Coveted 4-star quarterback prospect K.J. Carta-Samuels has committed to Washington, he announced on Twitter:
The San Jose, Calif., product is rated as the 11th-best pro-style quarterback prospect among the Class of 2014 and had received offers from Arizona and Vanderbilt, where his older brother Austyn spent the past two seasons, according to 247Sports.com. A 6'2", 210-pound pocket passer, Carta-Samuels is a solid athlete with tremendous arm potential.
This is a huge get for Chris Petersen, as he has potentially netted a quarterback who becomes the sort of standout who can make Washington a Pac-12 contender early on his regime. With Oregon and Stanford stockpiling recruits, the Huskies need an immediate and significant talent boost to contend in the Pac-12 North.
Carta-Samuels had been prepared to attend Vanderbilt for over a year, but head coach James Franklin's decision to take the Penn State job on Jan. 11 led the promising signal-caller to reopen his recruitment. He spoke about the process following his change of heart in mid-January, per The San Jose Mercury News' Darren Sabedra:
I just need to find somewhere that I am comfortable with, and I found that at Vandy. But without the coaches there, I don't know if there is the same level of comfort.
So that's why I need to get out to these schools, like a Washington, to see if I feel that same way, or a Boise State, to see if I feel that way, or a Penn State.
The Bellarmine College Prep star appears to have found that same level of comfort at Washington:
The Huskies will certainly be thrilled by his commitment. Not only does Carta-Samuels have an extremely bright future in the sport, but he can make every throw accurately and will only benefit from more experience in a traditional or pass-heavy offense, per Sabedra:
In Bellarmine's double-wing offense, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Carta-Samuels did not throw as much as some of the area's other quarterbacks. But when he did pass, he regularly showed off a strong arm.
Although his height is a bit of a concern as he transitions from high school to college, we've seen shorter pocket passers thrive in college football in recent years. Georgia's Aaron Murray is a comparable player with similar size and weight numbers.
Like Murray, Carta-Samuels rarely uses his legs to run. Instead, he utilizes his athleticism to avoid pressure and escape the rush when need be.
In addition to his exceptional poise in the pocket, Carta-Samuels is quick working through his progressions and displays superb vision when throwing the ball downfield. He can change the speed of the ball and does well to put his backs and receivers in the best position to make a big play.
While Carta-Samuels has plenty of developing to do before he becomes an impact player at the next level, he's certainly a crucial addition for Washington as it looks to make strides in 2014 and beyond.
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