Commitment Impact: Jarett Finau

Washington picked up commitment number 14 on Friday afternoon when Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) DE/TE Jarett Finau decided to make his decision. How will he impact the rest of the 2011 recruiting class and where does he fit in once he arrives at Montlake? Read on the see what we have to say...

Based on what we saw of Finau the past couple of weeks, it's not surprising that the Washington staff offered him.

The coaches have never been shy on offering players they've seen at their camps, and Jarett is no exception.

The way he battled against top 2012 OL Isaac Seumalo in their OL/DL camp, especially on an ankle that needed to be supported by a wrap because of a recent injury, showed his toughness.

The talented senior-to-be ran well enough to prove to them he has the speed required to play in the Pac-10. But it's his explosiveness and ability to get to the point of attack before an offensive tackle can get there that allows him that little bit of leverage to rip through and get to the quarterback aggressively and consistently.

Finau was at 215 pounds the first time we saw him back in the winter, and he's already up to nearly 235 now, so there's no reason to believe he can't play at 235 in college, or grow and get even bigger naturally.

A lot of how big he gets depends on how Washington wants to use him, but to us he's always played with his hand down and has honed his football skills as an instinctual pass rusher.

Now that Washington is starting to look more and more at the hybrid 'LEO' linebacker/DE position, that's a spot Finau could play - but he just seems a natural on the line.

Watching him work as a linebacker, he just didn't look natural backpedaling, although he did show a good hip swivel and the ability to track the ball when it was in the air. However, when he put his hand on the ground and pinned his ears back, he was nearly unstoppable.

Finau could also get a look at tight end, mostly because of his ability to run and stretch the middle seam while showing soft hands in receiving drills.

The Huskies currently have commitments from Scott Lawyer and Matthew Lyons at linebacker and they've got Connor Cree, Taniela Tupou and Aubrey Coleman at defensive end, although only Cree is a given to stay at that position.

However, they do not have a tight end committed, although they are in on Austin Seferian-Jenkins who is already rated one of the top players in the country, regardless of position.

Depending on where Washington is able to load up, how they see Finau progressing physically and how fast they think he can learn the position, will determine where the talented athlete will eventually end up.

Finau has already told us he doesn't mind playing defense if that's where the coaching staff wants him and he has the size and athleticism to be successful almost anywhere, so his position will likely not be determined until he gets to campus and the coaches have a chance to get a better look at him once they put the pads on.

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