Head Coach Talks About Farria

Word came down late Friday night that Marcus Farria, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz. verbally committed to Washington over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Diego State and Utah, among others. Dawgman.com spoke with Centennial Head Coach Richard Taylor for his thoughts.

On what UW is getting with Marcus Farria - "He is the most explosive, has the best first step of any player I've coached in 40 years. I've had coaches from around the country…he had probably 10 offers before anyone saw him on film just looking at him and with coaches asking me how he compared to other players we've had…they offered him before they ever saw him play in a game for us.

"His upside is outstanding. If he gets in a program where he's going to put on weight and year-around lifting and coaching, I think he's going to be someone a lot of people know about."

Is he what we have him listed at? 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds? - "He's maybe a little taller, maybe 6-5."

Were you surprised at the news of his commitment to Washington? - "I was surprised. I knew that he was interested in Washington and he had been talking a lot about it, but I didn't know he was going to do that right now."

Can you comment on anything regarding Marcus' apparent academic issues? - "Marcus knows that he needs to do work to make sure he qualifies. And I think he has all the resources at our school to make that happen. So I believe that will be taken care of."

Here's Farria at last summer's Junior Rank combine -

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