2017 Sumner (Wa.) ATH Connor Wedington could fit into Washington's depth at several positions once he arrives

Washington picked up one of the most versatile players in the region when 2017 Sumner (Wa.) ATH Connor Wedington made the decision to become a Husky shortly after he was offered by head coach Chris Petersen...

What To Like: If there was a portrait of an "OKG", Wedington would be in it. He's a 4.0 student, he eats, breathes and sleeps football. He loves to compete and he's versatile and athletic enough to play multiple positions once he gets to college. Wedington shows good vision and the ability to hit the hole quickly and then shows the toughness to break tackles when defenders do actually get their hands on him. Wedington has very soft hands and great ball skills, so he could see some time at wide receiver or he could be asked to be a safety at the next level with his aggressive nature and natural leadership skills. Wedington will eventually have a very positive effect on the locker room 

What Needs Work: Wedington has good speed, but he doesn't have elite, top-end speed. He does play fast though and his "football speed" is very good as he's rarely caught from behind. Wedington is also very good at changing direction, but you'd like to see him get better coming out of his breaks, exploding instead of slowing down. 

Where He Fits: This is a tough call. We've felt for a while that Wedington's best position would likely be at safety, but it sounds like he will initially get his first look at tailback once he arrives at Washington. Make no mistake, Wedington can definitely be a solid runner at the next level, but with the likes of Myles GaskinSean McGrewJomon DotsonKamari Pleasant and Lavon Coleman already at that position and with eligibility remaining, Wedington may have the opportunity to redshirt and then start seeing reps as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Gaskin could opt to leave for the NFL following the 2017 season and Coleman will be a senior, so the depth chart definitely opens up more following the 2017 season and that could open the door for Wedington who would just have Dotson, McGrew and Pleasant ahead of him as far as experience is concerned.

How He Impacts The 2017 Class: Wedington is one of just five in-state players with offers. The others are OL Foster Sarell, OL Henry Bainivalu, ATH Hunter Bryant and ATH Salvon Ahmed. He is also one of only two running back prospects with an offer, with the other being Ahmed. While Washington was only looking to take one tailback in what will be another small class, they have told both Ahmed and Wedington they can play that spot once they arrive although both could be moved around in order to get them the ball in different ways. 

The Bottom Line: The great thing about Wedington is his infectious personality and leadership skills. Sure, he's a very talented player who can be a difference-maker once he gets to Montlake, but it will be what he brings to the team off the field, that could really have a huge impact. Wedington's decision also shows that Washington continues to lock up the best players in the state and that it will be tough for schools like USC, UCLA and Arizona, not to mention Oregon and Stanford, both of whom have had a ton of success raiding the state in recent years, to come in and pluck the best players from the area. On the field, Wedington is versatile. He gives the coaches a lot of options and he'll also be a great in-state recruiter for the Dawgs over the next 11 months.


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