It’s been a banner last couple of months for Utah State’s football program when it comes to recruiting in the Pacific Northwest.
During the past four weeks, three high school seniors from Oregon or Washington have verbally committed to the Aggies. Additionally, Aric Davidson, an offensive lineman from Richland, Washington, pledged his commitment in June. The latest was linebacker/running back Jaymason Willingham, who announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter.
“I am excited to announce my commitment to Utah State,!” Willingham posted on Twitter.
Willingham is one of the most highly regarded class of 2019 recruits in Washington and a three-star prospect according to 247sports.com. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is having a very good season for the Steilacoom Sentinels, who were 9-1 heading into Friday night’s game against Sequim.
During the Sentinels’ first 10 contests, Willingham rushed for 991 yards and 13 touchdowns on 111 carries. Defensively, No. 34 has amassed 104 tackles, including 19.0 for a loss, and 12.0 sacks. He has also forced a pair of fumbles and intercepted a pass, according to statistics available on maxpreps.com.
Willingham currently ranks first on his team in rushing yards, rushing TDs, yards per carry (8.9), tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. Willingham, who was recently selected as the SPSL 2A Sound Division Defensive MVP, also shined for Steilacoom as a junior as he rushed for 739 yards and 10 scores, and finished with 120 tackles, including 8.0 for a loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Willingham, who was recruited by the Aggies as a linebacker and made his official visit to USU in mid-October, also had scholarship offers from a handful of Division I programs, including San Diego State and Air Force. Utah State was the first D-I program to offer Willingham, and that was back in April. The senior, who also plays basketball and competes in track & field for the Sentinels, was being recruited by several Pac-12 Conference teams.
Of USU’s 13 class of 2019 scholarship players so far, 11 are 3-star recruits. This is shaping up to be the Aggies’ highest rated class in program history.