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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

February 6, 2009 at 1:29 PM

February answers, volume three

With LOI day passed, time to start chipping away at the questions. …
Q: Like some others, I’m concerned about the depth on the offensive line with the Huskies signing only one OL for its 2009 class?
A: By my count, UW has 13 scholarship linemen heading into next season, two fewer than the team had at this point last year. That’s a few short of ideal, to be sure. However, coach Steve Sarksian said in his press conference Wednesday that the coaches will be looking at position changes to shore up the depth on the OL. So I think you could see one or two of the current DLs shifted over to offense. He didn’t offer any specifics, however — he was asked about Alameda Ta’amu but said the coaches would try to define all of that in the next few weeks as they begin to prepare for spring ball now that recruiting is over. So don’t worry that Sarkisian isn’t aware of it — be volunteered it before he was even asked that the team might look shy on depth there. The Huskies did try to bring in some big-time OLs in this class (Stan Hasiak, for instance). But they couldn’t get them in, and Sarkisian said he didn’t want to sign players he didn’t think could contribute just to add numbers. So I would expect that when by the spring, a few players will be moved to the OL and they’ll have 15 or 16 or so. (Also, I plan to do breakdowns of all the positions in detail between now and spring, so I’ll give a more detailed look at it then).
Q: Sarkisian mentioned in his press conference beginning to lay the ground work for recruiting in 2010. What can they do right now?
A: Well as became apparent in the last few weeks, they can’t have off-campus contact with underclassmen until July 1 (but underclassmen may take unofficial visits). Calls are allowed once from April 15 to May 31. And assistants are allowed to evaluate off-campus from April 15 to May 31. That will be a key time for the UW staff to begin really laying the groundwork for the class of 2010 and visiting most of the schools in the state. What they can mostly do now is begin identifying who it is they really want to go after once the contact periods begin.
Q: Sarkisian mentioned that he thinks his staff can recruit for the best players in the country. Do you think that means he wants to begin recruiting nationally?
A: Not really. I think it sounds nice to talk about recruiting nationally. But you only have nine assistants and one head coach. Only so much ground that can really be covered. UW has never really recruited nationally, but has occassionally gotten a player or two from Florida or Texas, often due to some connection (the so-called Florida pipeline was just three guys who were all good friends and HS teammates, Charles Frederick and Rich Alexis following John Anderson, who came mostly because he knew he could start four years). Reality is schools like UW are best-served concentrating on their geographical bases — in this case, Washington and California. What I do think this staff will do is hit Hawaii and the Polynesian players a lot harder. That was a strength for UW in the ’80s and early ’90s, then dried up for a little while, though there have been a few players here and there. But that seems to be an area producing an increasing amount of football talent, and this staff already has a lot of contacts there, so I think that’s where you could see more of an emphasis.
All for now.

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