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February 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

First set of player bios

As always, I’ll pass along the player bios of UW’s signees, with the updated heights and weights and quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian from today’s press conference. But there’s a lot here so I’ll break this into two entires, in alphabetical order:

Derrick Brown, QB, 6-3, 239 Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley) — Originally committed to Utah before changing mind and signing with UW. Fits mold of dual-threat QB rushing for 1,037 yards last season and throwing for 1,601 and 19 touchdowns. Can also punt and will be in the competition for that job. Ranked the No. 21 QB in the country by ESN.com. “He possesses a lot of physical qualities we are looking for,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a really unique kid.”

Dexter Charles, OT, 6-5, 280 Camano Island (Stanwood) — All-State by both the AP and Seattle Times. … Ranked the No. 41 offensive tackle prospect by ESPN.com. … Sarkisian said he was a player UW “earmarked early on” and that after Charles committed last spring he helped develop camaraderie among the other in-state commits. “He’s athletic for his size and he’s still growing into his body,” Sarkisian said.

Connor Cree, DT, 6-5, 225 Sammamish (Skyline) — Helped perennial power Skyline win state titles as a sophomore and junior. … A Times Red Chip pick and the No. 56 DE in the country by Rivals.com. … “He possesses a lot of the defensive end characteristics you are looking for,” said Sarkisian. “I love the kid because of his heart, work ethic and the program he is coming from.”

Travis Feeney, LB/S, 6-4, 201, Richmond, Calif. (Pinole Valley) — Originally committed to Arizona before changing decision last week. … No. 3 player on the Contra Costa Times’ “Cream of the Crop” list of Bay Area recruits. … MVP of the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League. … “He’s a freakish athlete, very physical for the wiry body he possesses,” Sarkisian said. “The speed, power, explosion he possesses is something we were looking for.”

Jarett Finau, LB, 6-3, 235, Kirkland (Juanita) — First Team All-State by the Times. … Played mostly as an upright backer in a 3-4 defense and the Huskies may look for him to fill a role as an edge rush passer. … Also played tight end and originally recruited by some schools for that side of the ball but will start out on defense for UW. … Was in UW’s Summer Camp and Sarkisian said he “showed a tremendous work ethic, a lot of character and heart. He’s a very versatile guy.”

Marvin Hall, WR, 5-10, 168 Los Angeles (Dorsey) — Caught 31 passes for 673 yards and nine touchdowns for the Dons and also returned kicks and punts and could have an immediate impact as a returner for UW. … An LA Times All-City Section second team pick as a receiver. … Team went 10-2. … “He’s a real speedster,” Sarkisian said, saying Hall can run a 10.4 in the 100 meters. “He can really fly.”

Jamaal Jones, WR, 6-2, 180, Spanaway (Graham Kapowsin) — Missed senior season due to a shoulder injury that led to some thought he would delay enrollment. But he will be on full scholarship beginning next fall. … Despite injury, ranked the No. 110 WR in the country by Scout.com and a Red Chip pick by the Times. Also fits the mold of recent UW receivers by being a good high school basketball player. “He’s a long kid, basketball player type, really good range,” Sarkisian said.

Scott Lawyer, OLB, 6-2, 197 San Jose (Oak Grove) — Had 69 tackles and seven sacks as a senior and also played receiver in being named second team All-Area by the San Jose Mercury News. … 90 tackles, eight sacks and 23 receptions as a junior. … Will get first look as an edge pass rusher and outside linebacker. …. “He’s a real speed demon,” Sarkisian said. “If there’s one word that describes him, it’s speed.”

Matthew Lyons, OLB, 6-2, 188 Los Angeles (Dorsey) — A first team All-City pick by the LA Times at linebacker. … Had 117 tackles and four interceptions as a senior and 135 tackles and four fumble recoveries as a junior. … Rated the No. 61 OLB by Scout.com. Sarkisian said his nickname was “Hit Man” and that “I’ve never seen so many helmets knocked off in one highlight film.” Another who will get a look as a rush end/linebacker. …

Joshua Perkins, WR, 6-4, 198 Cerritos (Gahr), Calif. — Receiver who committed early and then saw his stock rose when he caught 70 passes for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns. Had 12 catches for 170 yards in a game against Trabuco Hills. … Ranked the No. 64 WR in the country by ESPN.com. … At 6-4, would be the tallest receiver on UW roster. “He has tremendous leaping ability, excellent hands, long arms,” Sarkisian said. “He brings some different attributes than we’ve have here.”

Marcus Peters, CB, 6-foot, 179 Oakland (McClymonds) — Narrowed choices to UW, Arizona State and Oregon State before picking Washington. … From same high school as NBA great Bill Russell and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, among others. … Named the MVP of the Oakland Athletic League. … Had seven interceptions and scored six touchdowns on returns, and figures to get a look as a returner. … Versatile athlete who also played WR, emergency quarterback and kicked. … “It was a dog fight to get him here,” Sarkisian said. “At the end of it all everyone in the country was calling him. He’s big, physical, has a real physical nature at cornerback.” Said that physicality at cornerback is what UW is looking for in attempting to play more man coverage in the future.

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