Back in September, when Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian) was in Seattle for an official visit to Washington, the cornerback said the Huskies “ooh’d and ahh’d” him.
At the time, the 6-foot-1, 171-pound senior was a UCLA commit. He was exploring his options. He was trying to find the best fit for his future.
Now, about a month before signing day, Kelly has decided to commit to Washington, the program he watched knock off Stanford, 17-13, on Sept. 27 while wearing a purple-and-white scarf.
UW coaches covet tall corners. They want quick, athletic prospects who can match up with big receivers. Kelly fits the mold.
He is the second cornerback to commit to Washington’s 2013 class, joining Kevin King (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd), who is 6-foot-2.
With safety Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) giving a verbal commitment Dec. 14, the Huskies have now bolstered a position that was once considered one of the weaker points in this class.
After bringing in four defensive backs in 2012 and adding cornerback transfer Travell Dixon, the program has set a strong foundation in the secondary. Senior Desmond Trufant is graduating, but redshirt freshman Marcus Peters showed he has a bright future, so there is no shortage of young talent in Washington’s defensive backfield.
“The new stadium is going to be nice and, plus, I know how the fans are, so it’s like, who wouldn’t want to play in that stadium?” he said.
He will get his chance as another important piece in UW’s 2013 class.