Washington Adds Vega Ioane, Graham-Kapowsin Offensive Lineman
On Friday morning, University of Washington football coach Jimmy Lake sent out his signature Twitter message "Woof," signifying that a player had just committed to the Huskies.
That player is offensive lineman Vega Ioane, an offensive lineman for Graham-Kapowsin High School, the alma mater of current UW starting quarterback Dylan Morris
In fact, the last three commitments received by Lake and his staff have been to offensive linemen. Others are Scottsdale, Arizona, center Parker Brailsford, who committed in the middle of May, followed by O'Dea High School's Mark Nabou, who started off June with his pledge.
With just a small amount of film to go on, given the short spring football season, Ioane impressed UW recruiters.
"When all of Sports Illustrated All-American's evaluation is completed for the players, I expect that he will be an All-American candidate," said Trevor Mueller, Husky Maven high school recruiting analyst.
Mueller said Ioane moves well for someone who carries a 6-foot-4, 320-pound frame.
"He has the size to be a road-grating offensive lineman, but he's also quick enough to defend against the quicker edge-rush defenders," Mueller said. "He is well-coached, between his time with Heir Football and G-P."
At last month's game between Ford Sports Performance and Heir Football, Ioane looked the part of a D-1 lineman.
"His size sticks out, even up against some of the best the state has to offer," said Mueller. "He's an important piece of the offensive recruiting class as a whole, but also for putting a fence around the state for the Huskies."
In his commitment video on Instagram, Ioane thanked his teammates, coaches and his family.
"With hard work and dedication comes success," he said. "I'm ready to take this next step in my life."
Ioane helped G-P to an undefeated season in the 4A South Puget Sound League. He anchored the line on an balanced offensive attack that averaged 441 yards of offense and 32 points per game in the five-game, league-only season.