Emeka Megwa, Jordan Lolohea and Draco Bynum of the UW Huskies leave the football program

Emeka Megwa has never participated in a practice or a game in Washington.

The red-shirted freshman running back and former four-star rookie — along with junior defensive lineman Draco Bynum and second EDGE runner Jordan Lolohea — have left the football program, a spokesperson confirmed Monday. university.

UW currently has 81 scholarship players, four under the 85-man limit, with the option to add more through the transfer portal or award scholarships to overperforming walk-ons this summer and fall.

Megwa — a 6-foot, 213-pounder from Fort Worth, Texas — was originally a 2022 rookie but reclassified to join UW a year earlier, with her arrival announced September 22. A high school injury kept Megwa out of practices or games last fall, and that rehabilitation has continued this winter and spring. Unlike the majority of other injured UW players, Megwa was not seen at any UW practices on April 15.

When he committed to UW in July 2021, Megwa did so despite offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma , Oregon, USC and many more. . He was rated a four-star rookie and the No. 28 athlete in his class by 247Sports.

But it’s unclear if/when Megwa will be healthy enough to compete and if he no longer fits Washington’s offensive system. UW’s new staff added a trio of transfer stragglers — Aaron Dumas, Wayne Taulapapa and Will Nixon — this offseason, in an obvious overhaul of the running backs room.

With a whopping nine scholarships on its roster coming out of the spring, there was certainly some expected (and planned) attrition. Redshirt freshman Caleb Berry also announced his intention to transfer last month.

When asked after the “Spring Preview” his biggest concern heading into the summer, Husky coach Kalen DeBoer said the status of the UW running back position was “probably the biggest thing we’re concerned about”.

Now it’s easy to understand why.

As for Bynum and Lolohea, both have earned little action in their Husky careers. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Bynum arrived as a four-star freshman from Wilsonville, Oregon High School in 2018, but has contributed just one tackle in four seasons and seven career games.

Lolohea (6-2, 265) actually signed with Washington in 2017, but a mission trip delayed his arrival until the winter of 2020. The three-star Salt Lake City East High School freshman had nine tackles in 10 games last fall, after redshirting like a real freshman in 2020.

But it was obvious by the end of spring training that Lolohea hadn’t considered UW’s future plans. In an April 26 interview, Husky EDGE coach Eric Schmidt said, “You need five guys, I feel like, to say, ‘We’ve got enough depth to be a football team. of championship. “”

The five guys he named were senior Jeremiah Martin, junior Zion Tupuola-Fetui, sophomores Bralen Trice and Sav’ell Smalls, and redshirt rookie Maurice Heims.

The only EDGE exchange he omitted was Lolohea.

More reinforcements are also on the way, as true three-star freshman Lance Holtzclaw and College of San Mateo junior transfer Sekai Asoau-Afoa will both arrive in Seattle this summer.

But in today’s college football culture, rosters can never be written in permanent ink.

Ryan H. Bowman