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UW Football Welcomes 15 Newcomers On Early Signing Day

Dec 16, 2020

2021 Signing Day Central | Full Press Release (PDF)

The Washington football program received National Letters of Intent from 15 future student-athletes on the opening day of the early signing period for NCAA Division I football, head coach Jimmy Lake announced today.
 
Washington's class of 2021 newcomers, which could grow during the traditional signing period that starts in February, includes players from Washington, California, Texas, Utah, Hawai'i, and Kansas, as well as one from Germany.
 
Join Washington Athletics for a virtual Signing Day celebration on February 3, 2020, when Coach Lake will give an insider's look at the 2021 class. More details to come. For any questions, please contact the Tyee Club at tyeeclub@uw.edu.
 
Following is an alphabetical list of signees, along with a biographical sketch of each:
 
Caleb Berry • TB • 6-2 / 210 • Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)
Siaosi Finau • DL • 6-4 / 280 • Maui, Hawai'i (Renton)
Maurice Heims • OLB • 6-6 / 245 • Hamburg, Germany (Santa Margarita Catholic)
Sam Huard • QB • 6-1 / 190 • Bellevue, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic)
Caden Jumper • TE • 6-3 / 250 • Eatonville, Wash. (Eatonville)
Will Latu • ILB • 6-2 / 230 • Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel)
Dyson McCutcheon • CB • 5-11 / 175 • Claremont, Calif. (Bishop Amat)
Quentin Moore • TE • 6-5 / 245 • Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor/Independence (Kan.) CC)
Vincent Nunley • S • 6-1 / 190 • Oakland, Calif. (Freedom)
Kuao Peihopa • DL • 6-3 / 300 • Makakilo, Hawai'i (Kamehameha)
Owen Prentice • OL • 6-3 / 290 • Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
Zakhari Spears • CB • 6-2 / 190 • Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
Jabez Tinae • WR • 6-1 / 205 • Seattle, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic)
Voi Tunuufi • DL • 6-2 / 270 • South Jordan, Utah (East)
Robert Wyrsch • OL • 6-7 / 285 • Capitola, Calif. (Soquel)
 
Caleb Berry • TB • 6-2 / 210 • Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)
Rushed for 529 yards and nine touchdowns on 83 carries (6.4 yards per carry) before suffering a season-ending injury in early November ... team finished the regular season 5-4 and earned a berth in the state Conference 5A D1 championship tournament in 2020 ... named to the 2020 preseason East Texas Dream Team ... as junior, helped the Panthers to a 9-2 overall record and a playoff berth ... rushed for 864 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team all-district ... as a sophomore, Lufkin went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... ranked the No. 43 running back recruit in the country by 247Sports.com ... ESPN's 49th-ranked running back ... played for coach Todd Quick.
 
Siaosi Finau • DL • 6-4 / 280 • Maui, Hawai'i (Renton)
Played offensive and defensive line at Renton ... served as a captain as a junior in 2019 (the 2020 season was canceled/postponed) ... named first-team All-South Puget Sound League 2A on the offensive line in 2019 ... ranked the No. 88 defensive tackle prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... threw the shot, discus and javelin at the club level and in high school ... also wrestled and played rugby ... played football for coach Gustavus Lawlar.
 
Maurice Heims • OLB • 6-6 / 245 • Hamburg, Germany (Santa Margarita Catholic)
Played defensive end and tight end for the Eagles' junior varsity (California high school rules state that international transfers can not play on the varsity in their first season) as a junior in 2019, after having moved to the U.S. from Germany ... played for the TB Hamburg Iron Swans and AHe AFV Hamburg prior to moving ... would have made varsity debut in 2020, but the season was canceled/postponed ... listed as the No. 33 weakside defensive end in the county and No. 47 prospect in California by 247Sports.com ... ESPN.com's No. 74 defensive end recruit ... ranked the No. 47 strongside defensive end prospect in the country and No. 49 recruit in his state by Rivals.com.
 
