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December 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Sarkisian heading to the Islands

New UW football coach Steve Sarkisian is scheduled to meet with the media here at 1:30 p.m.
And then he is apparently headed to the airport for a trip to Hawaii.
This story from the Honolulu Advertiser today says Sarkisian is due in O’ahu tonight to visit with LB/FB Simione Vehikite.
Here’s a scouting report on Vehikite from Rivals.com. His stock is apparently rising quickly.
The trip will also allow Sarkisian some family time as his in-laws live on the Islands and he said last week his family often vacations there.
Also headed out on recruiting trips are new assistants Johnny Nansen, Demetrice Martin and Jim Michalczik. They are expected to be officially announed as assistants here today and then hit the road recruiting.
1:27 UPDATE — The school has just handed out a release officially announcing the hires of the three assistants mentioned above. Nansen is officially special teams coach as well as working on the defensive staff — sounds as if his exact role there is still TBA.
The release also states that Martin coached current Husky Jason Wells while at Mt. SAC. He was also a teammate of former UW cornerback Reggie Reser in high school, according to the release.
Also announced is the hiring of Jared Blank as the team’s director of player personnel, a new position at UW but a job Blank has held at USC for the past year-and-a-half. Blank will essentially serve as a recruiting coordinator as the release states that his “role will center on administration of UW’s recruiting efforts.”
In essence, Sarkisian is making sure he has enough of a staff put together to begin hitting recruiting hard.

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