Washington’s late recruiting surge continued tonight as receiver Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey High in Los Angeles committed to the Huskies during a ceremony at an LA restaurant Wednesday night.
Mickens is good friends with two current Huskies who also played at Dorsey — linebacker Matthew Lyons and receiver Marvin Hall, who signed a year ago but sat out due to academic issues and will be a true freshman in 2012.
Mickens committed to USC during his junior year at Dorsey. But he decommitted in December saying at the time that “I didn’t get the impression they were 100 percent” committed to him.
He visited UW the week of the Apple Cup and also later visited Oklahoma State, which was regarded by many as the favorite to win his services. But reports out of Oklahoma earlier today indicated that Mickens was changing his mind, and he confirmed that tonight.
Mickens was named an MVP at the Semper Fi Bowl earlier this month when he caught a touchdown pass from Mercer Island’s Jeff Lindquist, also a UW commit.
Mickens is the 23rd known commit for UW’s Class of 2012 and the fourth receiver — the second receiver to commit today, joining Jordan Payton, who announced for the Huskies earlier.
Throw in Hall, and the Huskies will have a lot of new weapons in its receiving corps next season as they attempt to replace the graduated Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar.
Mickens is also the fourth UW commit in less than 24 hours, joining Payton — also a four-star recruit — Shane Brostek and Shaq Thompson — a five-star recruit — a quartet that has swiftly changed the perception of Washington’s class.
After the commitment of Brostek’s UW’s class had risen to No. 25 nationally and fourth in the Pac-12 in the Scout.com ratings.
Here’s a scouting report on Mickens from ESPN.com that also mentions his ability to play cornerback:
“Mickens is an explosive, undersized wide receiver that may be a candidate to move to corner due to his size. Nevertheless, he can really scoot and possesses excellent quickness and ability to shift gears. He is at his best out of the slot where he can get in space and manipulate defenders as a route runner. Drives off line with good quickness and can change gears when attacking alignment and eating up cushion. Can sharply cut and shows burst into and out of his breaks. . .. Naturally due to his size, Mickens is not going to have much upside as a big play guy on the jump ball or as a redzone threat. He is not physically strong and may struggle to consistently beat press if he can’t win with quickness. In our opinion Mickens is a space player that excels on underneath routes, working the open zones in the middle of the field and a guy that you want to employ in the quick screen game. If he has some more size he would really be a hot commodity because of his natural athletic gifts. We feel he runs well, but may be quicker than he is fast overall. Good prospect that also has big upside in the return game.”
Here are some video highlights of Mickens:
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(And sorry for the earlier premature posting).