Commitment Impact: Andrew Basham

Early in the 2012 recruiting cycle, it was pretty obvious that Lynnwood (Wa.) DL Andrew Basham was one of the top recruits in the state and on Washington's epic day of commitments back on June 29th, he, along with six other recruits, made his commitment to Washington. How will his decision impact the Huskies 2013 recruiting class as well as it's roster? Read on to find out...

Scouting Report: Basham is a physical specimen -- at times he played middle linebacker for Lynnwood -- and he has a good motor. He also has great feet and athleticism and he possesses outstanding size at 6'4" and 295 pounds.

He runs well and he does a good job of pursuing plays that are run to the other side of the field.

Like most high school linemen, Basham isn't great at keeping his pads low, relying on his superior strength to overpower players. That works just fine against over-matched high school players, but at the next level, that is certainly an area he will need to work on.

However, he is a "knee bender" (exhibiting outstanding flexibility) and shouldn't have any trouble learning to play much lower than he currently does.

Why so few offers?: For a talented player like Basham to have so few offers, the question has to be asked "why so few offers?" The best answer to that is that he didn't get it done in the classroom early on and has some catching up to do.

The good news is that he realizes he has put himself in jeopardy and is currently taking steps to rectify things.

"I'm in summer school now, that's why I haven't been at a lot of camps," Basham acknowledged. "After Washington offered, I set up a time when I could sit down with my counselors so I could see what I needed to do and they laid it all out for me.

"I'm taking classes now and I'm studying for the tests (SAT/ACT)."

The decision: Basham made no bones about the fact that Washington was the school he most wanted an offer from early in the process, but it was Oregon State and Arizona State that came along and offered the talented two-way lineman first. Once those two offers came in, Washington needed to jump into the fray and they quickly threw their hat in the ring. When that happened, it was a fait accompli for the Basham.

"Coach (Tosh) Lupoi, after talking with him, I could see there was a good group of guys here and I didn't want to go too far from home, so I just decided to commit to Washington," Basham told "It was just the right place for me. I love the coaches and I felt like if I was going to go to Washington, why wait any longer?"

Where he fits: Basham projects well on both sides of the ball, but Washington has told him defense is where he's headed.

In a 3-4 scheme, because of his outstanding athleticism, Basham could play one of the defensive end positions and when the Huskies go to a 4-3 he could slide in and play over the nose or even as a pass-rushing defensive tackle (three-technique).

Most likely, Basham will need a redshirt season before he's ready to challenge for playing time inside. He'll be a backup behind the likes of Sione Potoae and Pio Vatuvei giving him the chance to learn better technique while adding strength under Ivan Lewis in Washington's strength and conditioning program.

Effect on the 2013 class: Along the defensive line, in addition to Basham, Washington has commitments from the likes of defensive end Daeshon Hall as well as defensive tackles Elijah Qualls and Jaimie Bryant.

Basham's commitment means that the Huskies have the flexibility to either move a player like Bryant to offense if they so choose or they could move players around on the defensive line.

Qualls looks like a great nose tackle with his low center-of-gravity and his outstanding lower-body strength.

Bryant and Hall both have long frames and will likely be 3-4 defensive ends.

While those are four nice pieces to work with, Washington is still in the mix for at least two and very likely three more defensive lineman in the class.

Carter (Rialto, Ca.) DT Kenneth Clark, who recently committed to UCLA, is one they like a lot and the Huskies could still get an official visit from him this fall.

Pinole (Ca.) Valley DT Deonte Reynolds has offers from several Pac 12 programs and the Huskies look to be in great shape with him. He is a lot like Basham in that he has the athleticism and size to play inside or outside, depending on need.

Upland (Ca.) Joe Mathis is a defensive end/defensive tackle prospect the Huskies have been high on since last fall and he committed to the Dawgs only to back out of that decision to let the process run its course. He recently told's Brandon Huffman that his top ten consists of Alabama, USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan and Miami and that "they're all even". However, the conventional wisdom is that the Huskies are Trojans appear to be the teams to beat.

Washington also impressed De La Salle (Concord, Ca.) DE Austin Hooper while he was on campus and with Lupoi's ties to that program, the Huskies have a very good chance of reeling him in as well.

As we noted, the Huskies are in the market for two and possibly three more players along the defensive line and Basham figures to be one of the more flexible prospects they will sign at the position.

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