We’ll continue our review of the known Husky commitments so far with a look at the secondary.
And at the moment, it’s not a long list, consisting only of cornerback Darien Washington of Lutheran High in Orange, Calif. Obviously, UW is after some big-time secondary prospects yet to decide, mainly safety Shaq Thompson, that would greatly alter the look of this class. Also, it might be fair to include the now-eligible Antavius Sims, a JC transfer who signed last year, as part of this class — he will start out his career at cornerback now that he has arrived on campus.
For now, though, Washington is what there is set to sign for the Class of 2012.
CB Darien Washington, 5-11, 175 Orange, Calif., (Lutheran): Washington was one of the early commitments to UW, doing so last May, and holding firm through his senior season — he didn’t take any other trips though he was listed as having an offer from Colorado (here’s what I wrote about Washington last spring when he committed, including lots of comments from his coach Jim Kunau and some details of his track exploits — he’s high-jumped 6-4).
Here’s Washington’s ESPN profile page, which includes this scouting report:
“Washington is a physical defensive back who plays bigger and faster than listed measurables. Tough ball-hawk type defender with a motor. Has above average size and length, room to continue filling out and adding bulk to help his run support skills in the box. Needs to improve his read and diagnosing skills but once he locates ball he flashes good closing speed and solid explosion driving on the ball. Does a good job playing ball to man. Area of concern when projecting for the major college level is his ability to defend in space, breakdown and mirror. That said, if Washington can continue to add size and land in a scheme that deploys him as a strong safety or hybrid, we see a potentially under the radar prospect. Potential to play a hard cover 2 corner as well if the required size to play safety is not added.”
Finally, video of an especially big hit by Washington last fall:
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