Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Breaking down UW's 2013 class: WR
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- Washington went looking for playmakers at the receiver position.
As the Huskies assembled their 2013 class, they wanted to pile up prospects who were capable of keeping defenses from focusing attention on standouts Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
They brought in an explosive group.
With not one, but two receivers in the ESPN 150, Washington loaded its arsenal with dynamic recruits.
While the program spent a lot of its time bringing in standouts on defense, the Huskies didn’t neglect their offense and this talented trio has the ability to contribute right away.
Rated the No. 6 receiver in the nation -- the 51st prospect in the ESPN 150 -- Stringfellow is the top prospect in Washington’s 2013 class. The four-star standout had good hands and solid speed, but what is really impressive is his ability to catch passes in traffic.
Pursued by an impressive list of power programs, Stringfellow has kept his commitment with the Huskies since he gave the program a verbal pledge at a local restaurant during Washington’s Rising Stars Camp.
Oakley, Calif., wide receiver Darrell Daniels is one of three four-star California wideouts that have pledged to the Huskies.
The 150th prospect in the ESPN 150, Daniels put together a nice all-around season for Freedom as a senior. He caught 54 passes for 947 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 332 yards on 40 carries, scoring a total of 20 touchdowns.
The four-star prospect has good hands, doesn’t mind fighting off a defender to get the ball and can turn a short gain into a big play.
John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) 5-foot-9, 170-pounds
A versatile athlete, Ross has good ball skills and is capable of playing on both sides of the ball.
The Huskies plan to use the four-star prospect on offense, plugging him in as a speedy playmaker who, like Daniels and Stringfellow, has the talent to step in and contribute early in his career.
Who they want
Washington has completed its 2013 recruiting class at the receiver position.
“It’s a plus,” said John Ross, when asked about having former teammates already in the program. “I’m very comfortable about them being there. We have a good time every time I come. We sit down, we talk and we have fun. I feel like that’s what it’s all about. You’re supposed to have fun and stay on the right track. I feel like, with the environment there, I will.”
“I’m done,” Stringfellow said in a text message after his recent USC visit, reassuring Washington fans about the receiver’s commitment. “I’m going to Washington.”
“All I have to say about my trip is I had a great time and I can't wait to come down and join the team! #godawgs,” Daniels said in tweet after his recent Washington visit.