Commitment Impact: Erich Wilson

Washington continues their search for athletes with speed and on Monday, the Huskies added Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Ca.) ATH Erich Wilson who was previously committed to Colorado. The word is the talented prospect is being brought in as a running back, so takes a look at how he will impact the rest of the 2012 recruiting class and how he fits into the depth at the position...

When you first take a look at Wilson on film, his running style is very unique.

Wilson has a very upright running style which could be a problem at the next level, however, that is something that can be coached and one thing Husky running backs coach Joel Thomas likes to see his backs do is "run behind the pads" and he has a number of drills that will help his newest prospect to refine his style.

One dimension that is also on display is Wilson's speed.

Because he's a bit on the tall side for a running back, Wilson appears to be a long-strider so it doesn't always look like he's running very fast, but he seems to run away from most defenders on his runs.

At 6'1", 190 pounds, Wilson could easily add about 20 more pounds and be a monster in the backfield for the Dawgs.

With the likely departure of Chris Polk following the season as well as the uncertainty of whether Deontae Cooper will be able to fully-recover from his second torn ACL, the Huskies need some talent and bodies to vie for playing time in the backfield.

Wilson joins current commit Tairen Owens as the two running backs committed in this class, but the coaches are still looking at bringing in at least one and possibly two more prospects in the 2012 recruiting class and are heavily in the mix for local stud Keivarae Russell as well as California backs Byron Marshall, Chris Brown and Ryan McDaniel.

If Wilson stays at running back, he will join Cooper, Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey as well as Dezden Petty who is slotted at fullback, but who could also see some carries as a "big back".

Owens is more in the mold of a "scat back" while Wilson fits more like Cooper in a glider who can find the hole and get downhill quickly.

It will be interesting to see where Wilson ultimately ends up -- he could easily fit into the secondary where the Huskies really need a few more bodies -- as well as how much size he's able to put on once he arrives.

He appears to be a young man destined for a redshirt season while he gets ready for the rigors of the college game and then be ready to go in his second year in the system.

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