Troy Fautanu, the offensive lineman out of Nevada, is officially a Husky. I mean, not literally — he’s still a human — but you get the idea.
Troy Fautanu is ALL DAWG.— Washington Football (@UW_Football) December 19, 2018
Washington welcomes OL @tFautanu from Henderson, Nevada.#PURP1EREI9N pic.twitter.com/qn0CkVYEcb
While his commitment to UW had been anticipated for a bit before he made it public, his verbal to Washington in early September was still welcome in an offensive line class that’s sneaky good this year.
I am 1000% Committed to the University of Washington. GO DAWGS! #PURP1EREI9N pic.twitter.com/v4amadCibV— Troy Fautanu ™ (@tFautanu) September 7, 2018
Fautanu recently received a slight bump in his recruit rating, up to 0.88 in the 247Sports Composite after sitting in the mid-80s for a while, and picked Washington over Cal, ASU, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Oregon.
Fautanu played tackle and DE at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada. Despite a small-ish frame for a collegiate tackle — he’s listed at 6’4” 275 lbs on 247Sports and 6’4” 262 lbs on his Hudl — he has many lower body traits that do well there; he’s quick at the snap and is quite light on his feet when pass blocking and, on running plays, is stronger than his size would suggest while being insanely fast when called upon to pull. He really broke out when he more than held his own going up against 247’s #1 overall player, DE Nolan Smith. Seriously, his highlights look like a running back who just happens to be gigantic, it’s awesome.
In fact, check ‘em out:
While his size restrictions and natural pulling ability point to Fautanu likely moving to guard in college, his feet look the part of a tackle. Regardless, the Dawgs are getting a player with a versatile skillset and lots of pancakes in his past.
Do good things, don’t do bad things, and bow down to Washington.