The Washington Huskies return all but one cornerback who saw any playing time this season (the graduating Vonzell McDowell, Jr.).
So that wasn’t a spot where the Huskies had to get a lot of numbers in this recruiting class. But they needed to get at least some, and the Huskies nailed down two in Kameron Jackson of Long Beach Poly and Marcus Peters of McClymonds High in Oakland.
Peters committed in late January, helping kick off Washington’s late recruiting surge.
Peters was the Bay Area News Group-East Bay Defensive Player of the Year in making eight interceptions and leading McClymonds —- a school of only 240 kids — to a 12-0 record and the Silver Bowl title (essentially the Oakland city championship.)
Said McClymonds coach Curtis McCauley: “He’s a long player. He’s tall, about 6-2, about 180 pounds, runs like a 4.4 40-yard dash, has tremendous closing speed and playmaking ability due to being able with his instincts to anticipate and make plays and jump routes. So he played man-to-man most of the year and it’s hard to get a lot of picks out of man-to-man, but he was very creative and made things happen out there.”
He also played some wide receiver, and in one game when the starting QB was injured, stepped in and played that position, as well. Asked how he did, McCauley simply said “we won 31-0.”
Peters also returned five punts for touchdowns, and given UW’s struggles to solidify its return teams the last few years, figures to have a chance to compete for that role, as well.
McCauley said Peters is a full academic qualifier. He also took trips to Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State before choosing UW.
“It was just a good fit for him from the academic standpoint as far as being able to get help when needed academically, and from an athletic perspective that he should be able to play right away,” McCauley said.
Here’s video of Peters:
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