Huskies once again travel to the Mojave Desert to deliver a receiver


LaMason Waller III visited the University of Washington over the weekend on a football recruiting excursion, which seems a bit ironic since he barely spent any time in high school.

He’s a ninth-grade student from Hesperia, California.

Waller is a talented enough receiver to already have 16 scholarship offers in hand, accepting his most recent on Saturday from the Huskies.

The UW had a good production of a Hesperia pass-catcher before.

The school brought in Marcel Reese. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound player still holds the UW record for the longest scored play from scrimmage — 98 yards — on a pass from Jake Locker in 2007 against Arizona. Reese then enjoyed a nine-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, and recently returned to the Raiders in an administrative role.

Now comes Waller, an inch taller and 70 pounds lighter.

He plays for the Sultana High Sultans, a rival of Reese’s Hesperia High, in a city surrounded by the Mojave Desert, in an area known as the “High Desert” at 3,186 feet above sea level.

Waller is the second potential receiver from the Mojave Desert to receive a UW scholarship offer over the weekend, joining Keith Reynolds of Adelanto, Calif.

A trackman in his spare time, the rookie finished with 35 receptions for 485 yards and 4 Sultana High touchdowns, 5 including his 77-yard kickoff return for a score.

Waller has offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Florida State, Georgia, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M, among others.

The beauty of being a high school freshman with speed and a desired recruit to the class of 2025 is that his travels and scholarship offers are expected to multiply many times over the next three years, to the point that he can see most of America.

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