Commitment Review: Victor Burnett

With their 23rd commitment this past Sunday, the Huskies have put together a solid class that has both balance and talent at almost every position on the field. Here's a look at how Culver City (Ca.) LB Victor Burnett fits into this class as well as the depth at the linebacker position.

Burnett is a tackling-machine and a player that schools from across the country were after heavily. Washington hosted him the first week of the season when they played LSU and after he visited Oklahoma and Arizona for comparison, he couldn't resist what was being offered at Montlake.

What Burnett saw was playing time as well as a young staff with a position coach that has pro football coaching experience.

So where does Burnett fit into the Husky system?

Many think he's the logical fit at middle linebacker and he could certainly fit into that position well with his outstanding instincts and high football I.Q. However, with his size, he might be a better fit at a SAM position (strongside) where he can use his speed and athleticism to roam and make plays.

As a junior, Burnett racked up an amazing 182 tackles and 10 sacks, so the kid can rush the quarterback and he has the range to make plays on the other side of the field should the need arise.

When Auburn's Chris Young committed back in the spring, it became obvious that he was destined for the WIL (weakside) position while a player like Lakes (Lakewood) LB Darius Waters could either put his hand down on the ground and rush the quarterback as a defensive end or he could end up playing on the strongside.

Depending on where Waters ends up, might influence where Burnett ultimately makes his impact with the Huskies. But make no mistake, Burnett will play early in his career, whether that means he plays special teams or challenges a player like Cort Dennison for the middle linebacker spot after Donald Butler moves on at the end of the season.

Mason Foster is the only player assured of a starting spot with this unit, but Dennison and players like Jordan Wallace and Tim Tucker will figure to get a heavy dose of playing time as well.

Throw in the fact that both the Huskies and E.J. Savannah are appealing to the NCAA for him to received a sixth-season of eligibility and this unit could really see a boost in athleticism with the additions of Young, Waters and Burnett.

Also, don't count Washington out of it for Crenshaw's Hayes Pullard who many expect to commit to UCLA, but is still expected to visit Washington for the Apple Cup.

Pullard could play any one of the linebacker positions should he choose to sign with Washington, but he would be a great fit inside while Burnett, Waters and Young would be outside players.

Either way, getting a player of Burnett's quality is a testament to the Husky coaches who diligently recruited him against schools like Nebraska, West Virginia, Cal, Oklahoma and Arizona among others.

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