UW's 2015 Class: The Long Game

Today likely wraps up Washington's 2015 recruiting as 22 of the Huskies 24 commits will sign their letters-of-intent. Here's a look at how each player fits into Washington's class starting with eight players that may not have a huge impact immediately, but have the potential to have great careers before they graduate...

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Sterk had been on Washington’s radar for a while, but it wasn’t until the final three weeks that they offered, he visited and then committed. Sterk can play several spots along the defensive line and while he’s projected at the “BUCK” position in Washington’s defense, most feel he will grow into a true 3-4 defensive end in a couple of years.


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Rice was a pickup during the season that seemed a bit of a rich, but there’s no denying his abilities to get to the quarterback. Rice is likely headed toward a greyshirt as he continues to recover from a torn ACL that was suffered in late October. He’ll spend a couple of years in the weight room and work on getting his speed and quickness back so he can challenge for playing time at the “BUCK” linebacker position once he arrives next January.


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Everyone takes the long-snapper’s job for granted until an errant snap that causes their team to lose field position or give up points. Carty, like Rice, is expected to greyshirt this season, but there is still a chance he will enroll this fall. He’s able to long and short-snap equally well and the Huskies jumped all over him during the spring after they saw him at camp and have held on tight since then.


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And the “Out of Nowhere” award for the 2015 class goes to…Burr-Kirven. No one even knew the Huskies had offered the multi-talented linebacker when he committed back in September. Burr-Kirven is a heat-seaking missile out there. He flies around and plays with reckless abandon. He needs to put on some size before he sees the field, but he’s a player with a lot of the intangibles the coaches are looking for in a prospect.


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Burleson signed with the Dawgs last February, but he didn’t enroll until last month, opting to add size to his long, but relatively lean frame. Burleson is a big project, but he’s got the length and athleticism you are looking for in a left tackle. If he can get his technique down, Burleson could be a good one, but we won’t see him for at least a couple of years while he hones his skills and gets stronger.


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Hilbers really showed off his skill sat Washington’s Rising Stars camp last summer. He’s got great size and he’s a perfect fit at guard where he’ll start out his Husky career. The Husky coaches want to redshirt all of their freshman offensive linemen and that is exactly what Hilbers will be doing once he arrives. Expect him to push for playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and a starting spot as early as 2017 as long as he continues to develop like we think he will.


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Neal is a skilled player with a ton of ability that wasn’t showcased much by an Etiwanda offense that featured a very limited passing attack. At nearly 6’5” and 215 pounds, Neal needs to put on some more weight before he can be counted on to push for playing time, but with his soft hands and motor, he’s a player to keep an eye on once he gets a redshirt year behind him.


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Beavers was one of the top defensive players in the Mission League, one of the top prep football leagues in the entire country. He’s fast, instinctive and athletic and if he can add some size, he looks like a great SAM linebacker at Washington.





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