Sean Constantine, the 6’3” 225-pound inside linebacker out of Bellevue High School in Bellevue, WA, has sent in his letter of intent, officially drawing to a close one of the least dramatic recruiting journeys of Washington’s Class of 2013. After he gave his verbal commitment to the Huskies on April 28th, 2012 as one of the first members of UW’s ’13 Class, I heard so little about Constantine that I sometimes forgot he was even a member of the class.
That is not a shot at his skill level, or potential to contribute as a Husky: Constantine is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN, a three-star by Scout, with both Rivals and ESPN listing him as a top-5 prospect in the state of Washington. He is also listed as having been offered by most of the Pac-12, including Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona. I didn’t hear about him because he simply decided on Washington, and didn’t entertain the possibility of going elsewhere.
In an era of verbal commits openly considering other schools alongside wherever they are supposedly committed, it was a commendable approach, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Constantine follows a similarly under the radar path with his career as a Husky. He doesn’t look to be ready to contribute as a true freshman, but given a couple years to put on weight and learn the college game, it’s easy to picture him stepping into a starting spot and succeeding.
Of course, that is all guesswork, but no matter how Constantine’s career turns out, you can never have too many skilled, committed in-state recruits in his mold.