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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

February 3, 2009 at 9:56 PM

A look ahead, and back

My main story for tomorrow’s paper has already been posted on-line.
Here it is.
In it, I tried to put into perspective the challenge that the UW coaching staff faced this recruiting season by getting hired less than two months before signing day, and compared it to the last two occasions the Huskies were in a similar situation — 2005, when Tyrone Willingham took over for Keith Gilbertson, and 1999, when Rick Neuheisel replaced Jim Lambright.
As you can see, Husky fans have to hope that this class turns out more like the 1999 crew than the 2005 group. Neuheisel didn’t come in until early January but was able to add some good players (Paul Arnold, Nick Newton, Todd Bachert, Kevin Ware) to go with a good core that was already in the fold (Cody Pickett, John Anderson) .
Willingham didn’t have as many commits already on board, but he also had more time, getting hired in mid-December. But he wasn’t able to add to it as well as Neuheisel — to be fair, the Huskies in 1998 were in the midst of 23 straight non-losing seasons while the 2005 Huskies were coming off a 1-10 season. Still, the results are what they are, and Willingham’s first class helped set the tone for a four-year tenure that never really got off the ground.
As the story mentions, this year’s class isn’t going to get high ratings. But it could improve based on what happens tomorrow with some key players still undecided.
And there are two internet reports tonight that El Camino CC CB David Batts has committed to UW after previously committing to Kansas State. If so, he would give UW seven JC recruits out of 18 known commits, two at cornerback.
That alone won’t jump the rating much, but there are a few other guys who are said to be still considering UW who could, such as DT Myles Wade, DT Brandan Warner and DB Brandon Sermons — all of whom have visited in the last two weeks — among others.
Speaking of undecideds, here’s a good update from ESPN.com on some of the top players on the West Coast who are still mulling it over, including two who are still considering UW — Josh Moten and Stan Hasiak.
We’ll be back in the morning with a full day of coverage of LOI day.

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