Commitment Review: Colin Tanigawa

With the news on Thursday that Loyola (Los Angeles) OL Colin Tanigawa had committed to the Huskies, decided to take a look at how he fits into the grand scheme of things and where Washington stands with several other offensive line prospects they are still pursuing...

Tanigawa is a versatile player who can play any of three positions. He plays both right tackle and guard for Loyola, but projects inside at the collegiate level.

Washington already had commitments from Bothell (Wa.) OL Colin Porter, who will also play guard, as well as Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Ca.) OT Erik Kohler and O'Dea (Seattle) OL Ben Riva.

Riva and Kohler are targeted for tackle, although Riva has the chance to move inside and be an athletic guard who they can use on pulls and traps. Both need a redshirt season, but of the two Kohler is the most ready to see time and has a very good chance of ending up in the two-deeps next season.

Porter is a huge specimen who carries his 305 pounds very well. He's got plenty of room to grow and add muscle and should be a solid 315 to 320 pound road-grader inside for the Dawgs after a few years of seasoning and work in the weight room.

Which leads us to Tanigawa who will likely get his first look at center next fall.

Tanigawa has quick feet and he's smart, which will enable him to read defensive fronts and make the necessary calls to adjust the line protections.

The ideal situation is for Tanigawa to be a fit at center and work behind both Ryan Tolar and Mykenna Ikehara for two years while he gains strength and bulk and then get worked into the lineup at different times throughout the season.

Tanigawa's commitment also allows Washington to go after another true guard or tackle prospect without worrying about getting their center of the future. However, if they find an ideal center prospect Tanigawa could easily move to guard opening up another spot.

In addition to the four offensive linemen who are committed, Washington is still heavily in the mix for two Hawaiian tackle prospects -- Waialua's Micah Hatchie and Punahou's Kaiwi Crabb.

They also recently brought Mission Viejo's Michael Criste in for a visit last weekend. He could translate to a guard spot even though Scout has him listed at tackle. Criste is a player rising up recruiting boards and has really exploded onto the scene so Washington will definitely have their hands full trying to reel him in.

Also visiting last week with Criste and Tanigawa was Los Alamitos OG Niu Sale, a physical run-blocker who is had been flying under-the-radar for the past few months until schools got a look at his senior film. Now that they've seen what he can do, schools like Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon State and Washington State have all made it known they like what they've seen and have begun the recruiting process.

Also in the mix will be several JUCO offensive linemen who the Huskies will pursue so that they can plug them into the depth. Included in this group is the recently offered Ryan Clanton from City College of San Francisco who is a guard prospect while tackle prospects like Arizona Western's Jason Weaver, College of the Canyons' Louiszell Alexander and Ventura's James Nelson are also on the radar.

All in all, Tanigawa's commitment wasn't much of a surprise as he's had the Huskies at or near the top of his list since he visited in the summer. But with Nebraska and Arizona State coming on strong, the coaching staff did a good job of timing his visit and convincing him he's a perfect fit for their system.

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