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January 6, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Huskies set to sign a full class

Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian and new defensive coordinator Nick Holt each said today that they wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few current players who decide “not to get on the ship” — meaning, they end up deciding not to come along as the Huskies set about reshaping their program.
A little such attrition is common when there is a coaching change in a program.
And Sarkisian is apparently prepared to recruit as if he expects that there could be a little bit of movement.
Asked after the regular portion of the press conference was concluded how many players he expected to sign in this recruiting class, he said “that number is going to vary. But we’ll try to get our full allotment, that’s for sure. We’ll get close to 25, if not 25.”
I had the Huskies with 65 returning scholarship players at the end of the season, not including Trenton Tuiasosopo, who apparently may be back for a sixth year though we haven’t heard official word on that yet. That also doesn’t include E.J. Savannah, who has been welcomed back.
Teams are allowed 85 scholarship players, which is why most have generally assumed UW would sign 18-20 players this year. Attrition isn’t the only way to get more bodies in, however, as some could “grayshirt” or delay their enrollment by a quarter to save a year of eligibility.
Scout.com has UW listed with 10 commitments, though three are of the “soft verbal” variety.
When asked his goals for this class, Sarkisian said that “at this stage, where we are at with this short amount of time, we’re just trying to identify the best football players that have an interest and try to get them.”
More specifically, he also said the team needed to get faster everywhere and more athletic on the offensive line, so those would be two immediate priorities.
Sarkisian confirmed that there will be no visits this weekend with the Huskies waiting to bring in recruits the last three weekends.

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