Rush with authority? Washington Huskies land one of best run blockers in the country in O’Dea’s Owen Prentice

If the Washington Huskies want to get back to running the football down the throats of defenses, they picked up a signature recruit in the class of 2021 late Thursday afternoon.

UW landed O’Dea four-star lineman Owen Prentice, one of the best run blockers this state has seen in years.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound guard gave the Huskies a verbal pledge over some other heavy hitters – Arizona State, California, LSU, Michigan, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

“He is big, he is strong – and he loves to finish,” longtime O’Dea football coach Monte Kohler said. “He has a little nasty in him.”

According to, Prentice is a top-10 guard prospect nationally – and the No. 4 recruit coming out of a loaded 2021 class in Washington.

“I do not plan on taking visits elsewhere,” Prentice told national recruiting expert Brandon Huffman. “It’s a really big relief, and I am excited to move forward with this part of my life.”

UW has already received commitments from Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard (No. 3 in state), Kennedy Catholic wide receiver Jabez Tinae (No. 8) and Bethel linebacker Will Latu (No. 9).

And the Huskies remain in the hunt for the state’s top two names – Eastside Catholic defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau and Steilacoom wide receiver Emeka Egbuka.

But Thursday was a huge recruiting win for new UW coach Jimmy Lake in getting the two-way all-state performer in Prentice, who was ranked No. 7 on SBLive’s 100 most impactful football players at the end of last season.

With a rugby background – his oldest siblings are Harvard standouts – Prentice is a get-off-the-line-of-scrimmage bullet in the Irish’s run game, and was as important as any player leading O’Dea to the Class 3A championship game.

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