With all of the changes to Washington’s coaching staff, many have wondered if some of the the state’s Blue Chip recruits might change their minds.
On Monday, Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell said he remains a solid verbal to Notre Dame. Lakes athlete Cedric Dozier said he was solid to Cal, although there is the potential of a visit to UW now that Eric Kiesau has joined Tosh Lupoi as former Cal assistants who are now members of Steve Sarkisian’s staff.
Then there is the state’s top recruit, Puyallup lineman Joshua Garnett, who has not yet given a verbal commitment, but left Washington out of his top three.
Garnett said Wednesday he has not changed his mind and will pick from either Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame on Jan. 26.
“I think a lot of the guys, like me and KeiVarae, people who were committed already, I think it was too late now,” Garnett said. “I know they’re getting a lot of coaches in, but we already made up our minds for schools that we’re going to look at or schools that we’re already committed to.”
He pointed to former Bellevue standouts like Stephen Schilling, who played college football at Michigan, and David DeCastro, who played at Stanford, as a pair of players on paths he would like to follow.
Like the other prospects I’ve talked to this week, Garnett was also surprised to hear about Lupoi leaving Cal, but said it had no impact on where he plans to play.
I had a really nice conversation with Garnett about the recruiting process for a story I’m working on to go with my Chip List, which will run in Sunday’s paper. It has been really interesting to talk to this year’s big-name recruits. They all seem to understand the recruiting process better than most, and they have been able to push past outside influences to find what they feel is the right fit.