Commitment Impact: Kevin King

Washington got some very good news on Sunday night when Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Ca.) CB Kevin King made the decision to become a Husky. So, with that good news in mind, how does his decision affect the rest of the 2013 recruiting class and where does he fit on the roster? Read on to find out...

Scouting Report - It's not hard to see why King blew up this summer when coaches and scouts got a good look at him on the camp circuit.

He's long and lean, measuring in at 6'3" and weighing 170 pounds. Obviously, that second number needs to increase and that shouldn't be a problem, but you can't teach King's natural ball skills and length.

Give King a year or two in Washington's strength and conditioning program and you could be looking at a close of Brandon Browner, who has become a stud with the Seattle Seahawks.


Who he chose Washington over - The Huskies came in with an offer relatively late in the process, offering him just about three weeks ago and it looked like they were a little late to the party since he already had offers from the likes of Arizona State, California, Colorado, UNLV, Utah, Washington State and West Virginia.

Husky defensive backs coach Keith Heyward took the point in King's recruitment and the word on the inside is that he made a huge impression on the young man from the Bay Area. While King could have chosen to stay closer to home had he selected Cal, apparently the Husky depth chart and the overall direction of the program, along with the presence of Heyward, are what really sold him.


Where he fits - Some have opined that King could wind up playing some safety, but we're just not seeing it. At 6'3" and 170 pounds, you won't see his picture next to the definitely of "huge frame" in the dictionary, so it is much more likely and realistic to expect him to come in and play corner for the Huskies when he enrolls in the summer of 2013.

Desmond Trufant graduates this year and players like Adam Long and Anthony Gobern are both seniors, although they have a year of eligibility remaining.

That would leave only Greg Ducre and Tre Watson as upper-classmen at the corner position in 2013 and while both have looked great during fall camp so far, until those bullets are flying for real, we aren't really sure what to expect from them at this point.

King would come in and very likely redshirt in 2013, and then could challenge Marcus Peters, Brandon Beaver, Cleveland Wallace and Darien Washington for playing time at the position.

Beaver is the only corner that is even close to King's height and with the amount of big receivers in the conference, the Huskies were definitely in need of more size and length at the corner position.


King's effect on the 2013 class - Washington took an early commitment from Derek Babiash back in April and seemed happy with that, but when he decided to retract his commitment only a week later, the Huskies decided to go looking for another long corner and King is the player they zeroed in on.

Now, Washington appears only to be able to take 20 players in the 2013 class (the number is ambiguous due to attrition and early graduations), so King might be it for the 2013 class, but we are aware that the Huskies are still in them mix for several other corners including Priest Willis, Johnny Johnson, Dashon Hunt, L.J. Moore, Jermaine Kelly and Daquawn Brown.

Of that group, it appears the Dawgs have the most realistic shot at Brown, Hunt and Kelly.

Kelly is committed to UCLA, but it's been known for a while that he will take some visits and Washington is definitely in the mix for one of those.

Hunt and Brown both have expressed interest in visiting Washington again (both visited in the spring unofficially) although it's unclear on whether Washington will heavily pursue them now that King is in the fold.

The reality is the Huskies appear to be set at the corner position for the 2013 class, although it could be argued they would take another commitment from a prospect they like, but at this point it's a tough call to make on which one that would be.

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