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December 11, 2006 at 8:52 AM

Lappano not going anywhere, more on commits

Talked with Tim Lappano for a little while last night and asked him if he would be interested in following Dennis Erickson to Arizona State, or in attempting to follow in his footsteps at Idaho.
Lappano said an emphatic no to both, some of which is included in this story here. Lappano played and coached at Idaho and grew up in Spokane, so it seemed like Idaho might be a job he’d be interested in. But he said his only interest is in continuing his job with the Huskies.
Erickson will be named ASU’s head coach today and is thought likely to bring much of his offensive staff from Idaho, as well as keep a few from the old ASU staff.
I also talked with Curtis Shaw, a running back from Stockton, Calif., who was one of four players to commit to UW over the weekend. Here’s a complete list of UW commits. Shaw’s from the same high school as Louis Rankin and is about as soft-spoken. But he did say he was intrigued by the opportunity to play immediately at UW. The Huskies are hitting the running back spot hard, having gotten commitments from five players who played running back in high school, though a few seem likely to make the move to another position.
I can’t remember UW recruiting more running backs since 1998, when they also signed five, led by Willie Hurst. That was a class a year after Rashaan Shehee graduated and the Huskies needed some backs to play immediately.
With Rankin the only back returning who has a carry, UW is thin at that spot.
The number of commits is helping UW move up in recruiting rankings as they are now No. 25 in the current Scout.com ranking, which can be found here.
Here’s a Rivals.com rating that has the Huskies at No., 28 in the nation.
Here, also, is a breakdown by conference and you’ll see that the Huskies have five more reported commitments than any other team in the Pac-10.
This stuff is all incredibly speculative — we all know stories of the one-star recruit who turned into a star (Steve Emtman) or the five-star recruit who turned into a bust — but it’s worth nothing that while the Huskies are fourth in terms of overall points in this ranking, they are ninth in terms of average rating per recruit. Still, the Huskies desperately need numbers right now, and they appear to be getting that, which may be the most important thing of all for this class.
I had UW at 56 scholarship players at the end of the season, meaning they can sign a full class of 25 and still be below the number.

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