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This is where the Huskies recruiting class starts to shine.
The best receiver in the class is Darrell Daniels, who is the No. 5 receiver in the country and a 4-star recruit, according to Scout.
Now is the time for just about everyone in Montlake to get excited about the prospect of what Daniels could become. It may not be out of the question to compare him to the likes of Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald at this point, but he looks a lot like former Husky great Reggie Williams.
Daniels has a great mix of speed, strength and size. After the catch, he is a weapon in the open field, as he has the moves to make defenders miss as well as the strength to power through them.
He is strong when the ball is in the air and if defenders do not account for his speed, they will be left in the dust.
Daniels boasts a long wing span, which makes him a valuable red zone target and he will be a mainstay around the end zone if the quarterback can get him the ball.
He played linebacker and running back as well during high school, which is a testament to his versatility.
Sarkisian should be salivating at the prospect of installing a player like Daniels into the offense, as he should be a centerpiece of the Dawgs offense for years to come.
The Huskies second best prospect is Daniels’ fellow receiver Demorea Stringfellow. He is also a 4-star recruit, but is ranked as the No. 11 receiver in the country, according to Scout. Stringfellow and Daniels seem to be cut from a similar cloth, but Daniels is the more polished receiver at this point in their careers.
Stringfellow will become more comfortable with the game and his upside is through the roof however. He is a big, strong receiver who seems to be made of mostly legs on his 6’3” frame.
He is not one to shy away from contact, yet should not hesitate to use his speed to get away from defenders.
He is excellent when the ball is in the air and simply grabs the ball out of the air rather than waiting for it to come to him. Stringfellow will be featured on the outside, but is not a complete deep threat, yet.
He must become a better route-runner, especially on vertical routes, if he wants to find success at the college level.
At this point, Coach Sark is inheriting a raw physical specimen that can turn into whatever he wants to.
If he puts in the time and effort, he could become one of the most talented receivers of the entire class. However, if he banks on his physical gifts he will get eaten alive by college defensive backs.
Look for Stringfellow to be flanked on the opposite side of Daniels in the future, as they should provide two big, bulky receivers for Husky quarterbacks to throw to.
The final wide receiver of the class is Sammie Long. He is a 3-star recruit, according to Scout and although he may not be as massive as Daniels or Stringfellow, he is just as tall.
Long stands at 6’4” but he is still a work in progress. For his size, Long is not great down field and really excels in the short to intermediate passing game.
He could be a fixture as an inside receiver, but with his size, he should be able to go down field. At this point, he must improve on his speed, as his wheels leave something to be desired.
He lacks a change-of-direction speed and is likely to get caught by defensive backs.
With a huge stride, Long should be able to make up plenty of ground, but looks for more slants and crossing routes than anything else.
Anticipate Long to be counted on for short routes over the middle from the slot until he can improve on his downfield ability.
Long will be a nice compliment to the two other receivers in this class, but he is simply not close to athlete the other two are.