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Darren Gardenhire Is A Husky - 3 Star S - Long Beach CA

Chris Petersen's first verbal as head coach at UW is in as a member of the 2014 class

Darren Gardenhire, Safety

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200

Rankings: 48 3* Scout / 42 3* Rivals / 54 3* 247

Offer sheet: Boise State, Fresno State, Utah, Washington State

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Gardenhire was initially a San Jose State verbal, and then a Washington State commit, but once Chris Petersen and UW offered it didn't take him long to switch, calling Washington his dream school. He is cousins with Dwayne Washington, so he already knew the program well.

Gardenhire was something of a late bloomer, garnering lower FBS offers until his senior year, when he blew up a bit. He has the versatility to play anywhere in the secondary, but will probably get an initial look at the safety position. He is also pretty good with the ball in his hands, and it isn't outside of the realm of possibility that we see him returning kicks or punts at some point in his career.

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