Commitment Impact: Sean Parker

Washington loses Victor Aiyewa and Nate Williams to graduation following the 2010 season, so it is understandable that the Husky coaching staff loaded up on talented defensive backs who can play either safety spot. However, the biggest name didn't make his intentions known until 7:15 a.m. on Singing Day when Narbonne's Sean Parker added his name to an already impressive list of prospects...

Last year, Washington signed Nate Fellner and Will Shamburger and, early on, it appeared neither would see much playing time in 2009.

However, due to a rash of injuries at the position, Fellner saw extensive playing time in the secondary and also contributed on special teams where he had arguably the hit of the year on Washington State's Carl Winston in the Apple Cup.

Shamburger redshirted while he recovered from an injury to his knee and is expected to be ready to go in time for spring football, when fans will get their first chance to see what he brings to the table.

Those two players, who project to be part of the secondary for the next few years, are joined by seniors Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa, along with junior Alvin Logan and redshirt sophomores Justin Glenn and Greg Walker in the secondary.

The 2010 class is loaded with players who project to either or both of the safety spots with Narbonne's (Harbor City, Ca.) Sean Parker, Mililani's (Hi.) Taz Stevenson and Lakes' (Lakewood, Wa.) Jamaal Kearse enrolling this July and Jordan's (Long Beach, Ca.) John Timu expected to show up in January after recovering form ACL surgery.

The way Parker fits into the mix is still yet to be determined.

Because of his versatility, Parker could end up playing either strong or free safety, but it appears he'll get his first look at playing in the box, down low in the strong safety spot.

Parker has the ability to play well in space and he's got above-average ball-skills, allowing him to read a quarterbacks eyes and then break on the ball, making the play once he arrives at his destination. However, even though he's solid in coverage, his real contribution will be as an enforcer who will lay the lumber to any ball-carrier or wideout that comes into his area.

His quickness and outstanding Football I.Q. will also allow him to be a key contributor against the spread, able to read and react quickly to motion and the option that has given the Huskies fits over the past five years.

Williams started the season at free safety, but was inconsistent and made some mistakes in coverage. He played much better when Jason Wells got healthy enough to play and started three of the final four games closer to the line while Wells shored up the back end of the defense from the free safety spot.

With that being said, it appears there is a very good chance that Williams could again move back to allow Parker to play his natural position of strong safety to get the best safety tandem on the field.

If not, then you can expect Williams and Fellner to be the duo that takes the field in Provo on September 4th when the Huskies travel to play BYU and Parker would likely be the first safety off the bench and be a major contributor on special teams in the meantime.

The X-Factor is where Glenn ends up playing. The talented DB came to Washington as a corner, but moved to safety, partly out of necessity during the season. He played so well, it appeared he would finish the season as the starter there, but he broke his leg against Notre Dame and didn't play another down the rest of the season.

Parker's presence may allow the Huskies to move Glenn back to corner where he could help lock down the outside along with Desmond Trufant, Adam Long and Quentin Richardson as well as Vonzell McDowell. Ultimately, we won't know much until fall when all the players will be available so we can get an idea of where the coaches are looking at them.

While Stevenson and Kearse both project at free safety, Parker will be a mainstay on the field for the Huskies at strong safety and he will forever be remembered as the first player to put on a Washington hat on national television.


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