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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 22, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Thursday a.m. links

A few items of interest to pass on a day when it’s still foggy — though I don’t think this is rented fog outside my window. …
— One of you asked the other day about recruiting rankings, and how often they prove to be accurate, pointing out we all know of five-star guys that don’t pan out, and one-star guys that do. Tom Wyrwich of our staff did a good overview this week on our high school sports blog of the last 10 years of the Seattle Times blue, red and white chip ratings to see how accurate our ratings were. Here’s his look at the blue chips, as well as his look at some players who should have been blue chips. My take has always been this — a school that signs 25 five-star players is always going to beat a school that signs 25 one-star players just based on percentages. There are reasons guys are ranked what they are, and while there are always mistakes made, there are also guys that pan out, and I think the majority of All-Americans are guys people thought all along would be pretty darn good. But that doesn’t mean you ignore the one-star guys. The key is getting the right mix of players no matter the rating.
— SI.com has an interesting story today studying the geographical makeup of successful college football teams. The conclusion is that the best teams get the majority of their players locally. But that obviously doesn’t work for everybody —- Washington State, Oregon State being prime examples of Pac-10 schools that have no choice but to recruit outside their area. UW falls a little in between as there is always some good local talent to build a base. But UW would never be successful recruiting only in-state.
— So far, Yes is leading No in a poll on the Puget Sound Business Journal web site regarding funding of the renovation of Husky Stadium.
All for now.

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