Commitment Impact: Derrick Brown

Last week, when Husky commit Joseph Gray decided to switch his pledge to San Jose State, Husky nation went into a frenzy. "What is going on?" and "Why can't we get a quarterback?" were the cry of the Dawgman faithful. But a mere 72 hours later, the Washington's coaches proved their worth by stealing Utah's signal-caller...

Gray, who put up outstanding numbers against some of the top competition in California, was a solid prospect who excelled in the spread system the Dons run.

His problem?

He wasn't a physical specimen, only tipping the scales at 175 pounds and measuring in at barely 6' tall.

When Gray was unable to muster the credits to graduate early, the Huskies went shopping for another quarterback and Brown came into the picture in late November as Washington decided he had the athleticism and pure-passing skills to be a great replacement for Jake Locker who is currently in Mobile doing his best to impress the NFL coaches and scouts on hand for the Senior Bowl.

As Brown started to show more interest in the Huskies, the staff decided to extend and offer in early December and things came to a head last weekend when the talented signal-caller visited and was so impressed with what he saw as well as the direction of the program, he decided to reneg on his earlier pledge and become the only quarterback committed to Washington.

With his impressive size (6'3", 220 pounds) and natural running skills, Brown is a player who can fit into the Husky offense pretty easily.

On thing that is unique about Brown is his throwing motion. He really squares his shoulders to the line of scrimmage and he's got an above-average arm that allows him to make all the throws.

One regular contributor to even noted that Brown reminds him of Steve McNair and after watching his film, the similarities are spooky.

Where McNair was probably a little faster, Brown appears to be stronger and much more able to break tackles.

Both have strong arms and Brown's Football I.Q. is supposedly off the charts per the people we've spoken with.

Now, the focus turns to how Brown's presence affects the Husky roster now and the rest of the recruiting class as well as the 2012 and 2013 classes.

First off, Brown will not be able to enroll in March, thus putting him that much further behind Nick Montana and Keith Price. Unless he comes in and just blows away the coaches, I don't see a way that he sees the field this fall as the coaches opt to redshirt him, working on his knowledge of the system and how to read defenses.

In 2012, Brown could be an absolute monster and will really push Montana and Price for the starting job as he possesses a running dimension that neither of the two have.

Jacoby Brissett is giving Washington a long look and has them in his top five. The US Army All-American will host Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian on Thursday and could make a decision before Signing Day, February 2nd, although there are stories speculating that he won't make his decision until after that date has passed.

Apparently, Brown's presence isn't deterring Brissett and the courtship of the signal-caller from Florida hasn't caused Brown concern either.

This could be fun to watch.

As for the 2012 and 2013 classes, the Huskies have two top quarterbacks in their back yard with Mercer Island's Jeff Lindquist (2012) and Skyline's Max Browne (2013) already being offered.

Neither should be affected by Brown's commitment as both would likely end up being the only quarterback in their classes.

We'll see how things play out, but the Huskies got a very good one in Brown.

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