Dawgman Signing Day Profile - Ali Gaye

Edmonds (Wa.) Woodway DL Ali Gaye is just starting to tap into his full-potential as a player...



Comparison: Nate Orchard (Utah)

Prep Career/Awards: Named first-team all-area by the Everett Herald and first-team All-WesCo 3A/2A South as a senior ... also made the USA Today All-Washington first team ... Warriors went 6-4 and earned a berth in the 3A state playoffs in his senior season in 2016 ... credited with 76 tackles, including eight sacks, as a senior ... named first-team All-WesCo 3A South as a junior in 2015 ... team went 6-4 in 2015 ... second-team All-WesCo 3A South on the offensive line as a sophomore in 2014 ... also played basketball at E-W ... named a "red-chip recruit" by the Seattle Times ... rated the nation's No. 34 strongside defensive end by 247sports.com ... rivals.com ranked him the No. 27 strongside end and No. 8 prospect in the state ... ESPN.com's No. 76 defensive end prospect ... played football for coach John Gradwohl.

Offers: In addition to Washington, Gaye also had full-rides from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Hawaii, Louisville, Mississippi, Oregon, USC and Washington State.

Why Washington: "I mean why not Washington? It's the hometown school. I know this place well, got the support of my family and friends out here who are going to cheer me on on Saturday nights. The coaches are amazing. Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) obviously has a reputation of building great programs and also a good coaching staff. I can't wait to see what he and his staff bring next season."

If he had chosen a different school: "It doesn't really matter now...I'm a Husky."

Analysis: "Gaye is really raw as a player but has some good tools and size which, after a couple years to develop and be coached up, could be a pretty effective player at the next level.  His size and quickness are a strength for him, but technically, he’s got some work to do and needs to play lower and with more aggression and use his strength to his advantage." - Brandon Huffman

High School Coach Says: "As far as him as a player, he's an impact guy. He made our team a lot better. He loves to compete and he works hard. As good as he is as a player, he's that good of a kid too. He's just a great kid and a great leader and he's super-competitive. He's got everything you could want in a player and as a person." -- John Gradwohl (Edmonds-Woodway HC) 

Position Projection: Gaye's natural size and strength make him a perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end in Washington's scheme. He should be able to add another 15 to 20 pounds rather easily and that could allow him to move inside, but at this point, the projection for him is that he will wind up playing as a five or seven-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

2017 Season Projection: Gaye has only played four years of football, so he's still learning the nuances of the game. Expect him to redshirt this season as he gets used to the speed of the game and adapts to the rigors of the academics at Washington.

Ali Gaye 2016 Senior Highlights

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