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The AZ Ties Ran Deep for the Washington Huskies, So What’s Next?

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The Washington Huskies ended their season on Monday night in a 34-13 loss against the Michigan Wolverines in the National Championship. The obvious question is n0w what’s next for the Husky players? There are eight players that played high school football in Arizona for the Huskies, proving that Arizona has become a big recruiting hot bed for big programs.

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The transfer portal is open for five days for all of Washington’s players and the NFL declarations have started now too. Here is what’s “potentially” next for the eight Arizona-based players on the Huskies roster

Dominique Hampton (Senior DB from Centennial)

Dominique Hampton spent six seasons with the Huskies after coming from Centennial High School as a three-star recruit. He experienced three different head coaches in Seattle from Chris Petersen to Jimmy Lake and finally Kalen DeBoer. He really came on strong during his last three seasons, totaling 30, 42, and 108 tackles this past season. The Glendale native is on his way to the NFL after maxing out his eligibility in college. He will be participating in the East-West Shrine Game next before getting ready for the draft.

Bralen Trice (Junior EDGE from Sandra Day O’Connor)

Bralen Trice spent three seasons in Washington off the edge and has improved each season. He was a three-star recruit from Sandra Day O’Connor High School. He burst onto the scene last season for the Huskies with 10 sacks and 39 total tackles. he came into this season as one of the best players on Washington’s defense and totaled 49 tackles, seven sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He was great in the semifinal game against Texas. Depending on where you look, Trice seems entrenched at the end of the first round of the NFL Draft. He has the size, speed, and skill that has NFL Scouts loving his potential.

Will Haskell (Sophomore QB from Ironwood)

Will Haskell started his career as a quarterback at San Diego State and then decided to transfer to Washington. He was a three-star recruit from Ironwood High School, but only saw game action in five games before transferring to Washington this past summer. He was the third-string quarterback for the Huskies behind both Michael Penix Jr. and Dylan Morris. He is expected to stay in Seattle for at least one more season, even though they just brought in another quarterback in Will Rogers.

Jaden Green (Junior LS from Mesa) & Grady Gross (Sophomore PK from Horizon)

Jaden Green was the starting long snapper for the Huskies this year on their path to the National Championship game. He came to Seattle from Mesa High School and is expected to stay at Washington and compete in the Big Ten next year.

Grady Gross became the starting place kicker for the Huskies this season as a walk-on. His defining moment came with a game-winning kick against the Washington State Cougars and immediately following the win was offered a full scholarship. He is expected to be the starting kicker next year too.

Lance Holtzclaw (Redshirt Freshman DE from Desert Ridge), Parker Brailsford (Redshirt Freshman OL from Saguaro), Matteo Mele (Redshirt Freshman OL from Salpointe Catholic)

Holtzclaw has a lot of potential as a three-star but did not do much in a limited capacity this season. He is up next with Bralen Trice expected to be gone.

Parker Brailsford and Matteo Mele are both expected back to help an offensive line that was elite this past season. Brailsford was a three-star recruit, while Mele was a four-star recruit.

 

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