com ... listed as a "red-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... an honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" from the News-Tribune ... also a standout basketball player, earning second-team All-SPSL as a junior and honorable mention all-league as a sophomore ... also played in the South Sound all-star basketball game after junior season ... played for coach Eric Kurle.

Scott Lawyer • 6-2/197 • LB • San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove HS)
Earned first-team All-Mount Hamilton League honor as a senior linebacker ... second-team all-area by the San Jose Mercury-News ... totaled 69 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... also a receiver ... helped lead Eagles to an 8-3 overall record and a 6-1 league mark in 2010 ... led team to the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs ... as a junior, notched 90 tackles and eight sacks while also catching 23 passes ... first-team All-Mount Hamilton League as a junior ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... played for coach Jay Braun.

Matthew Lyons • 6-2/188 • LB • Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)
Earned first-team All-City at linebacker from the Los Angeles Times following senior season ... also first-team All-CIF L.A. City Section ... credited with 117 tackles and four interceptions as a senior ... led Dons to a 10-2 record as a senior ... advanced to the L.A. City Section quarterfinals ... as a junior, notched 135 tackles and recovered six fumbles, helping the Dons to a 9-4 record and the third round of the playoffs ... ranked the No. 61 outside linebacker in the nation by scout.com ... rated the No. 50 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 79 overall prospect in California by rivals.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... played under coach Paul Knox.

Joshua Perkins • 6-4/198 • WR • Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr HS)
First-team all-area selection as a senior, caught 70 passes for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns ... in top game of senior season, caught 12 passes for 170 yards and two scores vs. Trabuco Hills ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... ranked the No. 77 prospect in California by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 64 wide receiver prospect in the nation by ESPN.com ... also a standout on the track team ... played for coach Greg Marshall.

Marcus Peters • 6-0/179 • CB • Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds HS)
Named the MVP of the Oakland Athletic League as a senior in 2010 ... also the Bay Area News Group's Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle ... first-team all-state by rivals.com (SectionSports.com) and ESPN.com (CalHiSports.com) ... All-Northern California first-team by GoldenStatePreps.com ... named to the 2010 Cal-Hi Sports All-State team for medium-sized schools by CalHiSports.com ... led Warriors to a 12-0 record as a senior, McClymonds' first-ever perfect season ... beat Fremont in the Silver Bowl to win the Oakland Section title ... second team in Oakland history, and first since 1997, to go 12-0 ... scored on a 51-yard end around and had an interception in the Silver Bowl ... notched seven interceptions as a senior and also scored six touchdowns on kick or punt returns ... also played wide receiver and kicker ... the No. 2 player on the Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop" list of Bay Area recruits ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... listed as the No. 69 cornerback prospect in the country by scout.com ... listed as the No. 30 cornerback in the nation and No. 43 prospect (all positions) in California by rivals.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... played for coach Curtis McCauley.

Dezden Petty • 6-0/213 • TB/FB • Carson, Calif. (Gardena HS)
Second-team All-CIF L.A. City Section following senior season at Gardena ... helped Panthers earn a spot in the Los Angeles Section playoffs as a senior in 2010 ... earned first-team All-Marine League at running back as a junior ... also saw some action at quarterback and linebacker during high school career ... reportedly the first football player from Gardena High to earn a Division I scholarship out of high school since former Husky Damon Mack (1988) ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... rated the No. 11 fullback in the nation by scout.com ... played for coach Ed Lalau.

James Sample • 6-2/191 • S • Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
First-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section as a senior ... also named first-team All-Metro (Sacramento Bee), first-team All-Delta Valley Conference, and first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com ... also first-team all-state by rivals.com (SectionSports.com) and All-Northern California first-team by GoldenStatePreps.com ... third-team all-state by ESPN.com ... recorded 109 tackles as a senior at Grant ... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl ... led the Pacers to a 13-1 overall record ... team advances to the championship game of the CIF San Joaquin Section Division II playoffs his senior year ... helped lead team to a 12-1 record as a junior, when he recorded 111 tackles for the season ... also named first-team All-Metro as a junior ... a PrepStar All-American ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... rated the No. 135 overall recruit (all positions) and No. 9 safety in the country by rivals.com, which also named him the No. 15 prospect in California ... listed as the No. 257 overall prospect and No. 22 safety in the nation by scout.com ... rated as the No. 68 outside linebacker prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... played for coach Mike Alberghini.

