When looking at Washington’s 2013 class, it is clear the Huskies have made a commitment to adding talent in the trenches.
“Sark [Steve Sarkisian] knows as well as anybody, especially through his days at [USC], 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,” said Tom Luginbill, Senior National Recruiting Analyst for ESPN.com.
With five defensive linemen currently committed, Washington has added speed and athleticism. And the Huskies are still in the mix for several potential playmakers.
Here is a look at who they have, who they want and where they stand when it comes to defensive linemen:
Defensive tackle Elijah Qualls -- 6-foot-1, 282 pounds
Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande
It has been well documented that Qualls has been working hard in his role as a recruit who recruits. Make no mistake, though, Qualls is a player. Rated the 207th prospect in the ESPN 300, Qualls is athletic enough to play running back in high school, but has the strength and toughness to develop into a dynamic defensive lineman.
Defensive end Marcus Farria -- 6-foot-4, 235
While Farria’s coach, Richard Taylor, admits the senior might look a little skinny, strength isn’t an issue. Farria has the fastest first step Taylor has seen in 40 years of coaching. When asked about the defensive end’s potential, Taylor said, “I’ve had D-line coaches in college who have said this is a kid who can make money.”
Defensive end Daeshon Hall -- 6-foot-6, 230
As a freshman and sophomore at Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, Hall was an up-and-coming basketball standout. When he moved to Texas as a junior, he proved he could play football at a high level. The footwork he honed on the basketball court is paying off on the football field. When Hall committed to Washington in June, he said he hoped to spend his senior season in Seattle.
Defensive tackle Andrew Basham -- 6-foot-4, 305
As fast as he is physical, Basham has the physical tools Washington wants on its defensive line. There is no doubting Basham’s talent, and this summer the senior made sure his effort in the classroom matched his work in the weight room.
Defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant -- 6-foot-5, 261
After a year in Washington strength coach Ivan Lewis’ weight room, Bryant’s high school coach Sid Otton said he is confident the senior will develop into a dynamic defensive lineman. Athletic enough to play tight end on offense, Bryant is a versatile addition to the Huskies’ 2013 class.