Washington Huskies Get Commitment from 14-Year-Old QB, but Is It Smart?

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIJuly 26, 2012

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies instructs from the sidelines during game against the California Bears on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Bears 42-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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LSU made headlines Wednesday, when they offered a scholarship for the recruiting class of 2017 to 14 year old Dylan Moses based on his impressive time in the 40 yard dash.  But the Tigers weren't the only ones adding middle school talent on Wednesday. 

The Washington Huskies received a commitment from fellow 14 year old Tate Martell, who received an offer from the Huskies nearly a month ago.

This isn't just a random 14 year old.  Martell gained notice from a number of programs when he excelled in a league run by the renowned QB talent developer Steve Clarkson, who worked with top prospects such as USC QB Matt Barkley and current Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian.

There's no doubt that Martell has shown some promise.  However, is his ultra-early commitment a wise decision, for both him and UW?

Sure, there are some benefits for each of the parties involved.  Martell doesn't have to worry about dealing with the full craziness of the hectic recruiting process.  UW gets an early leg up on recruiting a promising prospect.

However, it would seem that the negatives far outweigh the positives, for both the Huskies and for Martell.

As far as Martell is concerned, he has absolutely no indication that UW football in 2017 will resemble the UW football of today.  He has no assurance that Steve Sarkisian will still be the head coach.  He doesn't know if the Huskies will even have a need at the QB position in 2017, or if they will be stacked and thus he won't have much of a chance to play.  He doesn't know if they will be running the same offense, or if they will be employing a vastly different offensive scheme that doesn't fit him at all.

On the Huskies' end of things, they don't know how Martell will develop.  Sure, he's good now.  But he could just be an early developer.  Will he still be good when he's facing players who have also developed?

Also, what happens if Martell decommits eventually?  In that case, UW winds up looking pretty bad.  Their decision to go out on a limb and offer a kid as a middle school student could blow up in their face and leave them with a lot of negative publicity, as well as questions about the coaching staff's judgment. 

The Washington Huskies may have gotten themselves an early recruit on Wednesday, but only time will tell if it was a smart decision for both the program and the recruit.