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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

February 1, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Some new Huskies

Those who read the basketball blog as well as this one know I was busy with that sport much of the afternoon and night — and then a few of us had no choice but to hit some of the hot spots in Tempe.
Long-winded way of saying that it sounds like I missed a little action on the recruiting front tonight.
I’ll try to catch up.
Both Scout.com and RealDawg.com are reporting that UW has gotten a commitment from DT Johnny Tivao of Cerritos CC in California. He’s listed at 5-11, 340 pounds, meaning he’s bringing some serious heft to a defensive line that already seems to have a lot of promise. On the other hand, when a team just went 0-12, everything needs improving and you can never have too many defensive linemen.
Scout.com, RealDawg and Rivals.com are all reporting that UW has a commitment from punter Hunter Mahan of Bakersfield CC, who figures to be the front-runner to replace Jared Ballman as the team’s punter next fall. There are some walk-ons on the roster, but if they are giving a scholarship to Mahan I’m sure they have a reason.
And RealDawg.com is reporting that DE Ryan Davis of Cerritos, listed at 6-4 250, and OL Daniel Mafoe of El Camino CC, listed at 6-4, 320, have also committed.
If so, that would give UW four JC commitments on this weekend and six for this class. The issue of JC players has been kicked around a lot on here, whether it’s good or bad to go for the immediate help at the potential risk of just having more holes to fill in two years. But given an 0-12 record and the challenges of filling holes in this recruiting class, it makes sense for this team to go that route, assuming these players pan out, both in terms of getting into school and then contributing.
And if all are in, it’s at least 17 commitments for the Class of 2009
Davis may be the most intriguing of the commits as he had given a soft verbal — seems like there is no other kind these days — to California after his visit there in December. Can’t hurt to steal a player from the Bears.
Mafoe was also listed as having offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State, among others.
But UW would have had an in with Mafoe as his coach at El Camino was John Featherstone, who was also the coach for Sarkisian during his years at that school in 1993-94. Featherstone is the coach who famously talked Sarkisian into resuming his football career there after he had returned to El Camino originally to play baseball after transferring from USC. UW might appear set at tackle for next season with Ben Ossai and Cody Habben returning. But again, this team went 0-12 last year, so competition is likely to be the word of the day at every position next season, Nobody should feel safe after a season like that, so I wouldn’t question recruiting anybody at any position. He is said to have two years of eligibilty remaining as do Davis and Mahan.
Tivao, meanwhile, originally signed with Boise State and has three years of eligibility remaining, making him an even more long-term investment than your normal JC player.
Those were four of the seven players known to have visited UW this weekend. The others were DT Myles Wade, who has given a soft verbal to Texas Tech; CB Brandon Sermons, who has given a soft verbal to UCLA; and CB David Batts of El Camino (meaning he was also coached by Featherstone), who has given a soft verbal to Kansas State.

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