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December 18, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Moten says he’s not in just yet — and a name for RB coach?

I called Josh Moten today expecting to get a few quotes to flesh out a story on his apparent commitment to UW.
Instead, Moten said this afternoon that while he likes UW a lot, and would consider himself a “soft verbal” to Washington, he’s not ready to completely call himself a Husky just yet.
The quarterback/athlete from Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., has been reported as a commitment to the Huskies by several different web sites.
But when I talked with him, he said, “You’ve got to correct that,” and that he doesn’t plan to give an official commitment until after he visits UW on Jan. 16.
“I’m not going to commit until I take my trip first,” he said.
That might sound like semantics, and he said that “I’m leaning towards Washington, yes.” But he also said he is getting interest from Colorado and plans to set up a visit there, as well.
He said he thinks people think he committed because he told new UW assistant Johnny Nansen during a visit last night that he really likes the Huskies. “I was telling him that ‘I’m leaning towards your school,”’ he said. “But when word got out that I was committed I said ‘woah.”’
So for now, may be best to write Moten’s name in pencil on the commitment list just in case.
POLA AS RB COACH? Also today, rumor is spreading that Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach Kennedy Pola is set to be hired to the same position by UW.
Here’s Pola’s bio.
Pola and the Jaguars will be in action tonight against Indianapolis.
Longtime UW fans may remember that Pola was briefly a Husky assistant in 1999 when he was in line to follow Rick Neuheisel from Colorado. But after a couple weeks working at UW in January 1999 he took a job instead at San Diego State, then landed the following year at USC, where he ended up working alongside new UW coach Steve Sarkisian for three seasons.
Indications are that this rumor has pretty strong legs, with Pola apparently motivated by a return to the West Coast and the college game, and obviously familiar with Sarkisian and UW. Pola is regarded as an especially strong recruiter with connections up and down the West Coast.
Here’s an interview with him from 2003 in which he receives a strong endorsement from Petros Papadakis, and also mentions that he took a recruiting trip to UW as a high school senior.

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