Bishop Sankey • 5-10/194 • TB • Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep HS)
Named 4A first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2010 ... two-time Seattle Times all-state selection at running back ... Greater Spokane League MVP as a senior in 2010 ... finished career as all-time leading rusher in Greater Spokane League history with 4,355 yards ... broke the GSL record in a game vs. Mead when he rushed for 359 yards ... ran for 253 yards and three scores vs. Mt. Spokane and followed that with 299 yards and four touchdowns agianst University ... rushed for 235 and four TDs vs. Shadle Park ... also had 229 rush yards and four scores vs. Central Valley ... rushed for 2,518 yards as a senior, also a GSL record ... helped Bullpups to a 7-3 overall record and 7-2 mark in the Greater Spokane League as a senior in 2010 ... rushed for 2,011 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine games as a junior, earning first-team All-GSL and honorable mention 4A all-state from the AP ... had four 200-yard rushing performances as a junior ... a PrepStar All-American ... rated the No. 150 overall prospect (all positions) and the No. 17 running back recruit in the nation by scout.com ... listed as the No. 235 overall recruit and No. 19 running back in the country and the No. 5 prospect in Washington by rivals.com ... one of five seniors from the state named a "blue-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... an honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" from the News-Tribune ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... played for coach Dave McKenna

Austin Seferian-Jenkins • 6-6/250 • TE • Fox Island, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS)
Named 4A first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2010 and as a junior in 2009 ... an ESPN second-team All-America selection as a senior in 2010 ... two-time member of the Seattle Times all-state team, as a senior and a junior ... finished career with school-record 126 receptions ... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl following senior season ... as a junior, caught 62 passes for 1,152 yards and 11 TDs ... ranked the No. 32 overall prospect (all positions) and No. 2 tight end in the nation by scout.com ... listed as the No. 2 tight end and the No. 39 overall recruit in the country by rivals.com ... also listed as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Washington by rivals ... listed as the No. 101 overall recruit in the nation by ESPN.com ... member of the PrepStar "Dream Team" as the nation's No. 30 overall prospect ... named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" first team ... one of five seniors from the state named a "blue-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... one of just eight players from the Pacific Northwest named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... also played basketball for the Tides ... played under coach Darren McKay.

Danny Shelton • 6-3/300 • DT • Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS)
Named 4A first-team all-state, as both an offensive and defensive lineman, by the Associated Press in 2010 ... also first-team all-state as a junior (offensive line) ... made the Seattle Times all-state team as both a junior and a senior ... twice named both the South Puget Sound League 4A North's Offensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year ... played in the Offense-Defense Bowl following senior season ... helped lead Trojans to a 9-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the South Puget Sound League North in 2010 ... advanced to the state quarterfinals ... along with earning the SPSL's Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior, was also (naturally) first-team all-league at both spots that year as well ... led Auburn to state quarterfinals as a junior in 2009 ... first-team All-SPSL on both lines as a sophomore as well ... a PrepStar All-American ... ranked the No. 32 defensive tackle in the country by scout.com ... rated the No. 120 overall prospect and the No. 10 defensive tackle in the nation by rivals.com ... rival's No. 3 recruit in the state of Washington ... nation's No. 43 DT recruit, according to ESPN.com ... Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" honorable mention ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... one of five seniors from the state named a "blue-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... one of just eight players from the Pacific Northwest named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... also participated in track & field as a thrower and was a standout wrestler at Auburn ... played football for coach Gordon Elliot.

Antavius Sims • 6-2/200 • ATH • Americus, Ga. (Americus-Sumter/Ventura College)
Played quarterback at Ventura (Calif.) College in 2009 and 2010 ... named the first-team All-Southern California Football Association Northern Conference QB ... in 2010, completed 165 of 299 pass attempts for 1,956 yards, and 13 touchdowns ... also rushed for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns on 223 carries ... led the Southern California JCs in total offense with 2,960 yards ... also set school records for single-season and career total offense (4,866) ... second in Ventura College history in career TDs (25) and second in career passing yards (3,273 yards), passing TDs (24), rushing TDs (25) and fourth career rushing yards (1,593) ... named the Pirates' MVP after the 2010 season ... as a freshman, threw for 1,327 yards and 11 touchdowns on 98-of-170 passing while rushing for 579 yards and TDs ... also played basketball at Ventura ... played for coach Andre Slappey at Sumter and coach Steve Mooshagian at Ventura.

Siosifa Tufunga • 6-1/297 • OL • Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Jordan HS)
Won the Moore League Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior ... second-team All-CIF Southern Section ... helped Panthers advance to the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 playoffs as a senior ... second-team All-Moore League as a junior, when he played alongside current Huskies Princeton Fuimaono and John Timu ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... rated the No. 83 offensive guard recruit in the country by scout.com ... played for coach Thomas Barnes.

Taniela Tupou • 6-2/265 • DL • Marysville, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy HS)
Named to the Associated Press 2A all-state first team as a defensive lineman and to the second team as a tight end ... made the Seattle Times all-state team (all levels) in 2010 ... earned Cascade Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Cascade at both tight end and defensive line as a senior ... named to the USA under-19 national team that played in the Team USA-Team World game ... played in the All-Polynesian All-America game after senior season ... helped lead Wildcats to a 13-1 overall record and a 7-0 league mark as a senior in 2010 ... Murphy advanced to 2A state title game before falling to Tumwater ... first-team Associated Press all-state defensive lineman as a junior ... also made Seattle Times "Star Times" all-area team as a junior ... led team to state semifinals as a junior ... ranked the No. 285 overall prospect (all positions) and the No. 30 defensive end in the nation by scout.com ... rated the No. 6 overall recruit in Washington and the No. 32 strongside defensive end in the country by rivals.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... one of five seniors from the state named a "blue-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... an honorable mention "Northwest Nugget" from the News-Tribune ... played for coach Dave Ward.

