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February 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

A look at UW’s Class of 2013

Here is a quick look at each player UW signed today, and in most cases with a quote from UW coach Steve Sarkisian (on a few, he talked in general about the position so I didn’t get a specific quote for a couple of guys:

David Ajamu, TE

6-5, 245, Shelton

Shelton HS

Named to the Seattle Times All-State team and also played defensive line for a Shelton team that went 7-3. … Had been committed to Oregon State before changing course in the fall and deciding on UW. … Said Sarkisian: “He’s a big, physical tight end, a position for us that we are going to have to develop over the next couple of years. We love his length, he’s an extremely competitive young man. He’s physical.’’

Andrew Basham, DT

6-4, 305, Bothell

Lynnwood HS

A Seattle Times “white chip’’ pick and listed as the No. 4 prospect in the state by Scout.com. … Also had offers from Arizona State and Oregon State . … Said Sarkisian: “You watch his films, there are times he is playing middle linebacker, he is that good of an athlete. He has a nasty streak to him. It was great for us to get a local kid with these talents here. Looking forward to him joining us.”

Keishawn Bierria, LB

6-1, 210, Carson, Calif.

Narbonne HS

One of the latest additions to the class, committing on Wednesday after visiting UW last weekend. Had been seriously considering Oregon State. … Said Sarkisian: “Keishawn Bierria is a kid who we really feel like is going to be beneficial to us because of his athleticism. He played really in the same position as (current UW safety) Sean Parker at Narbonne, which is a down outside linebacker/safety spot. He’s a much bigger individual than Sean at 6-1, 2210 today so I think he will be in that role in having a huge role in our nickel packages where he can do both — play linebacker yet still have the ability to cover.’’

Lavon Coleman, RB

6-0, 210, Lompoc, Calif.

Lompoc HS

Also seriously considered Fresno State and had interest from UCLA but ultimately held firm to an early commitment to UW. … Battled injuries as a senior but rushed for 887 yards and nine TDs on 128 carries. … Sarkisian said real  weight closer to 220. … Said Sarkisian: “Exactly what we were looking for in this class to get a bigger, physical back to compliment some of the other backs we have in our program. It’s cool to address that need.”

Sean Constantine, LB

6-2, 230, Hunts Point

Bellevue HS

One of the first commits in the class, giving the word last April. A Seattle Times All-State pick after helping lead Bellevue to four straight state titles. … Listed as the No. 31 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com. Said Sarkisian: “Sean Constantine is your traditional middle linebacker, which is something we need on our roster. We didn’t really have a young,  traditional middle linebacker type player. Tough-minded, obviously a winning program in Bellevue.’’

Dane Crane, C

6-3, 308, Irvine, Calif.

Santa Margarita Catholic HS

Another who committed early, doing so last April. Ranked the No. 3 center in the country by Scout.com playing for a California high school power. … Said Sarkisian: ““We really wanted to try to find a center for our future. Dane Crane is a young man who we identified as a real potential All-Conference, All-American type center. He is a guy who’s got football in his blood. … Great leader. He was one of the leaders of this class in terms of guys that guys related to and wanted to be around and that’s what a center is supposed to be.’’

Darrell Daniels, WR

6-4, 220, Pittsburg, Calif.

Freedom HS

Generally considered among the top 20 receiving prospects in the country, catching 54 passes for 947 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. Also had 28 tackles and two interceptions on defense. … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl last month. …Said Sarkisian: “Darrell Daniels, 6-4, 220-pound kid who ran in the high 10.6’s and low 10.7’s last year in the 100 meters. I expect him to run real fast again this year. He can really go. I’m excited about what he brings.”

Patrick Enewally, DB

6-1, 190, Norwalk, Calif.

Gahr HS

One of two players in this class who had not committed prior to signing day. Also considered Cal, Boise State and UCLA before signing with UW. … Rated the No. 50 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. … Says ESPN scouting report of Enewally: “Enewally is a physical presences in the secondary showing production on the other side of the ball at receiver to get vertical downfield. Is tall with a muscular build that is capable of supporting extra bulk over time.’’

Marcus Farria, DE

6-5, 225, Peoria, Az.

Centennial HS

Also  had offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State and Arkansas before committing to UW last July. … Scouts consider him raw but with a big upside andn he was rated the No. 10 defensive end by MaxPreps.com. Said Sarkisian: “Marcus Farria is a kid from Arizona, originally from Louisiana, got caught when Katrina hit, moved to Arizona with his mother. I’m excited to watch him rush the passer. He brings some things we might not have in our program right now.’’

Jermaine Kelly, CB

6-2 185, Los Angeles

Bishop Mora Salesian HS

Originally committed to UCLA before switching gears and committing to UW last month. Reportedly was subject of big last-minute push by USC but decided to stay with Huskies. … Also a receiver and kick returner for Salesian. … Says ESPN Scouting Report of Kelly: “Kelly is an effective two way player showing production as both a receiver and defensive back. … Kelly will need some time and perhaps a red shirt year prior to competing for starting time at the BCS level of play.’’

Kevin King, CB

6-2, 170, San Leandro

Bishop O Dowd HS

Also considered Arizona State and Cal, among others, before committing to UW in August. … Named Defensive MVP at the Oakland Nike Training Camp last summer. … Says ESPN Scouting Report of King: “King is a potential sleeper on the recruiting trail who should continue to see his recruiting stock rise. He is tall, a bit lean and lanky butwe like his upside once he grows into his body.’’

