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SEATTLE -- As Washington filled out its 2013 recruiting class, the Huskies went after a combination of length and athleticism -- especially on defense.
Of the four linebackers Washington signed Feb. 6, each one is at least 6-foot-1. Three are 6-3 or taller.
From Connor O’Brien (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita), a tall, athletic safety in high school who will transition to linebacker in college, to Sean Constantine (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), a prototypical middle linebacker, Washington added playmakers at the position.
As defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox continues to build his defense, expect the Huskies to continue adding productive prospects such as Keishawn Bierria (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona).
Here is a look at a few of the linebacker recruits Washington is looking at for its 2014 class:
|Watch List outside linebacker Dwight Williams has offers from most of the Pac-12 already.|
El Cerrito (Calif.)
5-11, 182 pounds
The hard-hitting linebacker is also a member of the ESPN Watch List and is drawing plenty of interest from high-profile programs. Calhoun, who patterned parts of his game after Ray Lewis, likes the way Washington’s defense plays and has the Huskies near the top of his list.
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
6-2, 197 pounds
Until recently, Alfieri hadn’t thought much about Washington. Then the Huskies invited him to their junior day and made a positive impression on the standout prospect. From the program to the facilities and the academic opportunities, Alfieri now plans to take a longer look at Washington.
6-0, 230 pounds
A basketball player for much of his life, Hotchkins tried football as a junior and is developing into a Division-I prospect. Built like a linebacker, Hotchkins attended Washington’s junior day and is a prospect to pay attention to if he continues to work on his game.
Tacoma (Wash.) Franklin Pierce
6-3, 199 pounds
Right when Carter seemed to be building recruiting momentum prior to his junior season, he fractured his left tibia and fibula. Now that the injury is almost healed, the prospect has set out to prove he can play. Washington is interested -- the Huskies had him attend junior day -- but they want to see how his leg responds at camps before offering him a scholarship.
Auburn (Ala.) Auburn
6-4, 215 pounds
Washington is a long way from home for the ESPN Watch List member. However, after the Huskies offered him a scholarship in December, he said he would be willing to head to the Northwest if he thought the Huskies provided a family feeling.
Pasco (Wash.) Chiawana
5-11, 178 pounds
While he has yet to land a scholarship offer, Weber called Washington his “dream school.” The Huskies invited him to their junior day, and he will be an in-state prospect to keep an eye on as he prepares for his senior season.