Washington had a solid 2012 class, but they have taken it up a notch in 2013. The Huskies brought in a talented team of recruiters, including ace closer Tosh Lupoi during the off season.
Can Washington hang on to Daeshon Hall?
Currently the Huskies have 21 verbal commitments on the final weekend before signing day. Like everyone else, they are hoping to close strong.
What to watch for leading up to Signing Day
The Huskies have to hold on to Daeshon Hall with Texas A&M pushing hard. Washington is also hoping to finish with a number of high profile recruits including Eddie Vanderdoes, Nico Falah, Tyree and Tyrell Robinson among others. Don't be surprised to see the staff pull a rabbit out of the hat on signing day with one of their remaining targets.
If Washington can close strong it will make a great class, even better.
The steal of the Class
Despite being their top-rated commit, Damorea Stringfellow is still my pick as the steal of this class for the Huskies.
Simply put, he's a big bodied, hard working wide out with great speed and terrific hands. He's an above average route-runner and creates great separation using his body. In addition to this list of qualities he's also selfless and not afraid to set up his running back with some mean downfield blocks.
Stringfellow holds many similar characteristics to current Husky standout Kasen Williams. Pac-12 coaches are going to be concerned with Stringfellow for years to come and don't be surprised if he sees playing time his freshman season.
Watch for Stringfellow to make an early impact at Washington.
Addressing the Needs
The Huskies needed to add play-makers, depth and quality at the defensive line position. They have several elite play-makers including quarterback Troy Williams, a proven leader. Williams is going to enjoy having elite wide receivers like Darrell Daniels, Stringfellow and John Ross ready to help him make plays.
Additionally they have acquired several key defensive line commitments but they aren't out of the woods here yet. Elijah Qualls was a close second for steal of the class and will be a good one in Seattle. If the Huskies can hang on to Daeshon Hall that will be a very big win for them. Lastly they need Joe Mathis and Marcus Farria to qualify to round out this position. Both are a big academic concern and would be a blow to this class if they aren't able to get one or both in.
I'm also impressed with Washington addressing the need at defensive back and offensive line. Jermaine Kelly, Kevin King and Dane Crane will be key parts of this recruiting class if Sarkisian is going to get the Huskies back to the top of the Pac-12.
My only concern at this time, is Washington continues to lose the top in-state options. The staff will need to address this issue moving forward to get back to that elite level.
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