Andrew Kirkland, OL

6-5, 300, Portland

Jesuit HS

Only signee from the state of Oregon, projects as a tackle for the Huskies. … Helped lead Jesuit to a 12-3 record as a senior and 9-4 as a junior. … Rated No. 7 prospect in state of Oregon by Rivals.com. … Said Sarkisian: “(He) came to camp with us this summer and went against some of the best pass rushers on the West Coast and continued to dominate in training camp and earned it. He had a lot of people chasing him down the last couple of weeks. He held them off to stay on board with us which is really exciting.”

Joe Mathis, DE

6-4, 250, Ontario, Calif.

Upland HS

Only member of class to play  in the U.S. Army All-American Game, committing to UW during that contest on national television. … Originally committed to UW during junior year of high school, then re-considered options before coming back to Huskies. … Said Sarkisian: “Relentless is the best word I can describe him as, very good pass rusher. I think in the US Army All American game, had a sack and a half against some of the best players in the country. Again, a natural born leader is something we like out of him.”

Connor O’Brien, LB

6-3, 230, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.

Santa Margarita Catholic HS

Committed to UW last April and held firm despite offers from the likes of Oregon and Arizona State. … Had 85 tackles and four interceptions as a senior and also played receiver. … Said Sarkisian: “Connor O’Brienn is a kid who was actually a safety/wide receiver coming out of Santa Margarita, but you see his size at 6-3, 230, we think his athleticism is going to really take off as an outside backer-type for us.’’

Elijah Qualls, DT

6-2, 285, Petaluma, Calif.

Casa Grande HS

Generally regarded as one of the best defensive tackle prospects on the West Coast. … Also a standout running back and had 708 yards on 106 carries with 10 touchdowns and could be used on that side of the ball in some situations at UW. … Said Sarkisian: “Very athletic young man so he is going to be an interior defensive lineman but when he gets those matchups on guard to rush the passer, a big key for us to develop that aspect of our game, he can do that.”

John Ross, WR

5-11, 180, Long Beach, Calif.

Jordan HS

Projects as an inside receiver for the Huskies. Also could be a returner and had six kick of punt returns for touchdowns as a junior. … Committed to UW during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl last month. … Said Sarkisian: “(He’s) fast, will probably run in the 10.5’s (100-meters) this year down there. Very elusive. Excellent return man.”

Coleman Shelton, OL

6-5, 285, Los Angeles

Loyola HS

A late addition to the class, committing over the weekend during a recruiting trip to UW. Named the No. 19 center prospect in the nation by Rivals.com but likely to be a tackle for the Huskies. … Proverbial under-the-rader recruit but Sarkisian said he was impressed by senior film. .. Said Sarkisian: “He’s a fantastic player. Quite honestly he was under-recruited. We saw him  and earmarked him and we were hopeful we cojld get to the endn where we could  bnring him in late and sign him and we were able to do that. He’s a young guy with plenty of room to develop.’’

Demore’ea Stringfellow, WR

6-3, 215, Perris, Calif.

Rancho Verde HS

Also took official visits to USC and Nebraska but stayed firm on a commitment to UW made last summer. … Generally considered among the top 10 receivers in the country and was selected to play in the UnderArmour All-America Game in January. … Said Sarkisian: “(He has) a real high football IQ, 6-3, 215 pound wide out who if he walked into the room, he looks like an NFL wide out today. Just a physical statured kid, comes from a very good program at Rancho Verde. That group in itself has a chance to have an immediate impact for us.”

Cameron Van Winkle, PK

5-10, 160. Fall City

Mount Si HS

Set state records for career (39) and single-season (18) field goals made as a junior in 2011. … Hit 10 more as a senior in 2012 as the Wildcats went 11-2. … Should compete immediately for field goal/PAT and kickoff duties. … Will enroll in time for spring practice. … Said Sarkisian: “I think we were really able to address our kicking needs by getting a guy who has a big, powerful leg that can be utilized not only on field goals, but kickoff scenarios. ‘’

Azeem Victor, LB

6-4, 230, Pomona, Calif.

Pomona HS

Also played some defensive end and tight end in high school but will  be a linebacker for the Huskies. … Originally committed to San Diego State before committing instead to UW. … Said Sarkisian: “Another inside linebacker type at 6-4, 230. This guy, when it’s time for him to play, should be around 245-250 be that type of a figure, an imposing figure in the middle of our defense.’’

Trevor Walker, S

5-11, 180, Arlington,Texas

Mansfield Timberview

Signed scholarship papers and enrolled at UW in January and will take part in spring practice. … Originally committed to WSU before changing course and committing to UW. … Said Sarkisian of Walker and the defensive backs: “All long, very good cover guys, physical so that was key. We’ve had our issues here in the past on defending the spread offense and so what do we need to do, how are we going to be better at defending the spread? Guys that can win one on one matchups in pass rush when teams are only blocking with 5 linemen and getting 5 guys out in the routes.’’

Troy Williams, QB

6-2, 205, Los Angeles

Narbonne High

Committed last summer and like Walker is already enrolled at UW. … Was the 2012 CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I Player of the Year, among numerous honors. … threw for 39 touchdowns against just six interceptions as a senior. Said Sarkisian: “I can’t say enough about Troy, I’ve been recruiting him for 3 years. He is an extremely gifted young man. Quick release, strong arm, runs very very well. He is not a runner. He is a passer first for sure, but can run.’’

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