The Washington Huskies are on the rise in the Pac-12 Conference with Steve Sarkisian in his fourth season at the helm of the program, and it is about time for the nation to take notice.
The Stanford Cardinal found out the hard way earlier this season that the Huskies are one of the top young teams in the nation. Washington topped Stanford, 17-13, on Sept. 27th.
Although the Huskies are dealing with some issues along the offensive line, they will get better up front as their younger players gain more experience. With a host of playmakers returning next season there is no reason Washington cannot challenge for a BCS bowl berth.
Keith Price will likely be back for his senior season in Seattle; leading rusher Bishop Sankey is only a sophomore and so is Washington's top wide receiver, Kasen Williams.
Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi has also made a big impact as a recruiter. Lupoi left the Cal Golden Bears and managed to steal 4-star defensive end Pio Vatuvei from the USC Trojans, 3-star defensive back Cleveland Wallace from Oregon State and the nation's No. 4 overall prospect Shaq Thompson from his former employer.
The Huskies finished last year's class with six prospects rated higher than 4-stars and its 2013 class already has 18 verbal commits, five of which are 4-star recruits.