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Q: Seems as if the Huskies are going after some JC players. Has the school made it easier for JC players to get into school?
A: I don’t think so. It’s not as if UW hasn’t been able to get any JC players into school before. It’s just that many of those who did make it in in recent years didn’t pay off (Aaron Mason, Jordan Murchison, etc.). And some of the guys who seemed like they would have paid off didn’t make it in (Ashlee Palmer). But some of the ones that didn’t make it in to UW that Tyrone Willingham signed wouldn’t have made it anywhere — Chris Handy, for instance, just didn’t finish his degree, which had nothing to do with UW just that he didn’t do it. He wouldn’t have been admitted anywhere without his JC degree. So UW can get some JC guys in, but just as with all players, they have to pick the right ones.
Q: Speaking of JC recruits, is it worrisome that Steve Sarkisian suddenly appears to be going after so many? Isn’t that the same slippery slope that Willingham tried and failed at his first year that led to so much trouble down the road?
A: I don’t think so. So far, UW has just two JC commitments from TE Dorson Boyce and after this weekend, from CB Dominique Gaisie. UW could get one or two more depending on how the final days shake out. That’s not too many. It’s getting JC kids who can get into school and contribute that is the key. What hurt Willingham was recruiting JC kids that didn’t pan out, not only not getting immediate help but then leaving a hole later.
Q: So how much stock should I put in recruiting rankings, anyway?
A: This was addressed a little bit last week when Ilinked to our high school sports blog, which broke down how our blue, red and white chip high school prospects panned out in college. ESPN.com’s Ted Miller addressed it in a different way today, looking at this year’s All-Pac-10 team and how many stars each player received as a recruit. His conclusion is pretty much the same as mine was last week — there are always guys who slip through the cracks and turn out better than anyone thought, but your percentages of success are better with the higher-rated players. As Miller details, 20 of the 26 players on the All-Pac-10 team this year were three-star recruits or higher, and half were four-star or higher.
Q: Is it true that every single person at UW knows who Jake Locker is?
A: Apparently not. I saw Locker at the UW-UCLA basketball game Saturday with his dad and some other relatives. And I’m told that before the game, as he tried to get in the normal student-athlete entrance, the guard told him he couldn’t get in that way as it was now closed due to the game, apparently having no idea it was Jake Locker. But hey, he was doing his job, right?
MONDAY NIGHT NEWS ITEMS
A couple of interesting news items tonight:
— First, Scout.com is reporting that Josh Moten of Narbonne High, who was listed as a commit to UW in December, visited Colorado over the weekend and says he no longer considers himself committed in any way to UW and will pick between Washington and the Buffs. He says both schools have offered him a chance to play quarterback.
— UCLA has promoted linebackers coach Chuck Bullough to defensive coordinator. Bullough was interested in being UW’s DC before the Huskies hired Nick Holt, instead.
All for now.
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