Impact Report: Taylor Rapp Commit

Washington got some great news heading into last weekend when Sehome (Bellingham, Wa.) two-way star Taylor Rapp, who had offers from several top programs, chose to stay home and play for the Huskies on Friday. How does his commitment impact UW's 2016 class and roster once he arrives? Read on to see how he fits into things...

Scouting Report

Rapp is a legit 6'0 and 200 pounds. He's got outstanding recognition skills and he shows good speed when pursuing to the ball. When you watch Rapp play, you notice him around the ball seemingly on every play. He just instinctively takes good angles and he runs really well, able to pursue even the fastest players all over the field. While he doesn't have elite speed, he's plenty fast enough to play safety at the next level and he has the requisite change-of-direction abilities to be a real factor once he works his way onto the field.


As a junior this past fall, Rapp was named All-County and All-Northwest Conference at safety where he posted 112 tackles and three interceptionse. He also racked up nearly 1,200 yards of total offense (as a runner and receiver) to go along with nine touchdowns on that side of the ball.

Impact On 2016 Class

The Huskies only brought in only two prep corners and a JUCO safety in the 2015 class, so there is plenty of room for Rapp to come in and make a place for himself at safety and that's where the Husky coaches are projecting him at this point in time. Rapp is the first safety prospect in the 2016 class and there will likely be at least one more and possibly two.

Most of Washington's safeties are long and angular or on the smaller side, so the Huskies are definitely in the market for an in-the-box type who can be a physical presence in run support.

Rapp fits that mold perfectly.

In addition to Rapp, the Huskies have offered just one other safety prospect -- Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) S Keyon Riley who looks like he could be a great fit at free safety with his outstanding ball-skills and long frame.

If the Huskies were able to add Rapp and Riley, they could very likely be done at the safety spot although obviously more players will start to pop up on the radar once the season gets underway and if the right one comes along, the Huskies won't hesitate to go after a third as well.

Instant Impact?

With the presence of Ezekiel Turner, who enrolled early and will only be a sophomore this fall, the Huskies, at least on paper, look like they will have the luxury of being able to redshirt Rapp, allowing him the time to adjust to the speed of the game and get his body ready to be a significant four-year contributor.

After a year in the weight room, which will allow him to add another 10 to 15 pounds of muscle, Rapp could wind up being a monster on special teams as a redshirt freshman and then work his way into the regular safety rotation as a third-year player with the chance to be a three-year starter by the time he's finished. Top Stories