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January 15, 2013
Too early preview: Part II
The Huskies have one of the nation's top recruiting classes, and while you don't normally count on freshman there are some players that could make an immediate impact next year.
Quarterback Troy Williams and defensive back Trevor Walker are already taking classes at UW, and preparing for spring ball.
That early start is likely to give the talented dual-threat valuable experience and he could conceivably compete for the back-up job if he grasps the offense.
Even though Williams will have to work his way to the starting position, it is very intriguing to think that coach Sarkisian has landed three three quarterbacks with four-star rankings in the last two years. Depth at the position won't be an issue.
The incoming class is stacked on the defensive side of the ball, primarily on the defensive line.
With the commitment of Joe Mathis at the Army All-American game, the line added a very important piece to the puzzle.
Mathis is a strong side defensive end and will compliment the weak side commit Marcus Farria and Deashon Hall. These are three elite defensive ends committed to one school. While it's tough to imagine any of them emerging as big-time play makers as huge freshmen, they could see the field.
Not only was Lupoi able to land a trio of stud defensive ends, he was also able to add a trio to clog the middle and stop the run.
The interior defensive line is led by Elijah Qualls out of Petaluma California. Qualls was an early commit to Texas, but Lupoi managed to make him flip schools. The only question remaining is will he stay committed to UW? UCLA is making a late run at him, and he is taking an official visit there later this month.
Qualls, especially, has the potential to make an impact as a freshman because of his raw power and explosiveness. Don't even be shocked if he gets a carry or two.
Flipping sides of the ball, the offensive recruits start with the pass-catchers.
Demorea Stringfellow and Darrell Daniels are the most coveted receivers to commit to U-Dub since Kasen Williams. It's safe to assume at least one will emerge as a contributor as a freshmen. Both are big, physical targets.
Stringfellow had offers from almost every major football college in the nation, and Daniels came on strong his senior year to improve his stock.
There are some striking similarities between Lavon Coleman and Bishop Sankey, and the former could help spell the latter if he works his way up the depth chart.
The weakest part of the class, to date, is the offensive line. Losing Sean Harlow to the Beavs was a huge blow, but landing Nico Falah would more than make up for it. Either way, don't expect the freshmen linemen to start right away.
Falah would be the most important late commit for this Huskies class. UW has no depth in the line, and Falah could secure a need.
There are plenty of targets still on the board, notably Reuben Foster, who just visited.
Again, you never want to count on freshmen, but looking ahead to next fall there are already a few big names that could make an early impact.
This class will play a huge factor in the progression of the football program. The Huskies are definitely on the right track, and this class will be a huge part of the most important year in the Sarkisian era.