Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Breaking down UW's 2013 class: OL
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- If there is one question that has come up throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle, it is: “What is going on with Washington’s offensive line class?”
Don’t panic. The Huskies have plenty of young players already in the program. Throw in the pair of prospects currently committed and, even if the program does not add another recruit in 2013, the offensive line will be fine.
Washington is working to land at least one more player at that position, but if the Huskies can avoid the injuries they endured along the line in 2012, they should be able to develop continuity among the starters while developing their young prospects heading into next season.
Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) 6-foot-3, 305-pounds
The four-star standout is known for his strength and physical play. Rated the No. 4 center in the nation, Crane participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
In addition to his talent, Crane has been one of Washington’s biggest supporters in the 2013 class. He fell in love with the program during a spring trip to Seattle and has never wavered in his support.
Don’t be misled by his two-star status. The Huskies staff believes Kirkland is a prospect who can play. He has the athleticism to develop into a Pac-12 starter. He doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other prospects Washington has recruited, but he has the potential to develop as he gains experience at the next level.
Who they want
Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) 6-foot-4, 267-pounds
Rated the No. 224 prospect in the ESPN 300, Falah has been committed to USC since July. However, the Huskies have continued to pursue the prospect. He took his official visit to USC last weekend and, based on his Twitter reaction, enjoyed the trip.
Finding a way to lure Falah away from the Trojans would be a big boost to Washington’s 2013 class.
Riley Sorenson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) 6-foot-5, 318-pounds
Sorenson has kept quiet late in the recruiting process. The three-star tackle has always been high on the Huskies, but has yet to announce a decision.
Since there hasn’t been much news on Sorensen recently, it is difficult to determine where he will end up, but it certainly helps the Huskies’ cause to have his high school teammates, Crane and Connor O’Brien, already committed to the program.
“The future is bright,” Kirkland said, when asked about Washington’s offensive line. “I believe that. Those guys are young and they’re just getting really good at what they’re doing. I’m excited to be a part of something big.”
“He’s a tough guy,” Crane said, when asked about Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto. “He’s all about business, but he cares about his players. I don’t feel like my relationship could be much better.”