Washington football is starting to build around Sam Huard, and getting one of his teammates is a great place to start
Washington football can’t afford many more losses in-state for the class of 2021. While the class has started to grow, they need to be able to secure the top-end talent, and they did just that with Jabez Tinae. The four-star receiver from Kennedy Catholic had a phenomenal junior season, recording 1,278 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 59 catches.
When you throw on the tape, Tinae is an exciting threat out of the slot. He runs crisp routes and can make plays with the ball in his hands. He has great feet and has proven the ability to hang onto tough catches over the middle. While his speed isn’t exactly elite, he knows how to create space for himself no matter where he lines up. Having chemistry with five-star quarterback commit Sam Huard won’t hurt either whenever he gets onto the field at Washington.
Due to the abundance of talent in the receivers’ room, Tinae will probably have to redshirt during his first year on campus. His chemistry with Huard might allow him to get some snaps, and the four-star talent will be a nice security blanket for Huard over the middle of the field. Tinae has good size at 6’1 and is good enough as a route runner that he’ll probably see snaps on the outside, but the majority of his reps will probably come in the slot. His size, route-running ability, and versatility might remind some of Cooper Kupp, who also happens to have been coached by Junior Adams.
The Huskies will probably only have room for one more receiver in this class, with one spot on hold for five-star Emeka Egbuka. Adams doesn’t have to leave the state to secure top talent, and after securing three top-end prospects last year, he’s starting off on a great note in 2021 with Tinae.
With his commitment, Tinae becomes the third highest-rated member of the Huskies’ recruiting class, which moves them up to 28th in the country per 247 Sports. Congratulations to Jabez on his commitment, and we can’t wait to see him play in purple and gold!