January 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Commitment spotlight — Offensive Skill Position players
With letter-of-intent day now just over a week away — Wednesday, Feb. 6 — I thought it would be worth it to again review the players in Washington’s class.
And I thought I would do it sort of by position grouping, starting today with a look at offensive skill position players — quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends.
Six of the 21 players known to be committed to the Huskies fit into that category, including one — quarterback Troy Williams — already enrolled.
QUARTERBACK TROY WILLIAMS
The 6-2, 192-pounder, rated the No. 1 dual-threat QB in the nation, is already enrolled at Washington — here’s his GoHuskies.com profile with lots of relevant facts and figures.
Williams will be one of five scholarship quarterbacks on the UW roster for the spring, giving the Huskies uncommon depth at the sport’s most pivotal position.
RUNNING BACK LAVON COLEMAN
The 5-11, 210-pounder, rated the No. 30 tailback in the country by Scout.com and No. 44 by Rivals.com is so far the only running back in the class (and likely to remain that way, it appears). He was one of seven players to commit to UW on one day last summer and despite getting some serious interest since from the likes of UCLA, has stood firm in that commitment.
With UW pretty deep at tailback, especially if some of the injured players get healthy, Coleman could be looking at a redshirt season in 2013.
Here is some good video of Coleman from Fox Sports Next.
RECEIVER JOHN ROSS
The 5-11, 175-pounder from Long Beach (Calif.,) Jordan has elicited some varying opinions, rated the No. 15 WR in the county by Scout.com and No. 63 by Rivals. And here’s my blog post on Ross from when he committed earlier this month with some info and video.
One of three receivers in the class, he appears slated to start out at a slot receiver spot.
RECEIVER DEMORE’EA STRINGFELLOW
He was also one of the seven to commit last June, and despite taking later visits to USC and Nebraska, has also stood firm with his commitment and will be regarded as one of the top players in the class. Will be expected to compete immediately at a receiver spot looking for some consistent complements to Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Here is some video of Stringfellow from the UnderArmour practices earlier this month.
RECEIVER DARRELL DANIELS
The 6-3, 210-pounder is rated the No. 20 WR in the country by Scout.com and No. 34 by Rivals.com. From Freedom High in Oakley, Calif., he committed to UW in mid-June as one of the earliest members of the class and also has not wavered (here is a blog post from when he committed with video and scouting report).
He was a standout at the Semper Fi All-Star game, and ESPN.com’s updated Scouting Report says of Daniels that he “has big-play ability at the BCS level.” Like Stringfellow, he figures to work out on the outside and will also be expected to come in and compete for immediate playing time.
TIGHT END DAVID AJAMU
The 6-4, 238-pound Ajamu will apparently be the only tight end in this class, committing to UW in November after having earlier committed to Oregon State (details and video here in our initial blog post on Ajamu in November).
With Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson all back in 2013, as well as Josh Perkins, who made the switch from WT to a hybrid TE-H-back spot, the Huskies are pretty loaded at tight end next season, so Ajamu won’t necessarily have to be forced into action.
But with Seferian-Jenkins undoubtedly having the opportunity to turn pro after 2013 if he desires, there could be lots of opportunity for Ajamu in 2014.