Thursday, February 28, 2013
Early look: UW's 2014 OL targets
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- The most talked-about position in Washington’s 2013 class was the offensive line.
People wanted to know who was coming and who the Huskies were targeting. Washington ended up signing three prospects along its offensive front -- Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita), Andrew Kirkland (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) and Coleman Shelton (Los Angeles/Loyola).
As the faxes rolled in Feb. 6, fans were already looking ahead to next year’s class.
While the Huskies have some talented young linemen in the program and three more on their way, Washington is already targeting 2014 prospects. Here is a look at some of the offensive linemen who could end up being a good fit:
Damien Mama Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 6-foot-3, 323 pounds Mama has already piled up a long list of offers that includes programs such as Florida State, Ole Miss and more than half the Pac-12. Mama attended Washington’s junior day and is a top target for the Huskies.
Viane Talamaivao Corona (Calif.) Centennial 6-2, 299 A member of the ESPN Watch List, Talamaivao is earning interest throughout the Pac-12 and has an SEC offer from Ole Miss. Washington wants to continue to compete with USC and UCLA for California’s top recruits, and Talamaivao would be a nice addition to the Huskies’ 2014 class.
Kaleb McGary Fife (Wash.) 6-8, 273 McGary is the top in-state offensive lineman in the 2014 class. He played tight end as a junior, but his future is at the tackle position. His size and athleticism makes him an attractive prospect. Washington offered him early, but he already has offers from half the Pac-12 and will receive plenty of attention before he commits to a program.
Andrew Mike Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino 6-6, 275 If there is one state that is loaded with 2014 talent, it is Arizona, and Mike is one of the top prospects. The ESPN Watch List member has an offer from Washington, and the Huskies will try to land one of his five official visits next season.
Layth Friekh Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial 6-5, 260 High school teammates with defensive end Marcus Farria, who signed with Washington, the Huskies already have a connection to the program, which should help with Friekh. Another talented 2014 prospect out of Arizona, he is already piling up Pac-12 offers.
Mason Johnson Kent (Wash.) Kentlake 6-3, 300 Capable of playing on both sides of the ball, Johnson recently attended Washington’s junior day. While he has yet to land any offers, he is a prospect to keep an eye on through the camp season and his senior year.