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June 5, 2009 at 2:03 PM

More on future UW QB prospects

Obviously, the question for UW now is what it does to find a quarterback for the class of 2010 with Jake Heaps having decided to cast his lot with BYU —- just in case you hadn’t heard.
According to all the recruiting sites, the only other QBs for that class who have received offers from UW are Nick Montana, son of Joe, and Jesse Scroggins. Montana is from Westlake Village, Calif., and is reportedly taking an unofficial visit to UW beginning today. Scroggins is from Lakewood, Calif.
Neither, however, is a slam dunk to sign with UW, and reading between the lines may indicate that Montana is a better bet than Scroggins, whose stock is rising fast and who seems to want to make a lot of visits to a lot of different places, indicating recently he will visit North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee this summer, among other schools.
Montana, meanwhile, has spoken highly of UW and Steve Sarkisian, whom he got to know when the coach was an assistant at USC the last few years.
While UW would surely love to get one of those two — and most observers think getting one of those two may be just as good in the long term as having corralled Heaps — the Huskies appear to not be taking any chances.
Scout.com reported today that UW is suddenly showing a lot of interest in Connor Halliday of Ferris High in Spokane.
Halliday is quoted in the story as saying he hadn’t heard much from UW until this week, when it became evident Heaps was going elsewhere.
Said Halliday: “I had heard a little from them earlier but they were going to wait on Heaps. Once Heaps committed to BYU they said they were going to open up their quarterback recruitment quite a bit. I got to talk to coach Sarkisian a little. He told me they’re excited about me, excited about my film, and they really wanted to get me in camp. So I think I’m going to try to get down there June 26.”
Halliday is listed as having offers only from Idaho and Hawaii, but he said WSU, Oregon State and Arizona State have all shown interest, as well.
Scout.com also reported this week that the Huskies have interest in Bryan Bennett of Crespi High in the San Fernando Valley area of southern California. He already has offers from Pittsburgh and Wyoming. But he said earlier this week, before the news of Heaps, that the UW coaches had told him that “I’m the next one on their list” after Heaps, Montana and Scroggins.
Intriguingly, Bennett said that UW coaches told him that “they said they should know by the end of June if either of them are going to commit or not.” That doesn’t necessarily jibe with what seems to be being reported about Scroggins — or since Bennett said “either” maybe he just means Montana and Heaps, who all along have seemed nearer to making a decision (Heaps obviously having done so since that interview was conducted).
Here’s a look at all the QBs who have indicated that UW has at least shown mild interest in them.
At the least, all of this shows that the Husky coaches appear to be formulating some backup plans should they not get any of the big three guys on their wish list.
And with just three scholarship QBs on the roster, there is no question the Huskies have to get at least one this year.

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