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Commitment Impact - Elijah Molden

Washington added one of the top defensive backs on the West Coast last weekend when West Linn (Or.) CB Elijah Molden committed to them while he was up in Seattle for an unofficial visit to watch them play USC. Here's a look at how we see him impacting both the 2017 class and the roster once he sets foot on campus next year...


What To Like: The first thing you notice when you watch Molden is that he is ultra-competitive. He loves to face off against the best receiver on the opponents' offense and he's very tough. If he makes a mistake, which rarely happens, he's got the ability to forget that play and move on. According to Scout.com's Greg Biggins, Molden is "a very instinctual player who does a great job diagnosing a route and then having the ability to break on the ball and make a play. He has a strong upper body and can jam receivers at the line. He also has very good feet, can change direction and shows good ball skills as well." Molden is also considered to be a very good leader.

What Needs Work: The scouting report on Molden is pretty flawless, but all players have something to work on. According to Scout.com's analysis, Molden needs to work on his backpedal and, like all young corners, he has some work to do on his technique, but make no mistake, he's already a pretty polished prospect.

Where He Fits: Washington has done a good job of recruiting corners and Molden is the latest gem to say he wants to be a Dawg. According to Molden, the Husky coaches have told him to come in ready to play the nickel spot currently occupied by Budda Baker and then he will likely move outside to play corner. While Molden is very talented, he'll have a lot of competition for playing time with young corners like Jordan MillerByron MurphyKentrell LovIsaiah Gilchrist and walk-on Myles Bryant all slotted there at this point in time. We could also see him growing into becoming a safety at some point, but at this point in time, expect him to start out at corner.

How He Impacts The 2017 Class: With Molden in the fold, Washington now has three true defensive backs in the fold -- Molden, Brandon McKinney and Keith Taylor. Currently, Taylor and Molden are projected at corner while McKinney will be at safety. At this point in time, it sure seems that the Dawgs are done with defensive back, but there's still a chance someone like Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Az.) S Isaiah Pola-Mao could be brought on board as a versatile athlete that may wind up at linebacker before it's all said and done.

The Bottom Line: The commitment of Molden continues the seismic shift taking place in Pac 12 recruiting. For the better part of the past decade, Stanford and Oregon had their choices of players on the West Coast, but that's no longer the case. Washington has now taken the top two players in the Beaver State -- Molden and DT Marlon Tuipulotu -- and they stole Molden out of the Cardinal's grip as many considered him a lock to sign with David Shaw's crew. The Huskies are now the top Dawg in the Pac 12 North as far as recruiting is concerned and defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake continues to be the name that strikes fear in other staffs when he's on the recruiting trail.

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