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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 1, 2006 at 7:44 AM

Recruiting update

A few of you have asked questions regarding UW’s recruiting efforts this year.
I’ll be honest and say that recruiting is not my main area of expertise, especially this time of year when simply covering the day-to-day happenings of the football and basketball teams takes up most of my time.
I tend to get into it more once the football season ends.
That said, I asked Tyrone Willingham about his plans for this year’s class the other day.
He said he wants to sign 21-24 players and said a big emphasis is on cornerbacks, which is an obvious need — two of UW’s three cornerbacks who play regularly, Dashon Goldson and Matt Fountaine, are seniors.
After that, he mentioned running back, a pass rusher, and both lines. But he also said the Huskies “have to restock everywhere,” while pointing out he’d say that no matter what the team’s record is right now as restocking is a need of every team in America come the end of the season.
Here’s a good list of UW’s commitments to date. It obviously shows that UW hasn’t gotten a commitment since late September. I know some of you out there hoped the team’s 4-1 start would lead to a rash of commitments from players suddenly eager to jump on board.
But I think recruiting is a much more long-term deal than that — a resurgence one year tends to pay more dividends in recruiting the following year, I’ve usually found.
Look at other Pac-10 schools and most seem to have about the same number of commits as UW does right now. UCLA, to name one, hasn’t had a commitment since mid-August.
As the list shows, UW does have commits from one cornerback and one running back, and I’d expect more of each. UW also probably needs a punter with Sean Douglas graduating and Ryan Perkins still recovering from a knee injury.
So again, thanks for your questions and understanding that this is something we’ll have more time to delve into once the season ends.

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