With a quarterback and two receivers making up the top three prospects in Washington’s 2013 class so far, the Huskies have landed a group of explosive playmakers who fit coach Steve Sarkisian’s system.
In a 19-member class loaded with talent and depth at positions of need, offensive playmakers make up a prime portion of this group.
Washington has made a commitment to bring in playmakers from California and this group shows the program is making progress.
Here is a look at who the Huskies have, who they want and where they stand when it comes to quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends:
Wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde)-- 6-foot-3, 203 pounds
Rated the No. 72 prospect in the ESPN 150, Stringfellow has great hands and isn’t afraid to make a catch in traffic. A physical receiver, Stringfellow had a strong showing during The Opening at the Nike World Headquarters.
Wide receiver Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) -- 6-foot-3, 211 pounds
Like Stringfellow, Daniels has good hands and, with solid size, can make plays on the ball in traffic. Rated the No. 144 recruit in the ESPN 150, he is a smooth athlete who also attended The Opening.
Quarterback Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) – 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Williams looked comfortable at Washington’s Rising Stars Camp in June, showing off his arm against the top talent at the event. Rated the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country, Williams is a good fit for the Huskies’ offense.
Running back Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) – 5-foot-10, 205 pounds
The Huskies have history with Lompoc running backs -- Napoleon Kaufman is the school’s all-time leading rusher. While Coleman is a different kind of runner, the power back is a talented workhorse, finishing his junior year with 2,038 yards on 295 carries.
Wide receiver Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) -- 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
While not as highly touted as Stringfellow and Daniels, Long is a lanky receiver who had a strong summer. The three-star recruit has good hands and has put in the practice time to become a proven playmaker.
In their sights
Wide receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) -- 5-foot-9, 170 pounds
Ross seemed to have a nice connection with Troy Williams when he was in Seattle this summer for the Huskies’ Rising Stars Camp. Ross likes the city and he likes the program, but he isn’t in a hurry to make a decision. With his cousin, Rahshead Johnson committed to Washington’s 2014 class, the Huskies will remain near the top of Ross’ list.
Tight end-H Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./ Mater Dei) -– 6-foot-2, 223 pounds
The Huskies have yet to add a tight end to their 2013 class and Duarte would be a good fit. The three-star recruit holds offers from more than half of the programs in the Pac-12 and Notre Dame.
Running back Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) -– 5-foot-8, 174 pounds
The four-star recruit would be a fast, shifty back to match Coleman’s power. Known for his elusiveness and vision, Muhammad also plans to compete on the track team wherever he commits.
Plenty of playmakers
Every program needs playmakers. While teams try to load up on talent in the trenches every year, landing dynamic prospects at skill positions proves to be just as pivotal.
With Stringfellow, Daniels and Williams leading this group, Washington has added top-tier talents. Combine that trio with Coleman and Long, while remaining in the mix with players like Ross and Duarte, and the Huskies have a very strong group of offensive playmakers in their 2013 class.