Comparison: Roy Lewis (UW)
Prep Career/Awards: Earned first-team 6A all-state at cornerback and second-team at running back as a senior ... also first-team All-Three Rivers League at both positions and first-team USA Today All-Oregon at defensive back ... helped lead the Lions to a 14-0 record, including five wins in the 6A state playoffs in 2016 ... won the 6A state title with a 62-7 win over Central Catholic in the championship game ... rushed for 702 yards on just 59 carries (11.3-yard average) and 10 touchdowns in 2016 ... also caught 19 passes for 249 yards and six TDs and notched three interceptions ... as a junior in 2015, helped lead West Linn to a 12-2 mark and a berth in the 6A state title game, where the Lions fell in a seven-point loss ... earned first-team All-Three Rivers League on both sides of the ball as a junior ... rushed for 1,071 yards and 17 TDs on 106 carries and had 476 receiving yards and six TDs on 28 receptions in 2015 ... in 2014, the Lions went 8-3 and advanced to the state's 6A quarterfinals ... rushed for 784 yards on 110 carries, with nine rushing TDs as a sophomore ... also had 38 receptions for 542 yards and seven TDs in 2014 ... PrepStar All-America ... one of seven players named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... also named to the News-Tribune's Western 100 ... ESPN.com listed him at No. 213 overall and as the No. 19 cornerback in the country, and as the No. 2 prospect in Oregon ... ranked the No. 151 overall recruit and No. 17 cornerback in the country by scout.com ... 247sports.com listed him at No. 2 in Oregon, No. 25 in the nation at cornerback and No. 193 overall ... rivals.com's No. 27 cornerback ... second-oldest of eight children of Alex Molden, a member of the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and an eight-year NFL cornerback ... older brother Isaiah plays defensive line at Western Oregon ... played for coach Chris Miller.
Offers: Molden had offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, USC, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State among others.
Why Washington: "It really was everything with Washington -- it's pretty close to home, it's a beautiful campus, it really is rated pretty high academically, the staff, especially coach (Jimmy) Lake and coach (Chris) Petersen and most of all, I just wanted to play ball with those guys up there and the guys in my class and I see where the program is headed and I'm really excited about that."
If he had chosen a different school: "I liked both Stanford and Oregon a lot, but when I took my official visit to Washington, I just knew it was the right place for me".
Analysis: "Molden shows a great natural feel for playing corner and is one of the most talented players out West. He's 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. He has a tremendous work ethic off the field and is the kind of player you want leading your secondary. He's a leader, always competes at a high level and should be a very good player at the next level." -- Greg Biggins
Position Projection: Molden will play corner for the Huskies where his natural instincts, ball skills and competitive nature will give him the chance to be an All-Conference player before he leaves.
2017 Season Projection: Even with the loss of starters Sidney Jones and Kevin King and the transfer of Darren Gardenhire, who also had starting experience, the Huskies are still pretty loaded at corner. That being said, Molden is so polished as a player that we could envision him finding playing time pretty quickly once he arrives.