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Washington signs Caleb Smith, recruiting update

On Friday afternoon, Washington added a 16th member to its 2025 recruiting class. Caleb Smith announced his decision to play for the Huskies on a day packed with commitment announcements in the Washington program. The Huskies had their eyes on four prospects who made their college decisions on Friday. Smith was one of the four, while the other three committed elsewhere.

Caleb Smith signs for Washington

After Smith took his official visit over the weekend of June 21, the defensive lineman announced his decision to join Washington on Friday afternoon. His decision narrowed down to two Big Ten programs, Purdue and Washington. Smith officially visited the Boilermakers the week before traveling to Seattle. Both programs were very interested in the Alabama native, who attends Parker High School in Birmingham. Smith took to social media to announce his decision, where he pledged to play football for the Washington Huskies.

Smith is a 6’4″, 260-pound defensive lineman who plays both the EDGE position in a two-point stance and the inside position in a three-point stance. His high school footage shows a player comfortable at both positions, although he is considered an EDGE at the college level. At the snap, Smith is explosive in contact with the opponent. When he gets into the backfield, Smith hits running backs and quarterbacks hard and physically.

When Smith lines up at EDGE, he shows great patience in his RPO reads rather than jumping the gun. He maintains good arm distance from blockers, allowing him to shake off blockers and get his hands on the ball carrier effectively. This allows him to slow the play down and get his hands in the throwing lanes and on the football. Smith’s athleticism could also allow him to slide back into a hybrid linebacker position. The Alabama native is a versatile player on the defensive front and a valuable asset for the Huskies.

Interested parties are involved elsewhere

Smith was one of four players scheduled to announce their college decisions on Friday. One of the others was five-star cornerback Dijon Lee Jr. His list of finalists included Washington, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, USC and Texas A&M. The California native ultimately chose Kalen DeBoer and the Crimson Tide over Washington and the others.

Four-star defensive lineman Josiah Sharma announced his commitment just 30 minutes after Lee, both doing so live on YouTube. Sharma had already committed to Washington in January. The coaching change later in January led to his withdrawal. When his recruitment reopened, he received offers from Texas, Oregon and Alabama. On Friday, Sharma committed to Washington’s southern rival, the Oregon Ducks.

Darius Afalava was also expected to commit on Friday. The three-star offensive lineman narrowed his final four to Washington, Utah, Michigan State and Oklahoma. Afalava’s cousin, Champ Taulealea, also plays on the offensive line. Taulealea recently committed to Washington as a member of the 2025 recruiting class. Afalava, the No. 4 player in Utah, announced his decision live on social media, where he chose Oklahoma.

Caleb Smith Washington
Photo courtesy: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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