Sam Huard • QB • 6-1 / 190 • Bellevue, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic)
Started at quarterback at Kennedy Catholic for three seasons (the 2020 season was canceled/postponed) ... in three seasons (senior year was canceled/postponed), passed for 11,741 yards to rank No. 4 in state history in passing yards ... led the state in passing yards as both a sophomore and junior ... also passed for 132 career touchdowns, tied for fifth-most in Washington state high school history ... his 132 career touchdowns are tied with former Eatonville quarterback Bobby Lucht for fifth-most in state history. Moore holds the record of 173 TDs ... named to the USA Today preseason All-America first-team heading into the postponed 2020 season ... as a junior, led his team to an 11-1 overall record and the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament ... completed 269 of 426 passes for 4,172 yards, 56 touchdowns and 11 interceptions ... following junior season, named the Seattle Times' area offensive player of the year and the Associated Press 4A state player of the year ... also named first-team all-state (all levels) by both the Seattle Times and Scorebook Live ... MaxPreps Junior All-America second-team selection ... named first-team All-NPSL Mountain Division quarterback in 2019 ... also first-team All-NPSL Mountain Division and the league's offensive back of the year as a sophomore in 2018 ... 2018 honorable mention AP all-state quarterback ... completed 248 of 395 passes for 4,141 yard, 42 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a sophomore ... as a freshman, 229 for 397 for 3,432 and 34 touchdowns, earned second-team All-NPSL Cascade Division quarterback ... named the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year in 2017 ... named a 2021 Polynesian Bowl ambassador ... also named to the West roster for the 2021 All-American Bowl ... rated the nation's No. 1 pro-style QB, No. 23 overall prospect and No. 3 recruit in the state of Washington by 247Sports.com ... ranked the nation's No. 14 overall prospect and No. 1 pro-style QB by ESPN.com ... ranked the nation's No. 16 recruit and No. 2 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com ... father, Damon, played quarterback at Washington, lettering from 1993 through 1995, and finished his career as the UW's all-time leading passer, in terms of career yards ... Damon went on to 12-year career in the NFL, winning two Super Bowl rings ... Sam's uncle, Brock, was also a starting QB at UW (1996-98) and broke his older brother's UW passing yards record before playing for the Colts and Seahawks in the NFL ... another uncle, Luke, played football at North Carolina and was later a graduate assistant coach at UW ... also played basketball at Kennedy ... played football for coach Sheldon Cross.
 
Caden Jumper • TE • 6-3 / 250 • Eatonville, Wash. (Eatonville)
Named the offensive MVP of the 2A South Puget Sound League Mountain Division as a junior in 2019 ... Associated Press 2A all-state as an all-purpose player in 2019 ... also named honorable mention all-state (all levels) by Scorebook Live ... helped lead the Cruisers to a 6-5 record and the first-round of the 2A state tournament as a junior ... rushed for 1,117 yards and and 13 touchdowns on just 115 carries (9.7 yards per carry) and also passed for 992 yards and 11 TDs ... caught three touchdown passes ... the SPSL Mountain Division's Offensive MVP as a sophomore in 2018, when Eatonville finished 8-3 and made the 2A state playoffs ... named Associated Press' 2A all-state honorable mention at linebacker as a sophomore ... rushed for 661 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching 15 passes for 450 yards (30 yards per reception) and four scores as a sophomore ... earned honorable mention AP 2A all-state as a freshman ... 574 yards and 17 rushing TDs as a freshman ... rated as the country's No. 66 tight end ("Y") prospect by ESPN.com ... ran the 200 and 400 meters on the track team and also played basketball ... played football for coach Gavin Kralik, younger brother of former UW football and baseball player Joe Kralik.
 
