After going until National Signing Day without making a single verbal commitment, Keishawn Bierria has signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Washington. Despite offers from several other Pac-12 programs, including Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, and Colorado, in the end it seemed to be down to Oregon State and Washington, and obviously with this announcement it is clear that the Huskies won out.
Out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, the same high school as fellow Class of 2013 commit and early-enrollee Troy Williams, Bierria is a consensus three-star recruit that will likely play outside linebacker. At 6’1” and 212 pounds, he doesn’t have overwhelming size for the position, but the 4.6 forty-yard dash time listed by Rivals hints at the athleticism with which he plays the game, and Washington has several other ‘backers of similar size, including Travis Feeney and Jamaal Kearse.
At this point, I would expect him to take a redshirt year, as Washington didn’t graduate anyone that started at linebacker, so there isn’t really room for a lot of playing time for a freshman unless he is truly a remarkable talent. Still, he is a solid prospect and could factor into things at the position a few years down the road.