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February 3, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Pinkard headed to a JC, other notes

As recruitniks often say, best to write commitments in pencil until LOI Day arrives.
More proof has come today with the news that UW commit Kenneth Pinkard is instead headed to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Trinity Valley may best be known as the temporary home of Shawn Kemp for a few months before he turned pro in 1989.
Pinkard, a cornerback from South Oak High in Dallas, was one of UW’s earliest commitments this year, giving the word late last summer to the staff of former coach Tyrone Willingham. But he never took an official visit, which led to rumblings he wouldn’t end up signing with UW.
Pinkard told Scout.com that he found out Friday that the Huskies wouldn’t be honoring his scholarship so he told his high-school coach to find him a place close to home to play. He apparently had no other D-I offers.
That marks the third recruit inherited by the new staff that will sign elsewhere. Aaron Grymes of West Seattle committed to Idaho after being asked to redshirt and Grant Cisneros of Sumner committed to Central Washington after being told his scholarship would not be honored.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Cerritos CC coach Frank Mazzotta told The Times today that the competition for DE Ryan Davis may not be over and that Cal is still fighting hard to land him. Davis was a commit to the Bears before visiting UW and saying he wanted to become a Husky, instead. So that may be one to watch tomorrow. Mazzotta said only that “I know it’s down to Cal and UW.”
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has an interesting look at the accuracy of recruiting rankings through the years. His conclusion on UW isn’t a new one — the team has been underachieving on the field despite having what were regarded as some OK recruiting classes the last few years. One of the biggest things that may skew UW’s high overall recruiting rating in that period is the top-20 finish for the Class of 2004, which fell apart fast when highly-touted QB Matt Tuiasosopo decided to play baseball and Keauntea Bankhead didn’t qualify.
Delvon Purvis, the Jordan High WR who was one of the players who was the focus of the LA Times story that got UW in a minor bit of trouble, may be headed to play at Ball State.
All for now.

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