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23 UW signees bios . . . and more might be coming

Editor's note: Here is a list of the 23 signees for Washington on 2011 National Letter of Intent day:

DERRICK BROWN, QB, 6-3, 239, Winchester, Calif. (Vista Murrieta): Missing out on Arizona prep star Brett Hundley, the UW nabbed a bigger dual threat in this two-time Inland Division offensive MVP. Also a punter.

DEXTER CHARLES, OT, 6-5, 280, Camano Island (Stanwood): One of the earliest commitments of this class, this still-growing teenager was a real ambassador to encouraging in-state recruits to stay home.

CONNOR CREE, DE, 6-5, 225, Sammamish (Skyline): Never underestimate players who come from winning programs. Cree is the long-armed, high-effort guy defensive coordinator Nick Holt craves to play strong side.

TRAVIS FREENEY, S/LB, 6-4, 201, Richmond, Calif. (Pinole Valley): One Steve Sarkisian description fits the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic league player of the year -"freakish athlete." Wiry, strong and explosive playmaker.

JARETT FINAU, DE/LB, 6-3, 235, Kirkland (Juanita): One of the recruits the Huskies really liked at their summer camp. And when he moved to Juanita last fall, he played a lot at outside linebacker - adding to his versatility.

MARVIN HALL, WR, 5-10, 168, Los Angeles (Dorsey): This big-time inner-city program produces game-changing pass-catchers, and Hall - who runs the 100 meters in 10.4 seconds - is the latest. Could return kicks.

JAMAAL JONES, WR, 6-2, 180, Spanaway (Graham-Kapowsin): Missed his senior season because of a shoulder injury, he should be ready by fall camp. With his long arms and range, a sleeper as a special-teams returner.

SCOTT LAWYER, DE/LB, 6-2, 197, San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove): He earned first-team honors in the All-Mount Hamilton League at linebacker, but if he continues to grow, a speed-demon pass rusher is his future.

MATTHEW LYONS, DE/LB, 6-2, 188, Los Angeles (Dorsey): A highlight reel in his own right, Dorsey High's 'Hitman' earned a well-deserved reputation for knocking opposing players' helmets off during tackles.

JOSHUA PERKINS, WR, 6-4, 198, Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr): Slowly the Huskies are changing their receiver profile to the bigger, leaper-type athletes with excellent hands. Perkins fits that profile.

MARCUS PETERS, CB, 6-0, 179, Oakland, Calif. (McClymnds): One of the more competitive recruiting battles the UW won, the Oakland Athletic League MVP is strong enough to battle receivers at the line of scrimmage.

DEZDEN PETTY, RB/FB, 6-0, 213, Carson, Calif. (Gardena): A fullback in the mold of former USC standout Stanley Havili, a Steve Sarkisian favorite. Ran for 1,000 yards as a senior, and could be short-yardage factor.

JAMES SAMPLE, S, 6-2, 191, Sacramento, Calif. (Grant): Arguably the UW's top recruit of out of California in 2011, he is big enough to play in run defense, but athletic enough to cover slot receivers in man-to-man coverage.

BISHOP SANKEY, RB, 5-10, 194, Spokane (Gonzaga Prep): An original Washington State commit, the Greater Spokane League MVP heads west, giving the UW a near-sweep of the in-state elite. Elusive and versatile.

AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS, TE, 6-6, 250, Fox Island (Gig Harbor): No recruit received a higher billing for his position nationally (No. 2 by Scout and Rivals) than the Tides' standout. Should play immediately.

DANNY SHELTON, DT, 6-3, 300, Auburn: The heir to Alameda Ta'amu's throne at nose guard, some coaches think the two-time SPSL North lineman of the year would be equally effective as an interior offensive lineman.

ANTAVIUS SIMS, CB, 6-2, 200, Americus, Ga. (Ventura College): Grabbed on signing day, the dual-threat quarterback at Ventura could be the UW's "Wildcat" weapon, but projects mainly as a defensive back.

SIOSIFA TUFUNGA, OG/C, 6-1, 297, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Jordan): Hailing from UW recruiting coordinator Johnny Nansen's alma mater, the Moore League offensive line MVP hasn't played a lot of football, meaning his best years are yet to come.

TANIELA TUPOU, DE, 6-2, 265, Marysville (Archbishop Murphy): He dominated 2A competition in-season, and the Cascade Conference defensive MVP did the same to better players at the UW summer camp.

THOMAS TUTOGI, LB, 6-0, 251, Chula Vista, Calif. (Southwestern JC): The team's only true inside linebacker recruit, he enrolled in January. A tremendous athletic and classic power run-stopper.

COREY WALLER, DE/LB, 6-2, 210, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly): The one pass-rushing guy UW coaches most compared him to is Hawaii product Hau'oli Jamora. Also played middle linebacker in an injury-filled senior season.

KASEN WILLIAMS, WR, 6-2, 210, Sammamish (Skyline): The Parade All-America national player of the year for 2011 is the group's premier athlete. Should quickly skyrocket in the receiver depth chart.

EVAN ZEGER, S, 6-2, 200, Henderson, Nev. (Bishop Gorman): Played at Skyline High as a junior, the All-Sunset Conference defensive back is big already, and should be a middle-of-the-field force.

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