With the 2020 class almost wrapped up (last week we discussed who was left on the board), I thought it would be a good idea to look at which commits might have a big impact on the field in 2020. Feel free to agree or disagree with me if you want:
4 star wideout Jalen McMillan from San Joaquin Memorial HS, CA is my first pick. Listed at 6’2” and around 180 pounds, McMillan is the 2nd highest rated recruit in the class (ranked by 247sports as the 38th best player in the class). I know the Huskies have not shown the willingness to play younger wideouts lately, but McMillan is a different wide receiver than the Huskies have on their roster. With 10.5, 100 speed and great size McMillan is already a great route runner and he is becoming a more physical wide receiver. When you watch him play you can see how fast and explosive he is, and next year with the Huskies losing 4 wide receivers there is going to be opportunities to play early for McMillan. So far through 6 games McMillan has 709 yards receiving on 39 receptions with 5 touchdowns (he is seeing coverage trying to stop him every game they play). Here is a look at his highlights:
4 star offensive lineman Roger Rosengarten from Valor Christian HS, CO is another player that I predict might see the field early. With the Huskies set to lose 2 starting tackles after this season, Rosengarten who is listed at 6’7” and around 280 pounds is a candidate to play early. 247sports has Rosengarten rated as the 87th best player and 9th best tackle in the 2020 class. When you watch his film you can see how good of a finisher that he is when he blocks people and with his frame he has the ability to be a true left tackle in the Husky offense. Here are some his highlights:
Maybe one of the more important players in the 2020 class is punter Triston Brown from Mt San Antonio College, CA. The Huskies will lose their punter after this season when Joel Whitfield graduates, and it would be ideal for Brown to step in and take over the punting job next season. Brown, is redshirting this season which will allow him to have 3 years of eligibility for the Huskies. Chris Sailer, who rates and trains punters, has Brown listed as the #1 punter in the 2020 class and says he can consistently hit a 45 yard punt with 4.5 seconds of hang-time.
In somewhat of a surprise pick I think 3 star linebacker Cooper McDonald from Northwest HS, TX is another player who may see the field early. With the Huskies losing both starting linebackers after this season there will be ample opportunity for some linebackers to play in 2020. McDonald, who was a relative unknown on the recruiting front, is really improving his recruiting stock this year and showing he is a good inside linebacker and has the instincts to be around the ball and make a ton of tackles. 247sports was able to check out one of his games and post one of highlights:
There will probably be more players that will see the field in 2020 (i.e. Sav’ell Smalls is a player that will play but the Huskies are returning all of their rush ends and it may be hard for him to see a ton of time right away) but these are the 4 players that I see making a potential impact next season. Let me know what you think and as always follow me @asieverkropp.