Washington Huskies 2011 Recruiting: Early Verbal Commits, Part 5
Last time we looked at two local recruits, and one from California. This time we are only covering two, but they happen to be the biggest recruits in the state of Washington!
With the addition of these two, Washington is sitting at seventeen verbal commitments, putting their class at 14th in the nation according to Scout. Let’s take a look at the two huge verbals for the Huskies.
Kasen Williams- 6’2”, 197lb
Kasen Williams followed in the footsteps of his father’s footsteps by committing to the University of Washington. Williams is a big strong wide receiver with good size and strength from Skyline High School in Washington, where he has been the go to receiver for 2010 BYU commit Jake Heaps.
In 2009, Williams produced 1,209 yards on 74 passes with 20 touchdowns. He also added over 200 return yards. ON defense he made 18 tackles and had an interception.
The biggest knock on Williams is that he doesn’t have the ‘elite’ speed that some other prospects at the position do. That said, he is a big strong kid who will catch anything thrown his way, and is a terror in the open field as he has the ability to break tackles for more yards after contact. Scouting services list his size, strength, and ball skills as all blue chip level.
He is listed as a ESPNU top 150 watch player, and will be making an impact for the Huskies sooner rather than later!
Austin Seferian-Jenkins- 6’7”, 260lb
Austin Seferian-Jenkins verbally committed to the Huskies over the University of Texas earlier this month. This was a huge verbal for Washington, as Seferian-Jenkins is rated the number three tight end in the nation. With the dismissal of Kavario Middleton, Seferian-Jenkins verbal was even more important than before.
Austin put up 1,076 yards on 63 receptions in 2009, with 11 touchdown passes. He was an all-state player who was arguably the most recruited kid out of Washington in the 2011 class. His size and athletic ability make him an instant mismatch for the defense when he lines up at tight end. He isn’t just a big body, he is incredibly athletic as well.
Seferian-Jenkins waited some time to announce his commitment, but it didn’t take him long to win over the Husky faithful by picking the Washington hat, and alluding to the Rose Bowl during his career at UW. He says he is doing all he can to help ‘recruit’ more prospects to commit to Washington, and plans on being an early enrollee to get a jump start.
The Huskies have been putting together an impressive class for the 2011 recruiting season. While there are some more to go after, Sarkisian and his staff have done an excellent job this season. By bringing two of the top recruits in the state, he is strengthening UW’s grip on the local recruits.With Sarkisian getting the top kids in state, and going after blue chips from California like Brendon Bigelow, Washington may just see some Roses in the near future.
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