Commitment Impact: Scott Lawyer

Washington continues to pursue players who can fly around on defense using their quickness and instincts to add speed to a unit that has been lacking that characteristic for the past several years. Over two weeks ago they added a player that fit that bill perfectly in Oak Grove (San Jose, Ca.) LB Scott Lawyer, so here's a look at how he fits into things in the linebacker depth chart...

Lawyer looked impressive at the first day (Tuesday) of Washington's Rising Stars camp, but already had been offered by the Dawgs and accepted over two weeks ago.

He hasn't been high on a lot of recruiting radars, but has seen interest from USC, UCLA, California, Washington State and a few other schools as well.

Because Washington has lacked speed at almost every position on defense for most of the past decade, the Husky staff is working to find players with speed and instincts, so they can fly around to the football.

Lawyer fits that bill perfectly.

Those who have seen him say he's a sure-tackler and very instinctive. Last season, Lawyer posted over 90 tackles and eight sacks for a team that went 4-6 last season. He possesses 4.6 speed (he ran a 4.63 for the Huskies at their camp) and a frame (6'3" and 200 pounds) that can easily add up to 25 or 30 pounds without losing much in the way of quickness and flexibility.

Lawyer's commitment joins that of Dorsey (Los Angeles) LB Matthew Lyons as the only confirmed linebackers in the class. However, Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) DE/LB Connor Cree could also project at the 'LEO' position and Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) S Evan Zeger could also project at linebacker as well.

So where does that leave Lawyer?

Consider the fact that Washington added a player who had much the same skill-set as Lawyer back in 2009 when they signed Jordan Wallace. Now, the sophomore will be backing up senior Mason Foster at the weakside position.

Lawyer could do the exact same thing.

A lot depends on how much weight he's able to add to his frame and how he uses his hands. He's already solid at rushing the quarterback and if he can drop into space well, then they could stick him at the strongside (SAM) position where he covers the tight ends or backs out of the backfield.

Wherever he ends up, Lawyer promises to add speed, quickness and instincts to the Husky depth chart.

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