February 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM
Commitment Spotlight — Linebackers
We’ll continue our review of UW’s commitments for the Class of 2013 with a look at the linebacking position.
It’s a spot where the perception could change greatly depending on the decisions of a few players UW is still in the running for — notably Bellevue’s Myles Jack , Keishawn Bierria of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., and Tyrell Robinson of San Diego.
Jack has long been officially committed to UCLA, and he re-affirmed that commitment in several public statements last week after his official visit to UW. He also did not take an unofficial visit to UW this weekend, which may have been interpreted as having sealed the deal for UCLA. Still, there has been a lot of speculation about Jack and UW, with more than a few recruiting analysts saying there is still a chance the Huskies reel him in. Enough that there will be some mystery to where Jack goes until his LOI is signed.
Bierria, meanwhile, took an official visit to UW this weekend and told Scout.com he thought about committing during his visit. He also said he got his official offer during the visit, which makes it tempting to wonder if that was based on UW knowing exactly what Jack is going to do.
Regardless, simply adding Bierria — who had long been thought heading to Oregon State instead — would be regarded as a solid last-minute addition for UW. He is a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com and also had offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State and Cal.
Bierria will reportedly make his announcement on the Fox Sports West Signing Day show Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Robinson, meanwhile, is one of the Robinson twins who visited this weekend, as well. So far, no public statements from the two other than a few Twitter reports indicating they will also make their final announcement on signing day. Robinson is rated the No. 2 outside linebacker on the West Coast by Scout.com and would also be a key late get for this class.
There’s also what is regardeded as the remote possibility of Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala., considered the top middle linebacker prospect in the country. Foster visited UW last month but is generally considered to have narrowed his choices to Auburn, Alabama and Georgia. He will make his announcement on TV tomorrow night. Probably goes without saying how the landscape at this spot would change if Foster indeed announced for UW.
UW, however, already has a trio of linebackers in the fold — middle linebacker Sean Constantine of Bellevue and outside linebackers Connor O’Brien of Santa Margarita, Calif., and Azeem Victor of Pomona, Calif.
The three committed, and any others who come aboard later, will add to what was a young linebacking corps last year. UW essentially returns every player who played in 2012 (Nate Fellner was the only senior), including all three starters in John Timu (who will be a junior in 2013), Travis Feeney (sophomore) and Shaq Thompson (sophomore), as well as the top three backups in Thomas Tutogi, Princeton Fuimaono and Cory Littleton.
The return of basically everyone from a position group that might have been the most improved in 2012, plus however many new players end up signing, will make this another spot with even higher expectations in 2013.