LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 2: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies smiles during a time out before the Huskies kicked the game winning field goal against the USC Trojans at the Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2 2010 in Los Angeles California. Washington won 32-31. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
This is why the Washington Huskies paid the big bucks to bring in Tosh Lupoi. News like this, buzz like this. Eight new Huskies to wear the purple and black, and solid talents at every position. You have Demroea Stringfellow, one of the top receiving talents on the West Coast. You have a potential workhorse power back in Lavon Coleman, another solid developing player in Elijah Qualls, and decent talents like Daeshon Hall, Poasi Moala, Andrew Basham and Caleb Tucker.
Let's keep this in perspective. The only big news is that Washington picked up eight commits. These guys still aren't guaranteed to be Huskies. We're a college football half-life away from signing day. The potential for flips should be evident. Other than maybe Stringfellow, none of these Huskies are really considered top-quality talents. (Washington has already received commitments from great talents like QB Troy Williams and WR Darrell Daniels
However, it is the type of story that brings out rare attention to West Coast recruiting that doesn't involve USC. It's the type of flash that Tosh was known for at Cal, when he helped bring the Bears two top-notch recruiting classes with an array of strong recruits and highly-publicized announcements. It could lead to other recruits taking notice of the Washington environment, and maybe let other big West Coast talents reexamine their interest in what's happening in the Pacific Northwest. They could be the first dominoes in the rebuilding of the still dormant Husky football empire.
Just don't expect this to be the last we hear of Washington recruiting this offseason.
After the jump, SB Nation Recruiting fills you in on the more prominent of the Washington recruiting commitments.
Stringfellow shows explosiveness off the line as he is able to quickly break down the cornerback's cushion. He flashes strong hands and the body control to make in-air adjustments on both contested or off target throws. He classifies as a plus level run after the catch player, showing both slippery elusiveness and power in the open field as well. Stringfellow also displays savvy when things break down and the quarterback has been flushed out of the pocket. He does a great job cutting off his route and working his way into open areas of the field to create throwing lanes for his signal caller. Stringfellow is also one of the best blockers in the nation at the wide receiver position. He doesn't just merely get in front of a defender to impede their progress. He shows the willingness and the strength to drive block defenders at the second level into the turf.
Qualls is an excellent athlete, and his athleticism is readily on display as he also plays running back for his high school team. Yes, a 285-pound running back. Qualls isn't real tall, but does play low and use his leverage well. That profiles him well as a penetrating 3-technique defensive tackle for the Huskies, or perhaps as a five-technique end in the 3-4.
Athletically, Coleman profiles as a power back. At 5'10 and 210 pounds, he is a capable of grinding out tough yards when he is called upon to do so. He does not have the shiftiness to elude defenders or the speed to outrun them. As one would expect with his build, however, he is quite difficult to tackle and also displays surprising vision.