When Tom Luginbill looks at the 18 verbal commitments Washington has secured for its 2013 class, the Senior National Recruiting Analyst for ESPN.com sees a group that addresses significant areas of need.
“Where I think they’ve really made inroads is with offensive playmakers, the defensive front and the offensive front,” Luginbill said. “If you look at their 18 verbal commitments, that’s where most of the players are littered throughout.
“Sark (Steve Sarkisian) knows as well as anybody, especially through his days at SC, that if you’re going to win championships or compete for championships, you’ve got to build the team from the inside out and you’ve got to be strong in your trenches.”
With five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, a pair of receivers in the ESPN 150 and a quarterback in the ESPN 300, the Huskies are putting together a class ranked No. 20 in the nation.
Of the players Washington has landed to this point, Luginbill pointed to receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), quarterback Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) and defensive lineman Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) as three players who have “a tremendous opportunity to be very good.”
When asked if Washington has landed any lesser-know prospects with the potential to develop into top-tier talents, Luginbill pointed to a pair of defensive ends in Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) and Marcus Farria (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial).
“I think those two guys are very good and lend to a position of need for the roster,” Luginbill said.
In addition to working toward landing playmakers who can contribute right away, the Huskies are also adding depth, which should allow the coaching staff the flexibility to redshirt a large portion of the class.
“There are going to be guys he’s going to play with as freshmen, each and every year, for a couple of reasons,” Luginbill said. “Either you have a significant need or they’re just flat good enough. The goal is to, obviously, redshirt as many guys as you can as a program each and every year to build that depth.
“It just lends to more veteran leadership. It lends to older guys that have been through the fire before. The more guys you have like that on the roster, the stronger you’re going to be.”
By addressing areas of need, pursuing playmakers and adding depth, Luginbill is confident the Huskies are headed in the right direction.
“When Coach Sarkisian and staff first got together, I’m sure they laid down a blueprint of where they had to be at a certain time and what was the path to get there,” Luginbill said. “In my opinion, as long as their presence remains established and a positive one in the state of California, then you’re going to continue to see the program elevate.”