Commit Impact: Nick Harris

Here's how we feel the commitment of JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Ca.) OL Nick Harris will impact UW's 2016 recruiting class and where he fits into things once he arrives next summer...





Scouting Report: The first thing you notice when you watch Harris' highlight is his aggressive nature. He plays with great pad-level, he uses his angles and technique really well and he explosive as a run-blocker. While Harris uses his hands pretty well, he definitely can use some work in that area. Because Harris is only 6'2", he will move inside to play center for JSerra this fall and that is where he projects once he arrives at Washington next summer. The Trinity League is loaded with big-time players and Harris definitely held his own while playing out of position last season.

How He Fits: The Husky coaches have addressed the need along the offensive line the past couple of classes and Harris fits in nicely since many of the prospects the Huskies have signed are tackle-types.

Harris projects at center with the ability to play guard, depending on how things work out.

When he arrives in 2016, Harris will find a very favorable depth chart at center.

Michael Kneip, a walk-on who had a great spring, will be a senior in 2016 while Dane Crane, who was recruited as a center by Steve Sarkisian's staff, will be a swing player for the Dawgs, playing both guard and center and he will be a fourth-year junior.

John Turner, who will be a third-year sophomore in 2016, got some reps at center during the spring and he could wind up making the move there permanently if the Huskies decide he fits into that role better than he does at guard.

That being said, Harris could make all of those moves moot if he proves to be better than all of the other options.


Impact On The 2016 Class: With only two players exhausting their eligibility after the 2015 season -- Dexter Charles and Siosifa Tufunga -- Washington was projected to take just two offensive linemen in the 2016 class and with Harris' commitment, they are most likely done (Harris' teammate Luke Wattenberg committed to UW back in April).

That being said, if Kaiser (Honolulu, Hi.) OG Michael Eletise, who committed to Arizona on Monday, decided to open things up again, the Huskies could wind up having a spot for him, but there are no guarantees.

If there is some unexpected attrition along the offensive line, then things might open up again for the Dawgs at the position, but as of today, they appear to be finished along the offensive line.


The Bottom Line: While he didn't get the fanfare of players like Eletise or Mike Alves, two players the Huskies were definitely in the hunt for heading into the summer, make no mistake, Harris is a solid offensive line prospect. Sure, he needs some work, but the mentality he brings on every play, his high Football I.Q. and his work-ethic are traits every coach loves to work with. He won't need to see the field for a couple of years and don't be surprised if he winds up being a three-year starter before he wraps up his Husky football career.


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