Will Latu • ILB • 6-2 / 230 • Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel)
Played safety and running back for the Braves ... as a junior in 2019, helped lead Bethel to an 8-4 record and the quarterfinals of the state 3A tournament ... earned Associated Press 3A all-state at linebacker, as well as honorable mention all-state at running back as a junior in 2019 ... also named first-team all-state (all levels) by Scorebook Live ... the Pierce County League's offensive back of the year in 2019 ... rushed for 707 yards and 14 touchdowns on 120 carries, while also catching 12 passes for 214 yards and five scores ... as a sophomore in 2018, earned first-team All-Pierce County League as a running back ... helped Bethel to a 7-4 overall record and the first round of the 3A state playoffs in 2018 ... selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl ... rated the No. 15 "athlete" recruit in the county and No. 9 prospect in the state by 247Sports.com ... listed as the No. 289 overall prospect and No. 30 outside linebacker in the nation, as well as the No. 7 recruit in the state by ESPN.com ... ranked the No. 20 safety in the country and No. 5 prospect in Washington by Rivals.com ... also played basketball at Bethel ... played football for coach Mark Iddins.
 
Dyson McCutcheon • CB • 5-11 / 175 • Claremont, Calif. (Bishop Amat)
Named to MaxPreps' 2020 preseason All-California team as an all-purpose player ... named first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I as a junior ... named to the CalHiSports California all-junior team in 2019 ... also first-team All-Mission League on defense ... helped Bishop Amat to a 9-2 overall record and a CIF Southern Section Division I playoff berth in 2019 ... also helped the Lancers to a 9-2 record and a CIF-SS playoff berth as a sophomore in 2018 ... ranked the country's No. 30 cornerback and No. 39 prospect in California by 247Sports.com ... ESPN.com's No. 52 cornerback recruit ... listed as the No. 43 CB in the country and No. 34 prospect in California by Rivals.com ... father, Daylon, played football at Bishop Amat and was an All-Pac-10 defensive back at USC before playing eight seasons for the Cleveland Browns ... Daylon is currently the DBs coach at Bishop Amat ... Dyson's grandfather, Lawrence McCutcheon, played running back at Colorado State and then spent 10 years in the NFL, earning five Pro Bowl invitations ... ran sprints and relays on the track team ... played football for coach Steve Hagerty.
 
Quentin Moore • TE • 6-5 / 245 • Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor/Independence (Kan.) CC)
Played the 2019 season at Independence, helping the team to the KJCCC title, going 8-2 overall and 6-1 in conference ... named first-team All-KingCo Crown Division at nglemoor as a senior in 2019 ... caught 38 passes for 547 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... ranked the No. 14 overall JC prospect in the nation and No. 1 JC tight end by 247Sports.com ... father, Mark, played defensive back at Oklahoma State and for the Seahawks ... played for coach Kiyoshi Harris at Independence and for coach Steve Hannan at Inglemoor.
 
Vincent Nunley • S • 6-1 / 190 • Oakland, Calif. (Freedom)
Had transferred to Freedom High for his senior season, but the season was canceled ... attended Encinal High in Alameda, Calif., prior to his senior year ... named to the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro team following his junior season in 2019 ...  helped lead Encinal to an 11-2 overall record and a trip to the CIF North Coast Section Division V championship game, where the Jets lost, 14-13, on a late, blocked field goal ... recorded five interceptions during his junior season ... as a sophomore, helped the Jets to an 8-4 overall record and the quarterfinals of the CIF-NCS Division III playoffs ... credited with 66 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore ... ESPN.com's No. 97 safety prospect ... played for coach Keith Minor at Encinal.
 
Kuao Peihopa • DL • 6-3 / 300 • Makakilo, Hawai'i (Kamehameha)
Played offensive and defensive line at Kamehameha for three seasons (2020 season was canceled) ... named honorable mention All-Hawaii Open Division as a junior in 2019 ... also first-team All-IHL at defensive tackle and honorable mention at offensive tackle as a junior ... selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl ... ranked the No. 48 defensive tackle in the country and No. 4 prospect in Hawai'i by 247Sports.com ... rated the nation's No. 49 DT by ESPN.com ... Rivals.com's No. 16 defensive tackle in the country and No. 2 recruit in his state ... played for coach Abu Ma'afala.
 
