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May 27, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Fetters talks recruiting

Those of you who subscribe to Dawgman.com may have seen that I was a guest on one of their “Dawgman Radio” shows a few days ago.
It’s part of their pay site so I didn’t provide a separate entry on it. But here it is for those who can get it.
The tradeoff was that I peppered Scout.com recruiting analyst Chris Fetters with all kinds of questions on, well, recruiting, something he knows a little bit more about than I do.
So here are Fetters’ takes on a variety of UW-related recruiting topics:
JAKE HEAPS: “It’s really looking like a mid-June decision and I think ultimately, as I’ve always been on record as saying, it’s going to come down to UW or BYU. Nothing has happened recently to dissuade me from that. But I don’t know if even Jake knows what he is going to do yet. … Frankly, I don’t know how they have been able to keep sane this long (with the recruiting process). It would break most people. But they have done really, really well with it. There’s a lot of pressure from people here to stay here and stay home, and a lot of pressure from their church and the LDS community to go to BYU, and I know he’s feeling it from all sides and I know it’s going to be a very difficult decision.”
ON WHAT GETTING HEAPS COULD MEAN TO UW: “When is the last time the No. 1 rated QB in the nation picked a school that went winless the year before? I don’t think it’s ever happened. So I don’t know if you can overstate his importance, to be honest with you. As good as he could be down the road, I think that his recruitment and what it means to (Steve Sarkisian) and his staff in terms of locking down the state, it could mean a lot more symbolically than anything else. It could set the tone for years to come, not just this year. … As far as BYU goes, they’ve been down this road before. They had the No. 1 QB a few years ago in Ben Olson, but that didn’t turn out all that great for them (he took a mission, then transferred to UCLA). But the difference is Jake is going to play. He is not going to take a mission. He has been pretty clear about that for a while now. So that sets in motion quite a bit in terms of what the coaches at BYU can do and planning ahead in knowing what they’ve got and what they expect to have.”
ASSESSMENT OF UW’S CLASS OF 2010 SO FAR: “I think it’s a tremendous start. I think that the obvious needs are still along the offensive line. They’ve gotten one offensive line commit in Ben Riva , and he’s a great get. But until you really see that beef start to come in this class it won’t feel like it’s really taken shape yet. Right now what they have done is significantly increase the skill level from an athletic standpoint, getting bigger, faster, stronger guys. It seems like they are doing that. But until they get those complementary guys along the line, I don’t think anyone will be able to say it’s a complete class. They clearly need to have those other parts in order to make it feel like they have addressed their needs and gone out and gotten all the players they want.”
ON COMMITS WHO STAND OUT: “I think Chris Young, definitely. He brings an attitude that I don’t think they’ve had since a guy like E.J. Savannah. He’s just one of those guys who brings an enforcer-like attitude, a real head-hunting mentality, and that’s something they’ve been sorely lacking in the back end. They’ve had decent defenders there, but I think the physical nature of it has been lacking and I think he brings that in bunches. And then Jamaal Kearse is another guy who could bring that, too. He could easily be a defensive player by the time he gets to Washington and he brings that big, physical presence. In talking to (Lakes High coach) Dave Miller, he feels like Jamaal is not as polished as (older brother) Jermaine but that he has the potential to be bigger, faster and stronger and maybe a more complete football player. Sione Potoae is a guy you would love to have a redshirt year to allow him to mature. In time, he could be as good as any of them.”
ON OTHER IN-STATE PLAYERS UW IS RECRUITING: “Right now, there are only three other guys that have offers — Heaps, (OG) Colin Porter of Redmond and (DT) Julious Moore of Bellevue. Those are the three guys left that have offers. There are some other guys that might get offers if things break the right way like Happy Iona, Maxx Forde, who is the son of Brian Forde (former WSU Cougar and NFL player) and John Goldwire of Lakes.
ON THE CHANCES OF GETTING SOME OF THOSE PLAYERS: “Porter, right now Washington is his only offer. Cal might be on him because of the connection to Trevor Guyton (who played at Redmond and is now with the Bears). UCLA, Washington and Washington State have offered Moore. Until that (UCLA) offer came around, he was very much in Washington’s corner and he was talking seriously about making a commitment, and that commitment may still come. But getting a couple more offers opened his eyes and gave him a reason to maybe step back and take stock of all of his options.”
All for now.

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