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Scouting receiver recruit Erik Brown

The Washington Huskies' passing game will receive a boost from players like Erik Brown, a 4-star wide out from Southern California.

Erik Brown
Erik Brown
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Washington's quarterbacks will have a glut of talented wide receivers to throw to for years to come, and that group includes consensus four-star wide receiver Erik Brown.

A 6'1 170-pounder who plays for Fontana (Calif.) Summit, Brown is one of three four-star pass-catchers in Steve Sarkisian's class of 2014. Alongside fellow receiver Rahshead Johnson and tight end Chase Blakley, Brown and his crew could provide a big boost for a team that finished 82nd in passing offense this past year, with a large portion of that going to a tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Brown committed to the Huskies at Nike's The Opening, choosing Washington over six other Pac-12 schools, including their cross-state rivals Washington State, a school near his Southern California home in UCLA, as well as Cal, Oregon State, Arizona, and Arizona State. Notre Dame, Nebraska and Boise State offered from around the country.

He's ranked as the No. 22 wide receiver in the country, per 247's composite.

Here's more on what Brown can do from SB Nation's Derrell Warren (@yssd):


Brown is a recruit who could line up in the slot or possibly as an outside receiver. He appears to be smaller than his listed size (6'1 170) so it may be more advantageous to line him in the slot until he can develop a few additional layers of muscle tone to deal with the bigger, rangier cornerbacks he'd have to deal with as a true outside receiver.

Brown is a smooth mover with excellence balance. While he has above-average speed, he's really more quick than fast. He runs clean routes and has a great understanding of how to use pace and rhythm to break down a defensive back's cushion to set up whatever route he intends to run.

On tape Brown shows savvy in attacking coverage. Versus cover three he'll often stem his route vertically, sit down in the void and leave a nice throwing lane for his quarterback.

On vertical routes, Brown uses his burst to the ball to create deep separation. He does a great job tracking the passes down field. In his routes he's able to break down his frame and explode out of his breaks to get open in the short to intermediate game. He has very quick hands, able to immediately shoot them away from his frame in order to pluck the ball away from his body.