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January 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Commit spotlight — defensive line

While we wait in these final days before the LOI period begins Wednesday to see which uncommitted players will decide to be Huskies, I thought I’d also review those who have already agreed to sign on the dotted line. And I figured I’d do it by position grouping. So today, the defensive line:

DE Damion Turpin, 6-3, 255, Compton, Calif. (Dominquez): Turpin committed in December after having been previously committed to UCLA. It was reported in November that the Bruins backed off of him and he then reconsidered his options. He is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 61 overall defensive end, and also is rated three stars by Rivals.com. ESPN.com also gives him three stars and rates him 88th at his position (and you’ll notice lots of varying weights listed, from 225 to 255, so will be interesting to see what he is when he arrives).

Here’s a brief scouting report of Turpin from noted recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

Here is some video of Turpin:

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DT Josh Banks, 6-3, 285, Stockton, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta JC): So far, Banks is the lone JC transfer in UW’s Class of 2012, committing in December, having also earned offers from Iowa State and Oregon State. Scout.com rates him a 3-star recruit as does Rivals.com.

Here is some video of Banks, and more here.
DE Cory Littleton, 6-4, 220, Spring Valley, Calif. (Mount Miguel): Littleton is one of two Mount Miguel players to commit to UW, and was voted the Grossmont Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year each of the past two years and finished his career with a school record 26 sacks. He said he also had 72 tackles and 16 sacks this season.

“He’s certainly a guy who could come in and play right away,” said Mount Miguel coach Tom Karlo. “I think he (Littleton) is going to really be a guy who blossoms in the next two years. He’s only about 215 pounds right now, about 6-foot-3-and-a-half, but he could easily grow another inch and add another 30-40 pounds in the next two years. So now you have a guy who can be other things and grow into something.”

Karlo, who led his team to an 8-2 record this season, said there’s lots of proof of Littleton’s ability to rush the passer.

“He could be a lot of different things,” Karlo said. “He could be a defensive end, a rush end, a rush linebacker in a 3-4, a weakside linebacker in a 4-3. He’s really versatile.”

Here is some video of Littleton:

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DL Malcolm Jackson, 6-3, 255, Spring Valley. Calif. (Mount Miguel): Jackson, the other Mount Miguel player to commit to UW, did so last June and then saw his stock only rise when he was named the San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year in December.

“They got a real sleeper,” Karlo said when Jackson committed. “They saw him early and really went after him. … I think Washington got a steal.”

Karlo said that interest in Jackson skyrocketed during the spring visitation period once coaches made the trek to Mount Miguel and looked at his film.

“I was a little shocked at how much attention he was getting just because it was so early in the game,” Karlo said. “Within the first week, he had five offers. I was a little surprised. But at the same time, I didn’t doubt his talent at all.”

While Jackson is listed in some places as low as 225 pounds, Karlo said that “he was 257 in the summer and that “He’s got the frame to go to 290 and play defensive tackle at the next level,” Karlo said.

Here is a good feature on Jackson from last fall. A story from last week on how tight Jackson and Littleton are. And here’s some video.

DE Kalei Auelua, 6-1.5, 240, Honolulu (St. Louis): The 6-3, 240-pound Auelua also committed to UW last June, at the time having reported offers from the likes of UCLA, Colorado and Utah.

He has been rated three stars by Scout.com and two by Rivals.com

Here’s a snippet of a scouting report on Auelua from ESPN.com: “Auelua is a defensive end who displays a knack for getting after the quarterback. He possesses just adequate height, but does carry a solid amount of bulk on his frame. He needs to be more consistent with his get-off, but he can be an explosive kid. Looks at his best when he can just pin his ears back and rush the passer. Not a lot of flash and there is room for improvement, but he can attack up-field and get to the outside shoulder. He will work the rip move and displays solid ability to get some body lean and get bended back in towards the quarterback. Auelua needs to keep developing his overall game as there is room to grow as a player, but he can be an explosive and active defender and shows signs of being able to get after the quarterback.”

Here is some video of Auelua:

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