Commit Impact: Kentrell Love

Here's our take on how the commitment of Corona (Ca.) Centennial CB Kentrell Love impacts Washington's 2016 recruiting class as well as where he fits into their roster once he arrives at Montlake next summer...





Scouting Report: At 6'2" and 175 pounds, Love fits that mold of the long and lanky corner prospects that teams are going to, hoping to combat against the bigger receivers that are so en vogue in offenses across the college spectrum right now. Love's game film is impressive in that you don't see a lot of high school corners with his physicality and aggressiveness. Love has very good top-end speed, but he's not as quick in and out of his breaks as you'd like to see, but that is something that can easily be improved with technique and footwork drills. Centennial typically faces off with elite football programs during the season and that means that Love and his teammates are facing Power 5 talent on a daily basis in practice and every time they step on the field for a game.
How He Fits: Since Chris Petersen arrived, the Huskies have definitely put a premium on finding very talented corners to come in and play in the secondary.

Sidney Jones, Darren Gardenhire, Najiel Hale and Brandon Lewis were all brought in with the 2014 class and the Huskies then added Jordan Miller and Austin Joyner to the mix back in February.

With the youth and different body types at the position, the Huskies have plenty of options to look at when they fill out their depth chart.

Assuming he remains healthy and continues to develop like everyone thinks, Jones is destined to be a four-year starter at one corner spot.

That leaves Gardenhire, Hale, Miller, Lewis and Joyner to battle it out for the other spot.

Adding Love to the mix, the Huskies may very well have the luxury of redshirting him, allowing him to gain size and strength while working on his technique and getting used to the speed of the game.

At this point, you could project Love as being able to battle for Jones' spot once he leaves with the ability to be a real stalwart on special teams and in the depth of the secondary as an underclassman.


Impact On The 2016 Class: The Huskies are in the market for two more corners in the class.

In addition to Love, the Huskies are in strong contention for the likes of David Long, Myles Bryant, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Gilchrist, all top corner/athlete prospects who have the Huskies in their top two or three schools.

Long could be a playmaker on either side of the ball, but the Huskies currently are projecting him at corner.

Bryant is Long's teammate at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and the two have talked about the possibility of playing together in college, however, an offer from UCLA yesterday makes that much tougher to project.

Murphy is very high on Washington, but many think he's a lean to Texas A&M. Murphy plays much bigger than his 5'11, 170-pound would suggest and he's one of the top corners in the West.

Gilchrist, one of the top in-state players and a prospect from one of the best programs in the state (Bellevue), is a big-time cover corner with big-play abilities. He'd be an outstanding addition to the Huskies' commit list and that could happen sooner than some expect, regardless of some reports that he is insistent on taking some of his official visits.


The Bottom Line: Love is a great addition to the class. He's long, he's got great ball skills, he physical, he's fearless and his coverage skills have been honed against some elite receiver prospects in the unbelievably talented league in which Centennial plays. With his addition to the roster, the Huskies continue their record of hauling in talented defensive back prospects to throw out there against the elite receiving talent in the Huskies' Pac 12 opponents.


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