Jack Sula, the 5-foot-10.5, 205-pound running back/linebacker from Carson, Calif., finished his junior season with 1840 yards rushing for 20 touchdowns. He also caught four touchdowns for 350 yards. Defensively, he had 42 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.
Sula says he benches 275 pounds, squats 515 and has a 35.5-inch vertical jump. "I'm a real physical guy and like contact," Sula said. "I'm real smart on both sides of the ball and I can do it all. If it were up to me, I'd never get off the field.
"I want to improve my breakaway speed and have quicker cuts and footwork." He reports a 4.7 forty.
Sula said he favors Washington slightly over USC, UCLA, California, Fresno State and San Diego State. Of those, only the Huskies and Aztecs have offered. He also has offers from Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Utah and San Jose State.
Growing up, Sula followed USC. "My whole family are big fans," Sula said. "I grew up on them. They are always winning and have the best tradition. All of the top California players go there.
"I went to the USC camp a few weeks ago and they said they liked how I can do everything and that I'm a great everything back. They just said they want to see some improvement in my speed."
He says that the Trojans are recruiting him as a linebacker, but that most of the other schools, including the Huskies, are going both ways. "Washington is recruiting me the most right now," he said. "We've been in contact a lot and they are always sending me letters and email and get in touch when they can. I like how they are very personal and honest with me. I talk with all the coaches and we just have a great relationship."
Sula has already been the USC camp, but he plans on visiting several schools during the summer.
"I plan to visit Washington and San Diego State for sure," Sula said. "I'd like to get a chance to see as many schools as I can. I want to play for a program right off the bat and that's another reason I like Washington so much. They are eager to get me and I think I could play early there. I'd love to commit before the season starts. If I was to get hurt or something, I'd like to know that I have a scholarship still."
Besides the Trojans, Sula is also waiting on offers from UCLA and Cal. "I've talked with coach Karl Dorrell at their camp last summer and we got along well," Sula said. "I get a lot of mail from them, but I haven't talked to any of the other coaches or anything.
"Cal is also just sending letters right now," Sula said. "They have a great program and I have a couple cousins that go there."
Sula's cousins are defensive tackle Matt Malele and offensive lineman Norris Malele. "We don't really talk about recruiting much," Sula said. "They just tell me about how great Cal is and how much they like it. They just said to use my time wisely and not to think about what anybody else thinks."
He reports a 3.8 core GPA and is waiting on the results from the June 5 SAT.