ESPN 300 QB Carta-Samuels picks UW
January, 22, 2014
By Erik McKinney | ESPN.com
It's not often that a recruit goes through the recruiting process two separate times without a stop at a junior college in between, but that was the case for ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep). He was one of the first 2014 recruits to make a verbal commitment when he pledged to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2012, then became likely the last quarterback domino to fall in the Pac-12 conference when he committed to Washington on Wednesday.
Between his two commitments was a long stretch of nothing -- Carta-Samuels followed his brother, Austyn, in committing to Vanderbilt and then took his name off the recruiting map -- followed by a whole lot of action when former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin took over at Penn State, forcing Carta-Samuels to re-evaluate his options.
Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra) to USC and was stranded without a commitment at the position. Carta-Samuels took an official visit to Washington this past weekend -- then went on an official visit to Boise State immediately following it -- as the two Pacific Northwest schools became the finalists for the No. 264 overall prospect and No. 14 pocket passer in the ESPN 300.
Originally, Carta-Samuels was scheduled to take an official visit to Vanderbilt on Jan. 24, but the 6-foot-2, 224-pound quarterback announced on Twitter that he would no longer be taking that trip. Shortly after that announcement, he declared his commitment to Washington -- signaling out ESPN 300 safety Bishard “Budda” Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), another Washington target, in the process.
Landing Carta-Samuels is a huge recruiting victory for Washington, which is now generating some serious momentum under Petersen. The strong-armed quarterback is the first ESPN 300 and four-star prospect to join the Washington class since the Huskies lost receivers Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Cabrillo) and Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit) to USC and Cal, respectively.
Washington was the lone Pac-12 program without a quarterback in its 2014 class, so it won't be a shock to see Carta-Samuels quickly take the recruiting reins as the leader of the Huskies' class. He'd done a terrific job in the regard for Vanderbilt, which held a very solid class together until Franklin's departure. Washington now has 15 members in its 2014 class, with 11 of them joining since Petersen's arrival.