Impact Report: Quinten Pounds

Cypress (Ca.) ATH Quinten Pounds committed to Washington last night and today, Dawgman.com gives you their take on how they see the talented athlete fitting in once he arrives next summer and how he impacts the rest of Washington's 2015 recruiting class...

Scouting Pounds: Pounds has a long, lean frame, measuring in at 6'1" and 175 pounds and he's got long arms as well as great ball skills.

So far this season, Pounds, who will play defensive back at Washington, has hauled in 28 receptions for 526 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 427 yards and five touchdowns while grabbing five interceptions on defense and five touchdowns on punt and kick returns as well.

Even though his official forty time is listed as a 4.77, when you watch his film, he plays much faster than that.

Pounds is instinctive and smart and that is why he projects better on the defensive side of the ball once he enrolls at Washington.


Impact on 2015: Pounds becomes the second defensive back committed to Washington in the class that will sign with the Dawgs in February, joining Oceanside (Ca.) CB Jordan Miller.

While many think that Pounds will wind up at corner, without a defined position right now, it allows the Huskies some flexibility as they can pursue players at both safety and corner.

Dechaun Holiday, Stanley Norman and Quenton Meeks are all players the Dawgs are after at corner while Quinn Fabrizio is a safety the Huskies are looking to bring in for a visit and current Washington State commit Kameron Powell is a player they are still after at the safety spot as well.

The expectation is the Huskies will take four or five defensive backs and one thing that Jimmy Lake likes are players that are versatile with the ability to play safety or corner, depending on the need.


Impact on 2015: When you look at Pounds' skillset, you see a player with the quickness, speed and athleticism to play corner, but he's also got the size and ball-skills to play safety.

With the amount of spread teams in the conference, having safeties that can cover is a huge plus and that's where I see Pounds fitting in eventually.

Darren Gardenhire, a freshman, is currently playing that role for the Huskies and I can see Pounds fitting in the exact same way.

As long as everyone stays healthy, I don't see the need for Pounds to play as a freshman, so the hope would be he can redshirt, put on some more size and then start seeing the field as a special teams gunner (just like Gardenhire this year) and as a situational substitute in the secondary in 2016.


The bottom line: Pounds is yet another on a growing list of athletes that are versatile enough to play several positions. He fits in perfectly with the type of athletes that Chris Petersen and his staff are trying to bring to Montlake -- athletic, hard-nosed players with the passion and drive to work hard and be successful, both on and off the field. It's not easy to find kids with Pounds' length and natural ball-skills so when you find someone with that skillset, you go all out to add them to your roster. He should be a fine addition to the Husky secondary after a redshirt season and he will likely challenge for some reps as a return man as well.


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