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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 14, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Recruiting update

With a coaching staff now almost fully in place, and the coaches convention wrapping up, the focus will turn back to recruiting for the Huskies.
UW is currently scheduled to host eight players on visits this weekend, according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Five are players who have already given a commitment to UW, either solid or “soft,” — quarterback Keith Price, safety Nathan Fellner, quarterback/athlete Josh Moten, linebacker Andru Pulu and defensive end Talia Chrichton.
So for those players, the visit is mostly about reaffirming, or making solid, a previous commitment.
The three players currently scheduled for visits who are undecided are cornerback Desmond Trufant of Wilson High in Tacoma, the younger brother of Seahawk Marcus Trufant; WR/athlete James Johnson of Valley Center, Calif.; and safety Will Shamburger of St. John Bosco High in southern California, the same high school as Price.
More players could still be scheduled for visits this weekend as those often can come together pretty last-minute.
Some of you have asked me about the impact Steve Sarkisian and his staff will be able to make in recruiting this year. As I wrote earlier this week, it’s not real easy to come in at this late date and start changing a lot of minds or landing a lot of big-time guys. The truer gauge of the recruiting ability of this staff will come next year.
And unlike the last two coaches to take over after the season — Tyrone Willingham and Rick Neuheisel — Sarkisian didn’t walk into a situation where some of the top-rated recruits in the state were still uncommitted. Willingham was able to land J.R. Hasty and E.J. Savannah late in the game to pump up the rating for his first class in 2005. Neuheisel was able to nab running back Paul Arnold, the consensus top player in the state in 1999 who wasn’t committed at the time Neuheisel took over.
Of the players rated by Rivals.com as the top 10 recruits in the state, only Trufant — at No. 6 — was uncommitted, or not seriously leaning toward a school, when Sarkisian took over.
So while some surprises may happen in the next few weeks, I wouldn’t count on many miracles.

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