Sunday, August 23, 2009

Huskies Land, John Timu & Princeton Fuimaono

It has been a good week for Washington because the Huskies picked up three commitments from Southern California. All three prospects are not exactly household names, but are very talented and solid pickups for the rebuilding program.

On Tuesday, the Huskies landed teammates John Timu and Princeton Fuimaono (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) and on Thursday, they reeled in one of the state's top pass-rushers in Brent Williams (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft.).

Timu is one of the most versatile and underrated prospects in the West. At the SoCal Nike Camp two years ago, the sophomore worked out with the receivers and outperformed just about every pass catcher at the event, including national names like Shaquelle Evans and Dillon Baxter.

As a junior, Timu played quarterback and safety for the Panthers and earned league MVP honors. When you play on a third place team in the same league as state powers Long Beach Poly and Lakewood and are awarded MVP honors, that's saying something. He'll play safety for the Huskies and Timu committed to UW over offers from Oregon, Hawaii and San Jose State.

Like Timu, Fuimaono had an impressive showing at the Nike Camp two years ago and really stood out this past April. He has grown almost two inches and put on a solid 10 pounds from his junior year. The athlete is a high-motor kid who led the team with 94 tackles and three sacks a year ago, while playing alongside UCLA-signee Taniela Maka. Fuimaono is an athletic player who can hit and cover and projects very well as a future weakside linebacker.

Williams led the Los Angeles city section with 17 sacks as a junior and is a natural pass-rusher. He was dominant at the SoCal Nike Camp last April and no opposing lineman could come close to stopping him one-on-one. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Williams will start off as an outside linebacker, but could grow in to a defensive end down the line. The Huskies were the first to offer and Williams originally planned to take his time with the recruiting process to see what other schools showed interest. However, the talented pass-rusher had a change of heart and decided to pull the trigger early. He'll likely visit the Huskies September 5 when they host LSU in what will be a huge weekend for the program.

Washington will have close to double digit players in the house that weekend on official visits and the success of the Huskies recruiting class will be impacted tremendously by the success of that first weekend.

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