Impact Report: Lavon Washington

McClymonds (Oakland, Ca.) S Lavon Washington had been a popular young man among recruiters during the spring, but it wasn't until he blew the Husky coaches away at the Rising Stars camp that they extended an offer his way and pressed for his commitment. Here is a look at how his decision likely affects the rest of the 2014 class and his impact on the roster once he arrives next summer...

The Decision: Washington was so impressive at the Rising Stars Camp on Friday and Saturday that the Husky coaching staff gave him an offer and they pressed for him to make his decision while he was there and also got the blessing of his mom who was on the trip to Montlake with him. He had offers from Arizona State, California, Oregon State, San Jose State and San Diego State and was getting a lot of interst from other schools in the Pac 12 and in the Mountain West Conference, but chose the Dawgs for several reasons, telling Dawgman.com that he loved everything about his trip to Seattle and that Keith Heyward, Washington's secondary coach, was a big reason why, but not the only reason.

"It's beautiful, I loved the stadium and I've always loved the program and coach Heyward is a great coach and a great guy, so I knew that I wanted to be a part of what they are building there," Washington said of his decision.


The Skills: When we talked to Washington's coach, Mike Peters (Marcus Peters' dad), he said the first thing you see when you watch his tape is that he hits. For a young man that measures in at 5'11" and weighs just 180 pounds, he is very physical and he loves to come up in run support, something he stated to us as well. He's also multi-talented, able to be a real playmaker for McClymonds on offense -- 21 receptions for 653 yards and 11 touchdowns -- while also being a leader on the defensive side of the ball -- 83 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defense. When you look at him he reminds you a lot of Sean Parker the way he plays the game. In the long run, his instincts and leadership skills might be his biggest assets and that is something Washington desperately needs in the deep patrol with Parker leaving after this season.


Impact on the 2014 Class: At the start of the 2014 recruiting cycle, Washington was in the market for two safety prospects and two corners. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) CB Jonathan Lockett was the first corner to make his decision and shortly thereafter, Washington added his name to the Huskies' list.

In addition to Washington, the Huskies are right in the mix for one of the top players on the entire West Coast in Bellevue (Wa.) ATH Budda Baker who projects best as a safety at the next level. They are also getting a long look from Long Beach (Ca.) Poly S Juju Smith, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Ca.) S Glen Ihenacho, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Ca.) S Koa Farmer (currently a Cal commit) and they are even giving Santa Monica S Qujuan Floyd, a JUCO safety, a look as well.


How He Fits: Parker, Taz Stevenson and Will Shamburger will have exhausted their eligibility following the 2013 football season, so the Huskies are in desperate need for talented bodies at the safety position. They have moved Brandon Beaver over to the safety spot and he will challenge for playing time this fall, along with true freshmen Trevor Walker and Patrick Enewally.

Washington looks like he's probably a better fit at strong safety, due to his physicality, but because he plays the ball so well in the air, he might be able to hold down the free safety spot and do well. The only concern is he doesn't have elite speed and, when you are asking someone to play center field, he has to be able to cover a lot of ground.

If Baker decides to add his name to the commit list, he would likely wind up at free safety and Washington would be at strong safety, but, at least at this point, things are still up in the air with how the class with close out.


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