Owen Prentice • OL • 6-3 / 290 • Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
In three seasons on the varsity (2020 season was canceled), helped lead O'Dea to the 3A state championship game three times, while compiling a record of 35-4 ... as a junior, led the Irish to the 3A state championship game and an 12-1 overall record ... named to MaxPreps' Junior All-America first team in 2019 ... also Associated Press 3A all-state as a junior ... named to the Seattle Times all-area team following his junior season ... also named first-team all-state (all levels) by both the Seattle Times and Scorebook Live ... first-team All-Metro on both offensive and defensive line as a junior ... earned the Metro League Mountain Division offensive lineman of the year as both a sophomore and junior ... named 3A first-team all-state by the Associated Press as a sophomore ... first-team All-Metro selection on both sides of the ball as a sophomore in 2018 ... also helped O'Dea to the 3A state championship game as a sophomore in 2018, when the Irish finished with an 11-2 record ... played on the varsity as a freshman in 2017, when the Irish went 12-1 and won the 3A state championship ... earned honorable mention All-Metro League at guard as a freshman ... selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl ... ranked the nation's No. 118 overall recruit, the No. 7 offensive guard in the county and the No. 4 prospect in Washington by 247Sports.com ... listed by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 236 overall recruit and No. 11 guard ... Rivals.com's No. 12 guard in the nation and No. 7 prospect in Washington ... played for coach Monte Kohler.
 
Zakhari Spears • CB • 6-2 / 190 • Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
Played three years as a cornerback, safety and wide receiver on the varsity (no season in senior year) at Loyola ... earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division 4 at cornerback as a junior in 2019 ... despite a 3-6 regular-season record, the Cubs came back in the playoffs and advanced all the way to the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs ... rated the No. 29 cornerback in the nation and No. 37 overall recruit in California by 247Sports.com ... ESPN.com's No. 68 cornerback prospect ... ranked the No. 40 corner in the country and No. 31 player in California by Rivals.com ... participated in sprints and jumps on the track team ... played football for coach Drew Casani.
 
Jabez Tinae • WR • 6-1 / 205 • Seattle, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic)
Played wide receiver and defensive back at Kennedy Catholic ... second-team All-NPSL Mountain Division wide receiver as a junior in 2019 ... caught 45 passes for 964 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ...  helped lead Kennedy to an 11-1 overall record and the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament in 2019 ... first-team All-NPSL Mountain Division following sophomore year in 2018 ... caught 59 passes for 1,221 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore ... named honorable mention AP all-state as a sophomore ... as a freshman, caught 59 passes for 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns ... earned first-team All-North Puget Sound League Cascade Division as a freshman, the only ninth-grader to make the team ... selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl ... ranked the No. 39 receiver in the nation and No. 8 recruit in the state by 247Sports.com ... rated the nation's No. 151 overall prospect and No. 29 wide receiver, as well as the state's No. 5 recruit by ESPN.com ... played football for coach Sheldon Cross.
 
Voi Tunuufi • DL • 6-2 / 270 • South Jordan, Utah (East)
Captained the Leopards to an 8-5 record and to the semifinals of the state 6A playoffs as a senior in 2020 ... credited with 126 tackles and 14 sacks in 2020 ... named to MaxPreps' 2020 All-Utah first team on the defensive line ... made the Deseret News' 6A all-state first team as an offensive guard ... also made it all the way to the 6A state semifinals in 2019, when the Leopards finished 10-4 ... named second-team 6A all-state at defensive tackle by the Deseret News as a junior .. also a first-team All-Region 3 first-team selection as a junior ... team went 7-3 and earned a berth in the 6A state tournament in 2018 ... selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl ... rated the No. 37 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 8 prospect in his state by 247Sports.com ... ESPN.com's No. 27 defensive tackle prospect ... rated by Rivals.com as the No. 21 DT and No. 5 overall prospect in Utah ... also an experienced rugby player ... played football for coach Brandon Matich.
 
Robert Wyrsch • OL • 6-7 / 285 • Capitola, Calif. (Soquel)
Only played one season of varsity football, spending time on the offensive and defensive line, as well as tight end, at Soquel ... as a junior in 2019, helped the Knights to their first CIF Central Coast Section playoff berth since 2012, finishing the season 8-3 overall ... earned first-team all-league honors on both the offensive and defensive lines ... father played college baseball and mother was a collegiate swimmer ... also played basketball at Soquel ... played football for coach Dwight Lowery.