Commitment Impact: Maataua Brown

The Husky coaching staff continues to focus their recruiting efforts on the both the offensive and defensive lines and less than a week ago, the got a commitment from Paramount (Ca.) OL/DL Maataua Brown, a big, athletic prospect who could star on either side of the ball. Where does he fit in once he arrives at Washington? Read on to find out...

Paramount head coach, Matt Howard, told he thought Brown would ultimately prove to be a better offensive lineman in college.

"All offensive linemen think they can be defensive linemen," Howard quipped when asked about Brown's best position. "He's got the athleticism to be good on either side of the ball, but with his size (6-5, 310 pounds), I think he's going to be a great (offensive) tackle or a very athletic guard.

"He's a physical freak-of-nature for us down here and the best guy I've seen come out of here in a long time."

Brown's size and athleticism would be a welcomed addition to either side of the ball, but with the influx of talent enrolling at Washington this summer along the offensive line, look for Brown to get a long look by the Huskies on defense.

Players like Erik Kohler, Micah Hatchie, Colin Porter, James Atoe and even Michael Criste will all get a look outside at tackle once they arrive in July, so a lot depends on how the Washington coaches think they will perform against Pac 10 pass-rushers.

Brown's size would be a great fit inside for the Huskies who are short at guard, although whoever doesn't work out at tackle from the group above, will likely be moved inside.

As far as defensive tackle is concerned, Brown would have the size and frame to be a huge presence inside for the Dawgs.

Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) Sione Potoae will be a three-technique defensive tackle once he shows up, but Chris Robinson, Semisi Tokolahi and incoming freshman Lawrence Lagafuaina all fit better at the nose tackle position.

Cameron Elisara graduates after this fall, so Brown could come in and be an option to rotate with Potoae, an area of concern that Washington will need to address in this class with at least one if not two or three prospects.

A lot depends on who else Washington is able to sign in the 2011 class.

Should the Huskies get four or five offensive linemen, then Brown will most certainly end up on defense, but if the situation presents itself that they have enough interior defensive linemen then offense will be his ultimate destination.

Either way, it is a great problem to have and the Huskies will benefit greatly from a player like Brown signing with them.

Now, with recruiting out of the way, he just needs to focus on the academic side of things so he can assure himself of having the chance to be the player the coaching staff envisions him becoming. Top Stories