Each summer, the University of Washington enrolls incoming freshmen athletes in its summer “bridge” program, which it calls LEAP — short for Learning Experience Achievement Program. The program is designed to help ease the academic transition between high school and college. This blog appears to be a couple years old, but gives a good rundown of what LEAP entails. And you can get updates and such from this year’s program on the LEAP Twitter account: @UW_LEAP.
UW released on Wednesday the list of incoming football players who have arrived on campus and are enrolled in the program, and there are no surprises or unexplained absences.
Each player who signed a letter of intent in February is accounted for. The only exception is OL Devin Burleson from Palmdale, Calif., who plans to grayshirt, per Chris Fetters of Scout.com.
Also, note that DL Jaimie Bryant grayshirted last season, and joined the team this year during spring practices, so while he isn’t included on the list, he is, indeed, participating in LEAP.
Here is the list of LEAP enrollees:
Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Shane Bowman, DL, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB, Saratoga, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep)
Will Dissly, DL, Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman)
Jomon Dotson, TB, American Canyon, Calif. (American Canyon)
Greg Gaines, DL, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)
Darren Gardenhire, DB, Long Beach, Calif. (Cabrillo)
Naijiel Hale, DB, Lakewood, Calif. (St. John Bosco)
Matt James, OL, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Coeur d’Alene)
Jaylen Johnson, DL, Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
Sidney Jones, DB, Diamond Bar, Calif. (West Covina)
Brayden Lenius, WR, North Vancouver, B.C. (Chaminade)
Brandon Lewis, DB, Rancho Murieta, Calif. (Pleasant Grove)
Drew Lewis, LB, Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake)
*Gavin McDaniel, TB, Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
Kaleb McGary, DL, Fife, Wash. (Fife)
Jojo McIntosh, DB, Canyon Country, Calif. (Chaminade Prep)
Dante Pettis, WR, San Clemente, Calif. (Junipero Serra)
*Matt Preston, LB, Corona, Calif. (Diamond Ranch)
*Morgan Richey, OL, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
*Max Richmond, WR, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Drew Sample, TE, Bellevue, Wash. (Newport)
Jesse Sosebee, OL, Garden Grove, Calif. (Edison)
John Turner, OL, Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
Tristan Vizcaino, PK/P, Chino Hills, Calif. (Damien)
*Jake Wambaugh, LB, San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma)
Lavon Washington, DB, Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds)
*You’ll note that McDaniel, Preston, Richey, Richmond and Wambaugh are preferred walk-ons and were not part of the signing class.
UW begins preseason camp on Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Coach Chris Petersen will hold a pre-camp press conference on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.
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