Friday, January 18, 2013
HuskyNation mailbag: Jan. 18
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- If Wednesday were any indication, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian made the rounds this week.
He was in Diamond Bar (Calif.) to watch film and extend scholarship offers to sophomore receivers Cordell Broadus and Kanya Bell. He spent an evening with cornerback commit Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian) during an in-home visit. And he stopped by Pomona (Calif.) High School to check in on linebacker commit Azeem Victor.
In the weeks leading up to signing day, the Huskies are working on showing current commits they are wanted and adding new players to this group while also looking at the future.
The program turns its attention to official visitors this weekend, with six prospects who have committed to the Huskies expected to be on campus.
While receiver Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), defensive lineman Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande), cornerback Kevin King (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd), defensive end Marcus Farria (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial), linebacker Sean Constantine (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and defensive lineman Jaimie Bryant (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater) get a preview of life at Washington, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@JonGores via Twitter: Any chance UW grabs some Oregon commits now that Chip (Kelly) is leaving?
A: At this point, I don’t expect any Oregon commits to flip to Washington. Now, if a few kids decide to open things up, the Huskies will certainly gauge their interest and, at that point, things could change.
The rumors of Kelly jumping to the NFL are nothing new. Most recruits commit knowing that is part of the business, so they include the coaching staff as part of a larger equation. Every Oregon commit knew this could happen when they gave the program a verbal.
Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens shouldn't be looking over his shoulder too much at the 2013 class, at least not right away.
@JT_Campos via Twitter:If UW gets all the signed letters from out WR class, should (Jaydon) Mickens be worried about playing time? (They are tall.)
A: Mickens’ ability to come in as a freshman and contribute is a sign he is pointed toward a very good career with the Huskies. I don’t think his playing time will diminish substantially next season.
Washington’s blue-chip receiver commits -- Daniels, Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) and John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) -- each have the potential to contribute right away and it should lead to good competition at the receiver position.
However, Mickens will have a season’s worth of experience working in his favor, so I expect him to be a big part of Washington’s offense in 2013.
@udubfan13 via Twitter:How many scholarships do we have left for 2013?
A: That is an interesting question. I will answer it this way. I think Washington fills its class with 25 prospects. Now, looking at the roster, it might seem like the Huskies don’t have enough room. However, the program will find a way to create the room it needs to add the prospects it signs through attrition and transfers.
The coaching staff won’t sign prospects they can’t make room for and, as of now, the Huskies should finish with a full class.
@LJGinger via Twitter:Where do you think (Myles) Jack winds up? UCLA? ASU? Oregon? UW?
A: Before Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) took a trip to Arizona State, I thought it was down to UCLA and Washington.
However, Jack really enjoyed his time on the ASU campus. He seemed to be seriously considering the Sun Devils. There is a lot riding on his next two visits -- UCLA and Washington.
Jack has flipped his Oregon trip to Florida State, so the Ducks seem to be out of the mix. It’s hard to predict where he will commit, because I honestly don’t think he knows where he will end up.
Mike, Seattle, via e-mail:I'm not convinced Psalm Wooching can survive as a fullback in the Pac-12 with his lankiness. Any chance Elijah Qualls gets a chance at fullback with limited depth there, or Pio Vatuvei? They seem like similar players and, with Jonathan Amosa graduating, we need a big, athletic fullback that can come in and blast linebackers, something we haven't had (really) since Sark has been here.
A: If Washington felt like it needed depth at fullback, the Huskies could use Qualls there. He has plenty of experience at the running back position.
However, Qualls has the potential to be a special player on the defensive line. His combination of size and athleticism is a rare asset and he could end up being a disruptive force at that position.
The Huskies have shown they have no problem playing standouts on both sides of the ball, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to get some time at fullback, but his long-term future should be at defensive tackle.
Vatuvei did see some time at fullback, so there is always the possibility he could see snaps there in the future.