Thomas Tutogi • 6-0/251 • LB • Chula Vista, Calif. (Chula Vista HS/Southwestern JC)
Enrolled at the UW in January and will be a true sophomore in 2011 ... played the 2010 season at Southwestern ... earned first-team all-league honors ... finished the 2010 season with 120 total tackles, good for third in the Southern California Football Association ... also fourth in the league with 17.5 tackles for loss ... was once named his conference's all-purpose player of the week after a game in which he scored two touchdowns while also notching 18 tackles and a forced fumble ... played fullback and linebacker at Chula Vista High ... as a senior, posted 140 tackles and scored 12 touchdowns ... in 2009, his final season, helped lead the Spartans to a 4-1 league record and a trip to the playoffs ... earned first-team All-Mesa League and second-team All-San Diego Section ... rated the No. 21 junior college prospect in the nation (all positions) by rivals.com ... older brother Taimi plays at Arizona ... played for coach Ed Carberry at Southwestern and coach Judd Rachow at Chula Vista.

Corey Waller • 6-2/210 • LB • Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Missed a significant portion of senior season due to injury ... nonetheless helped lead Jackrabbits to an 8-3 record as a senior ... advanced to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs ... led team to second round of the playoffs as a junior, when he posted 82 tackles and 10 sacks ... member of the 2008 Poly team that went 14-1, won the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 title and played in the CIF Open Division Bowl, its only loss of the year ... ranked the No. 31 outside linebacker in the country by scout.com ... rated as the No. 19 OLB in the country and the No. 32 overall recruit in California by rivals.com ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... played for coach Raul Lara.

Kasen Williams • 6-2/210 • WR • Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline HS)
Named the Parade All-America National Player of the Year, the first player from Washington ever so honored ... also named a first-team All-American by USA Today and by ESPN ... also a first-team All-America selection by MaxPreps.com ... the state's player of the year (all levels), according to the Associated Press ... Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2010 ... two-time Seattle Times all-state selection and the newspaper's state player of the year as a senior ... three-time member of the Times' "Star Times" all-area team ... KingCo 4A Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-KingCo wide receiver and second-team kick/punt returner in 2010 ... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl following senior season ... helped lead Skyline to the state title game four times, winning three state championships ... Spartans went 12-2 and reached the state final his senior year in 2010 ... finished career with 4,121 receiving yards and 56 receiving touchdowns on 235 receptions ... yards and receptions totals were fourth in state history and TDs ranked third all-time ... caught 86 passes for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior in 2010 ... first-team All-KingCo 4A Crest wide receiver and second-team safety and returner as a junior ... first-team AP all-state receiver as a junior ... notched 1,209 yards and 20 TDs as a junior ... caught three touchdown passes in the state title game in 2009 ... named Seattle Times Eastside athlete of the year as a junior ... won the state championship in the triple jump (47-6) and was second in the high jump and triple jump as a junior ... named the Seattle Times boys athlete of the year as a sophomore ... first-team All-KingCo wide receiver and second-team defensive back as a sophomore ... caught 56 passes for 909 yards and 13 TDs as a sophomore ... caught winning touchdown in the state title win over Bothell in 2008 ... won the state 4A championship in the high jump (6-10), took second in the triple jump and third in the long jump as a sophomore ... rated the No. 22 overall prospect (all positions) and the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation by scout.com ... listed as the nation's No. 98 overall prospect by rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 2 prospect in Washington and the No. 13 receiver in the country ... the No. 70 overall recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com ... member of the PrepStar "Dream Team" as one of the country's top 150 prospects ... named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" first team ... one of five seniors from the state named a "blue-chip prospect" by the Seattle Times ... one of just eight players from the Pacific Northwest named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West ... son of former UW standout wide receiver Aaron Williams, who earned four letters (1979-82) for the Huskies ... also a standout basketball player at Skyline ... played football for coach Mat Taylor.

Evan Zeger • 6-2/200 • S • Henderson, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
Named first-team All-Sunset Conference as a defensive back and second-team as a wide receiver as a senior in 2010 ... helped lead Gaels to a 13-2 overall record and a class 4A state championship as a senior in 2010 ... Bishop Gorman beat McQueen, 40-0, in state title game ... played at Skyline High near Seattle as a junior, helping Spartans to the state championship in 2009 ... named first-team 4A all-state as a defensive back by the Associated Press following his junior year at Skyline ... also first-team All-KingCo Crest Division as a junior ... attended Bishop Gorman as a sophomore ... listed as the No. 28 safety prospect in the country and the No. 4 recruit in Nevada by rivals.com ... ranked the No. 35 safety in the nation by scout.com ... a PrepStar All-Region selection ... played for coach Tony Sanchez at Gorman.

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