Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Huskies stay hot with four-star commit
By Jeremy Crabtree
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- After a slow start, the Washington Huskies are red-hot. The Huskies picked up three commitments in the past two weeks following their Rising Stars Camp and added an ESPN 300 prospect Tuesday at The Opening.
Fontana (Calif.) Summit four-star receiver Erik Brown joined the commitment parade when he pledged to Washington on ESPNU. The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Brown picked the Huskies over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Fresno State, Houston, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and others.
"This whole process, it's a blessing, but I've worked hard for it," Brown said.
Washington made a major push for Brown early on. The Huskies' staff offered early in the process and told him he could make a major impact as a receiver.
“They were one of the first schools to believe in me,” Brown said. “The coaches were honest, up-front and believed that I could make an impact for them. That was something that really meant a lot. They saw that I had something special before all the other folks did, and I always kept that in the back of my mind.”
As a junior, Brown caught just 21 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns and recorded one interception, one kickoff return and 13 punt returns. As a senior, those numbers are likely to balloon.
"They're going to let me loose this season," Brown said of his HS coaches. "I'll be playing a lot of quarterback in the Wildcat, slot receiver, outside receiver, punt returner, kick returner, free safety and cornerback. I can't wait."
Ranked as the nation’s No. 178 overall prospect and No. 24 receiver, Brown has drawn comparisons to former Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles with his game. He is scheme-versatile and has return upside, and he consistently catches the football on the fly. Brown has upside as a route-runner but must become more crisp and disciplined in this area.