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January 2, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Montana strong in UA game, four other UW commits prepare for O-D Bowl

A big day for a lot of future Huskies has already begun as Nick Montana has helped lead the Black Team to a 32-7 win in the Under Armour All-America Game. You can read a live game blog here on ESPN.com that includes several mentions of Montana’s strong play.
If you missed the game this morning, you can catch it again Sunday at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPNU and Monday at 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
Four other Huskies will play today at 2 in the Offense-Defense Bowl , which will be televised on Fox College Sports (Channel 415 on Comcast in the Seattle area) and will have replays at various times on various FSN channels throughout the weekend and early next week.
The four playing in the O-D game are LB Darius Waters and WR Jamaal Kearse of Lakes, RB Chris Young of Auburn and OL Erik Kohler of Oaks Christian.
I had a chance to talk to all four late last week. Here’s what wrote about Young.
Here’s what some of the others said:


KEARSE: Kearse, the younger brother of current UW receiver Jermaine Kearse, will play that position in the O-D Bowl today. But there has been talk he could be used as a defensive back at UW and he said this week that “I have no idea” where he will play as a Husky. “But it really doesn’t matter to me,” he said.
The talk of being moved used as a safety at UW began to grow during his senior season at Lakes when he seemed to play better on that side of the ball, something he acknowledged. “I feel like I’m doing a little bit more this year at safety than receiver,” he said.
That could mean going up against his brother every day in practice the next few years. “That would be pretty fun,” he said. “I used to do it in high school.”
Kearse said WSU and Vanderbilt each kept in touch with him for a while after his initial commitment to UW but that “I stayed with my choice at UW.”
KOHLER: The 6-5, 285-pound Kohler committed to UW last August, shortly after his HS teammate Montana, and the two are among the biggest reasons UW’s class is likely to be ranked in the top 15 when singing day finally arrives.
Kohler said he will play left tackle for the Huskies and hopes to see the field next season but will be happy with however his role develops.
He said he will work out six days a week until arriving at UW in June along with most/all of the rest of the freshmen for the summer bridge program.
“My primary goal is to be in shape and take care of business and get as big as I can,” he said.
Kohler then clarified that he’s at about 285 pounds now, which he says is a good weight, but wants to turn more of it into muscle.
He said UCLA continues to call him but that he’s been “100 percent” committed to the Huskies since the day he made his decision public last summer.
WATERS: The 6-2, 220-pounder is listed as a tight end/linebacker by the recruiting sites but says his initial position at UW will be linebacker, specifically on the strong side (the position played this year by Mason Foster).
Waters said he has no real set goals for next season, saying that “I’m not going in assuming anything other than to work hard and do what I can.”
Waters was among UW’s first commits last March and says he has never wavered.
“I just really liked the coaching staff and the difference I could see they were making,” he said. “They proved what I thought this year that they were making a change and I really liked that.”
Waters said the four future Huskies have been spending a lot of time together at the O-D Bowl and that the practices have also been good preparation for his entry to UW.
“It’s just learning how to read coverages and stuff like that, just dropping back into coverage,” he said. “That’s going to be the main thing (he has to work on at UW). Defending the run is not going to be very hard. It’s defending the pass that is going to be difficult.”
Waters says he weighs about 220 pounds but will work to get a little bigger by the time he arrives at UW next summer.

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