On countrywide signing working day, Washington extra four-star linebacker Daniel Heimuli to an already stacked 2019 defensive course.
Washington missing two setting up linebackers this offseason, in Ben Burr-Kirven and Tevis Bartlett.
The Huskies experienced to reload.
Enter Daniel Heimuli.
A four-star recruit and 247Sports’ No. 9 within linebacker in the 2019 course, Heimuli officially inked with Washington through a countrywide signing working day ceremony on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker chose the Huskies above Oregon, Alabama, Utah and additional.
Realistically, nevertheless, it was often heading to be Washington. Heimuli found a property in Seattle.
The Huskies will be pleased he did.
“He’s received the versatility,” 247Athletics countrywide editor Brandon Huffman informed The Times previous month. “He can be a real within backer. He can blitz. He can get to the quarterback, get previous his blockers. But if you want to drop him outside you can, simply because he can drop him into coverage. He’s seriously athletic. He moves very well in room. He’s sideline to sideline. He’s a managing again as well for his staff, so he’s a two-way player, a large amount like (UW early enrollee linebacker) Josh Calvert. He’s just an all-all around soccer player.”
That was obvious in previous month’s Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu, when Heimuli concluded with six tackles, 3.5 tackles for decline and a sack en route to earning defensive MVP honors.
“It was nuts, simply because 1 of the employees at the Polynesian Bowl walked up to me and stated, ‘Daniel, can you appear with me after the video game?’ I was surprised,” Heimuli informed The Times. “The coaches informed me that I experienced gained (MVP), and it was nuts. It was nuts.
“I could not believe that it. But I’m happy I could do that for my city, for my large faculty, for all my liked ones.”
Heimuli will come across a piece of all 3 on the property sideline in Seattle. His teammate at Menlo-Atherton (Calif.) High College, defensive deal with Noa Ngalu, signed with Washington in December.
They gained a point out title previous season, and there might be additional to appear.
“Daniel is a brother to me,” Ngalu informed The Times on Tuesday. “We’re basically relatives. At faculty, out of faculty, we’re often together.”
Barring any unforeseen developments, they’ll continue to be together for at least a number of additional soccer seasons. That is superior information for Chris Petersen and Co., who extra Heimuli and four-star security Asa Turner on Wednesday to an already stacked UW defensive course.
Nonetheless, their most latest signee delivers his have exclusive ability established.
“He carried his staff to a point out championship, not using any plays off,” Huffman stated of Heimuli. “They don’t have a large amount of depth on that staff so he was playing basically every snap. He’s tricky. He’s received seriously superior toughness, but I believe his athleticism seriously is outstanding.
“Because you search at him and he’s not seriously as thick. He’s received a body to set on additional weight, but he moves so very well. You can set him in coverage from a managing again, set him in coverage from a tight close, simply because he’s received some superior size. You may well even see him on occasion line up from a receiver in the slot, simply because he’s received the athleticism to operate with these men.”
Offered Burr-Kirven and Bartlett’s departures, Heimuli might be off and managing in his freshman season.