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February 1, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Recruting update UPDATED

Quite the Super Bowl, wasn’t it?
I thought Kurt Warner was passing the ball on that last play called a fumble, but would have been a long shot, anyway.
About the time the game was ending, Will Mahan was returning to Bakersfield from his recruiting trip to UW this weekend. (BTW, he told me he prefers Will though he’s listed as Williams in some places).
I got a hold of Mahan, who is being recruited to be UW’s next punter, during a layover on his trip home and wrote this little story about him and where UW’s recruiting stands as letter-of-intent day approaches on Wednesday.
For those who have asked about the recruiting schedule now, the next four days are now a dead period, meaning one call is allowed, but otherwise no contact with recruits. And that means those recruits who are undecided will now basically be left alone to decide their futures.
For those who have asked about the LOI period, it actually just begins on Wednesday and then runs through April 1. So players don’t have to sign on Wednesday. They can do so anytime between Wednesday and April 1. But typically, most players sign on LOI day since everyone wants to get it wrapped up, and only the elite usually can hold off and still be assured a spot at the schools they are considering. Schools don’t want to be left with unfilled scholarships, and players don’t want to be stuck without one, so it usually wraps up on LOI Day, or shortly after.
The LOI period is also a quiet period for recruiting, so essentially, recruiting ends this week.
The commitments this weekend haven’t improved UW’s standing in the recruiting rankings much. UW is 72nd in the nation and last in the Pac-10 in Scout.com’s rankings and 83rd in the nation and ninth in the Pac-10 in the Rivals.com rankings ahead of Washington State, which is 85th in Rivals (and yes, that is quite a variance for the Cougars in those two rankings — part of the reason is that Scout has WSU with 20 commits and Rivals 19. Scout also simply rates some of WSU’s recruits higher than does Rivals).
UPDATE — Scout.com is confirming tonight an earlier report from RealDawg.com that JC DE Ryan Davis has committed to Washington. The 6-4, 250-pounder from El Camino CC had been committed to Cal but made the switch to UW after his visit this weekend. He said one of the main reasons was that Cal saw him as a traditional linebacker while UW envisions him playing as a defensive end, which he said is what he does best.

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