Monday, December 2, 2013
ESPN 300 WR decommits from Huskies
By Blair Angulo and Erik McKinney
Washington didn't just lose coach Steve Sarkisian to USC on Monday; it also lost its only ESPN 300 recruit in the 2014 class.
Wide receiver Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Cabrillo) made noise a few days ago when he decommitted from Washington and then recommitted a few hours later, citing a miscommunication with the coaching staff. On Monday, there was no miscommunication, as Johnson decommitted.
Johnson, the nation's No. 243 overall recruit, will now look at a number of Pac-12 programs, including Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State, as well as Nebraska.
The Huskies are now left with just seven verbal commitments and will likely be scrambling to hold onto that small number in the coming days -- though Washington certainly has the ability to bounce back quickly with a strong hire, as well as holding onto some assistant coaches.
One prospect to watch among committed players is cornerback Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). The three-star defensive back holds a number of offers, but never received an offer from USC under Lane Kiffin or Ed Orgeron.
"It's wild -- I didn't know this was happening," Lockett said. "I have to see what is going on from a coaching standpoint now. [Sarkisian] was a major reason why I was committed there, along with my position coach."
The Huskies will also likely take a sizable hit in the race for ESPN 300 running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom). Mixon used one of his official visits to see the Huskies, but tweeted on Monday that Sarkisian's move to USC put the Trojans back in the picture.
While the Huskies were moving somewhat slowly with the 2014 class, the 2015 class picked up two big pieces in recent weeks in ESPN 300 prospects Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North) and Austin Joyner (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck).
Joyner took to twitter for a quick reaction on Monday, joining a number of recruits thrown into some immediate confusion by the events of the day.
Joyner won't be the only one, was Washington must work quickly to regain momentum with recruits.