Commitment Impact: Andre Baccellia

Late last week, Westlake (Westlake Village, Ca.) WR Andre Baccellia became the ninth player to add his name to Washington's commit list. How do we see his commitment impacting the Husky roster as well as the rest of the 2015 recruiting class? Read on to find out...

Hands, hands, hands: Baccellia isn't very big, but when you watch his film, he catches everything with his hands, rarely letting the ball get into his body. He's super-quick off the line of scrimmage and he's outstanding with the ball in his hands. Sure, at just 175 pounds, Baccellia doesn't break a lot of tackles, but that isn't his game. What he does best is get into space, make the catch and then, with his explosiveness, he's able to make guys miss in the open field.

His role at UW: At about 5'10" and 175 pounds, Baccellia looks like a kid who will fit in really well in the same role that John Ross and Jaydon Mickens play for the Dawgs. Baccellia should be able to redshirt his first season, able to add some muscle to his frame and also figure out the speed of the game and get comfortable at the collegiate level. Then, he can be a real 'X' factor for the Dawgs in 2016, what will be Ross' senior season (Mickens finishes his eligibility in 2015), able to be a leader out of the slot with his speed and explosiveness and a real key to the Husky offense.

Impact on 2015 and beyond: Baccellia's commitment is the second at wideout for the Huskies. The talented receiver joins Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Ca.) ATH Isaiah Renfro, who is rated as a safety, but will play receiver for the Huskies, in committing to the Dawgs who will take at least one more receiver and possibly two in the class. Who is left is an interesting mix of players including Buena Park (Ca.) WR Jaylinn Hawkins, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Ca.) WR Lavan Alston, Federal Way (Wa.) Chico McClatcher, Salesian (Los Angeles, Ca.) WR Jeremy Kelly, Evergreen (Vancouver, Wa.) WR Justice Murphy, Pinnacle (Phoenix, Az.) WR Adam Turner and Garden City's Brandon Snell, a JUCO standout, who are all very high on Washington.

Snell, Kelly, Murphy, Kelly and Turner are all on the bigger side of things while Alston and Hawkins look more like fits in the slot.

2016 class already has several players with offers at the receiver position with the top prospect on Washington's radar appearing to be St. Francis (La Canada, Ca.) WR Dylan Crawford. Locally, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) WR Devon Arbis-Jackson is probably the top wideout in the state, regardless of class. He doesn't have an offer from the Huskies, but when you put up the stats he did as a sophomore last fall -- 72 receptions for 1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns -- and you watch his speed, quickness, athleticism and ball skills, you can't help but see a future stud at the position.

The bottom line: Baccellia chose Washington over offers from Colorado, Duke, Fresno State, San Diego State and Washington State. His offer list wasn't loaded with a "whose who" of top programs, but when you look at the coaches that offered him -- David Cutcliffe (Duke) and Mike Leach (Washington State) -- those are both coaches who are very good at evaluating receiving talent and they have produced a ton of wideouts that fit well into the spread system.

You don't put up the stats he did as a junior -- 46 receptions for 954 yards and eight scores -- against the competition Westlake plays without a lot of skill and ability, so it will be interesting to see how he does as a senior this fall.

Baccellia is a great pickup for the Huskies in that he fits exactly what they are doing on offense and he was one of the coaches' top targets at the position this summer.

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