Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Signing day primer: Washington
By Mason Kelley
Team needs: For the 2013 recruiting class, the Huskies tried to add talent throughout their roster. They had specific needs but wanted to bolster strengths as well.
Some of the key areas the Huskies identified as positions to pursue included receiver, running back, linebacker and defensive line. With six defensive linemen committed and three receivers heading to Seattle next season, Washington has stockpiled prospects at each position.
Help is on the way: Washington is pursuing a pass rush. The Huskies have a star in Danny Shelton, but ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi made it a point to bring in top-tier talent along the program’s defensive line.
ESPN 300 defensive end Joe Mathis should help the Huskies' pass rush.
This group, which might not be finished, could create a playing time problem for the Huskies, which is a good problem to have.
On the other side of the ball, the program has added three playmakers at receiver in Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) -- No. 51 in the ESPN 150 -- Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) -- No. 150 in the ESPN 150 -- and John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan), who should all come in and complement current standouts Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the passing game.
Other key commits: With all the injuries the Huskies endured at running back in 2012, Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) is an important addition. He rushed for 887 yards as a senior and will add depth as Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper work their way back from knee injuries.
Other key additions include quarterback Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) -- No. 171 in the ESPN 300 -- offensive lineman Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita), linebacker Sean Constantine (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and under-the-radar prospects in cornerback Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian) and linebacker Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona).
The Huskies’ list of prospects is impressive, but one of the most important recruits is kicker Cameron Van Winkle (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si), who has the talent to compete for the job as a freshman. He could hold it down for four years.
Other key targets: If Washington decided to wrap up its class now, the Huskies would have arguably the best group of prospects Steve Sarkisian has compiled during his time as the program’s head coach.
However, Washington remains in the mix for more of the nation’s top talent. Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), the nation’s top-rated inside linebacker, is still considering the Huskies. Landing Foster, or defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) -- No. 10 in the ESPN 150 -- would be big for a program that always expects to make a splash before signing day.
Last year it was safety Shaq Thompson. This year, it could be Foster, Vanderdoes or defensive back Patrick Enewally (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr), among others.