UW 2015 Class: Stars Are Born

Out of the 24 players in the 2015 class, there are likely eight that have a chance to play right away or at least they can be counted on to be in the two-deeps once the season gets underway. Here's a look at how each fits into the program and what they have to do to see playing time this fall...

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UW had to battle hard to keep Potoae at home as UCLA made a hard push on the talented defensive lineman. Potoae already has the size of most 3-4 defensive ends and he could be moved inside to play some three-technique when the Huskies go to an even front. Potoae is athletic as all get out and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the course of his career at Montlake.


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Turner is already on campus and when you think of a run-stuffing safety, he fits the bill. At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Turner is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Huskies at strong safety. Look for him to get a feel for things things spring and then to really come on in fall camp after getting more comfortable with the scheme and what is expected of him at this level.


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When you watch Miller's film, you see a prospect with outstanding quickness and ball skills to along with his ability to read routes and use his long arms to make things difficult on opposing wideouts. While he might not start immediately, it's hard to project him redshirting as there are still lots of reps to be had in the secondary.


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This might come as a surprise, but many close to the program think that Adams could be the one lineman that is almost assuredly going to make the two-deeps at some point this season. Adams is long, he's athletic and he's got that "gym rat" quality you are looking for in young players where they always want to be around the game in some capacity. Adams must get stronger and he's got some technique work to put in this spring before he arrives in the summer, but with Ben Riva graduating and no real "heir apparents" at either spot, don't rule out the possibility of Adams at least getting a long look with the twos this fall.


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Chris Petersen isn't much for hyperbole, but you could tell in his Signing Day press conference that he was more than giddy with Browning's upside. The record-setting signal-caller, like Turner, is already on campus and taking part in the team's offseason work and he's going to be given every chance to show the coaches that he belongs at the helm of the Husky attack this fall. It would be a bit of a surprise if he was the opening game starter, but with his Football I.Q., quick release and accurate arm, don't rule out the possibility.


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Joyner is definitely a player who could see reps on either side or both sides of the ball this fall. He wants to play corner, but with his abilities as a ball-carrier, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get a few plays on offense during the season as well. We'll have to see how things play out for him once he arrives this summer, but Joyner is a player many wanted to get into their system, but when he chose Washington, there was no mistaking where he'd start out -- corner.


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Gaskin merely went about his business this fall. Even as Washington courted such players as Chris Warren, the sixth-ranked runner in the country, Gaskin held firm in his commitment to the Dawgs and he's ready to show the world what he can do. Gaskin is a strong inside runner, doing most of his damage in-between the tackles, but he's got deceptive speed and he rarely got caught from behind once he got into the open field. Gaskin reminds a lot of people of former Husky great Bishop Sankey and if he can have the same type of career that Sankey had, the Huskies are in great shape at tailback for the foreseeable future.


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As good as Joyner and Gaskin are, there wasn't a more electric playmaker in the state over the past couple of years. This season, all McClatcher did was rush for nearly 2,300 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading his team to a 9-3 record and a the quarterfinals of the State 4A playoffs. McClatcher will play this year, there is no doubt about that. The only debate is on where it will be - slot receiver, tailback, punt returner, kick returner. We'll figure that out when fall camp gets underway.



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