Washington added a physical piece to their defensive backfield today as Joshua Lair officially signed his NLI and is set to become a Husky.
The safety out of Fort Bend Marshall HS (Missouri City, TX) came just short of earning a four-star ranking in the 247 Sports Composite. The fourth star is added for a grade above a 0.89 and Lair currently stands at 0.8878 and the 490th overall prospect in the class of 2024. Lair took official visits to LSU, Baylor, and Texas in June but held off making a decision. He instead waited to take his visit to Washington to see the gameday atmosphere against Cal and committed to the Huskies a few days later.
Lair finished his senior season with 46 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception. As a junior he had 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Lair’s physicality is the first thing that stands out during his highlight videos. At 6’1 and 185 pounds, Lair loves to lay the lumber and come downhill to blow up opposing ball carriers. The coaching staff will need to do a little bit of work helping to improve Lair’s tackling form when the flashy hit is less likely to be a guarantee to bring down players in the Big Ten.
It’s most likely that Lair can expect to redshirt his first year on campus. Washington loses safety Dominique Hampton to graduation and it’s uncertain whether Asa Turner will return for his 6th and final year. Kamren Fabiculanan seems posed to take over one starting spot while Makell Esteen plus plenty of talented 1st and 2nd year safeties wait in the wings.
Lair hasn’t put together a complete senior season highlight reel yet but here are his junior year highlights.