Washington Huskies 2013 Recruiting Roundup: Linebacker


Players signed: Keishawn Bierria (Narbonne HS/Harbor City, Calif.), Sean Constantine (Bellevue HS/Bellevue, Wash.) and Azeem Victor (Pomona HS/Pomona, Calif.)

Bierria’s ratings: Rivals – 3 stars, Scout – 3 stars, ESPN – 3 stars

Constantine’s ratings: Rivals – 4 stars, Scout – 3 stars, ESPN – 4 stars

Victor’s ratings: Rivals – 3 stars, Scout – 3 stars, ESPN – 3 stars

The Huskies are set at linebacker for the upcoming season with Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney to name a few, but this class of linebackers could provide be the core of the future linebackers for UW. With Jamaal Kearse, Princeton Fuimauno and Thomas Tutogi also in the mix, it could be very hard for any of these recruits to see the field at all this year. That isn’t speaking negatively of this class, but positively about the current group.

It could be a while before we see anyone from this class in the starting lineup, as everyone but Fuimauno and Tutogi are underclassmen.

It’s somewhat difficult to differentiate between Constantine and the others because Constantine is an inside linebacker, but all three project to one day be starters, or at least consistent contributors.

All three have different skills and faults. Constantine has the leadership and intangibles you look for from a middle linebacker, but lacks BCS-level athleticism. Bierria needs to bulk up, but has the skills needed to compete this year, while Victor is more raw.

If any of them were to redshirt this season, it would most likely be Bierria. A redshirt year will help the Huskies decide if they want him inside or outside and allow him to reach his potential without wasting a year backing up players that are more ready.

While it lacks a standout recruit, the trio of linebackers Steve Sarkisian brought from the Class of 2013 looks promising. It will be interesting to see who Thompson, Timu and Feeney pass the torch to when they graduate. Signs point to it being this class.