Huskies are first to offer JUCO standout

After a standout prep career in Los Angeles, current East LA WR Anthony Denham (6-5, 218) had several schools interested in his talents. However, he wasn't able to qualify so he decided to go the JC-route and last season he put up huge numbers. Now he has his first official offer and he spoke with about that as well as which other schools are also in the mix...

"It was down to East LA or Pasadena and I felt like ELAC was the school that needed me the most," Denham told on Thursday night. "I was closer to ELAC and I didn't really have a ride to school so PCC would have been tougher to get to and they were already loaded with talented guys and I wanted to make and impact right away and felt at ELAC that would be the case."

To say Denham, a huge wideout with 4.5 speed, made an impact would be a bit of an understatement.

In eight games, Denham posted huge numbers, hauling in 49 receptions for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns and he said it wasn't all just redzone touches that did the trick.

"We were desperate to make big plays, so most of those were long balls," Denham said. "My biggest game was definitely against Santa Barbara. I had 12 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns, but I felt like I was pretty consistent most of the year.

"I have some stuff to work on -- mainly my speed and my footwork -- and I want to get a lot stronger too, so that's a lot of stuff I'm doing right now, doing speed work and working on my explosion."

As a prep, Denham had schools eying his talents, so he's been through the recruiting process before, but he said when Washington made him an offer Thursday afternoon, it made a huge impression.

"Man, it was really cool," Denham said. "Coach (Demetrice) Martin is the coach recruiting me for them and he called my coach and said they wanted to talk to me so I called them back.

"When I was talking with coach Martin he said coach (Steve) Sarkisian had something he wanted to talk to me about and when I was talking with him he offered me.

"He said he's coached guys like Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams and that I could be a lot like them and even better than them if I went there.

"When he said that I was like 'whoa', because that is really high praise."

Denham said besides his offer from Washington, USC and LSU are the other schools showing him early interest.

"I'm really impressed with the offer from Washington, but I'm not committed to them yet or anything," Denham said. "I want to keep my options open right now and visit some schools before I make a decision.

"This spring I'm probably going to go up to visit (Washington) and I'll probably visit a few other schools that are really interested in me. I can just drive to USC, so Washington will be one I fly to and go see and probably LSU if they offer and then maybe one or two other ones.

"I think I want to take all my visits or at least a few of them before I decide. I'm not really sure on that yet, but at this point that's what I'd like to do."

Denham said he's taking extra classes to be able to sign in December and hopes to be finished up with his AA then. However, he said if that doesn't happen, then he is well on his way to being ready to go by May of 2011.

Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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