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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

March 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Junior Day on tap

Among those in the house for UW’s basketball game will be a number of football recruits in town for the team’s “Junior Day.”
And what is Junior Day, exactly?
Basically, it’s just a day when the football program invites high school juniors it may have an interest in recruiting and shows them around the campus, the football facilities, maybe has them meet with academic advisers, that sort of thing.
“It’s essentially the high school recruiting version of a meet-and-greet,” said Chris Fetters, a recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “It’s an opportunity to get in front of those guys, for the coaches to kind of meet the next class and for the next class to meet them.”
There are no workouts or anything of that sort.
Other advantages are that it’s a time when the coaches can interact with juniors since off-campus meetings are prohibited until July 1. Coaches also hope that maybe some of the players bond during the trip and decide that they would want to play together in college — unlike basketball and baseball players, who tend to get to know each other well through playing on traveling teams for years, area football players don’t tend to know each other as well.
Here’s a good primer on what typically happens at a Junior Day. Teams can have as many as they want, but typically try to tailor it around an on-campus event, such as a home basketball game when they can show show off an exciting atmosphere.
These are regarded as unofficial visits so the players can’t be wined and dined or anything, but they can be given tickets to athletic events (here are the rules for unofficial visits).
Not sure exactly how many recruits UW will have in tomorrow — Fetters says a typical number is 20-25.
A few who won’t be there are Skyline QB Jake Heaps and Lakes WR Jamaal Kearse, each representing the state of Washington in a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas this weekend. And O’Dea OL Ben Riva is expected to attend UCLA’s Junior Day this weekend.
Among those expected at UW tomorrow are O’Dea RB Zach Fogerson and Lakes lineman Sione Potoae, who have already committed, as well as Lakes TE Darius Waters, Bellevue DL Julious Moore and Olympic High RB Larry Dixon.

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