K.J. Carta-Samuels (Bellarmine College Prep - San Jose, Ca.)
The old staff hadn't planned on signing a quarterback, but when Chris Petersen took the job, he first went after the player he had committed to him when he was at Boise State, Jalen Greene out of Gardena, Ca. Greene committed on his official visit shortly before Christmas and the plan was to have him enroll early to take part in spring ball. However, that all fell through when former Husky coach Steve Sarkisian, knowing he needed a QB in this class to offset the eventual transfer of Max Wittek, got Greene to visit shortly after he made his decision and flipped him to the Trojans.
Never fear though Dawg fans. Coach Petersen had a plan. Knowing that James Franklin was taking the Penn State job, things opened up for Carta-Samuels who at that point was committed to Vanderbilt. When Franklin left, the versatile quarterback said he would still give the Commodores a look, but Washington definitely piqued his interest and with Petersen's reputation for developing quarterbacks, Carta-Samuels took a visit in January. He committed shortly after returning home to think about things and signed with Huskies on February 5th.
While things appeared to be falling apart when Greene switched, it actually appears to have been a very soft landing for Washington with Carta-Samuels having a much higher upside.
Carta-Samuels is much bigger than his older brother, Austyn, and is probably the better athlete. At 6'4" and weighing in at close to 210 pounds, he's already got a solid frame and should be able to add 20 to 25 pounds and not lose much in the way of his quickness or athleticism. He's a much better passer than his statistics would indicate. The problem was that his school utilized a run-heavy offense, so his growth was a bit stunted and his numbers were very pedestrian compared to other four-star signal-callers.
Scout.com's Brandon Huffman was effusive in his praise of Carta-Samuels in our post-Signing Day radio show and he thinks he could be a star after a couple years at Washington.
He's got a quick release and he shows good mechanics although, like most high school quarterbacks, he definitely has some tweaking to do. He stands tall in the pocket, he has good balance and his footwork is pretty good.
Another aspect that Petersen likes is that he makes quick decisions and he's accurate and both of those traits will serve him well down the road.
Depth Chart/The Future
Where Carta-Samuels eventually fits is something we'll just have to wait and see. However, with Troy Williams entering school early and taking part in spring drills last year, he's already going to have two spring camps under his belt plus an entire year in the system as well.
Entering fall camp in August, you have to believe that Carta-Samuels will definitely be fourth on the depth chart behind Cyler Miles (assuming he isn't kicked off the team due to an off-field incident), Jeff Lindquist and Williams.
Expect Carta-Samuels to redshirt this fall, barring a horrific spate of injuries, and to press for playing time after another year or two. However, with his ability to run, he could push for playing time sooner than expected if Petersen envisions a change to his offensive philosophy.
2014 Class Positional Impact: Quarterbacks
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