It’s hard to hold on to a commitment from an 18-year old for very long (just ask the USC Trojans). The Washington Huskies learned that lesson the hard way this National Signing Day , as they watched longtime commitment Daeshon Hall flip to the Texas A&M Aggies.
Hall grew up in Seattle and committed to the Huskies back in June. However, as the process has gone along, he’s kept the door open for programs closer to his Lancaster, Texas home to make their pitches. As Signing Day approached, the Huskies knew they were in a tight race with the Aggies and the TCU Horned Frogs. The loss is disappointing for Steve Sarkisian, but not one that was completely unexpected.
Even without Hall, however, Washington is in good shape along their defensive line. The Huskies will sign five other defensive linemen in this class, including a pair of ESPN Top 300 recruits in defensive tackle Elijah Qualls (No. 117) and defensive end Joe Mathis (No. 268). The class is rounded out with three-star recruits Marcus Farria and Andrew Basham and two-star recruit Jaimie Bryant.
The key to this defensive line class is Qualls, who has shown just as much ability off the field as he has on it. The four-star standout from Petaluma, California, is a disruptive force in the interior with good strength and top-end athleticism, and his charisma and personality have been key in recruiting future teammates to Seattle. He’s already endeared himself to Husky fans and will be the face of this class moving forward.
Having Hall in the mix would have made this defensive line class for Washington the best in the Pac 12. As it stands, it’s still up in the air, but the Dawgs should be just fine moving forward, even as Hall stays down in Texas.