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June 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM

More from Biggins on recruiting

The news earlier this week about Nick Montana’s commitment to UW cried out for a little more on what this might mean to Husky recruiting down the road, as well as just a more on Montana himself.
So I turned to one of the acknowledged recruiting experts on the West Coast, Greg Biggins of ESPN.com, for some thoughts on Montana, as well as a couple of Pac-10 related issues that some of you have asked about.
TOPIC ONE — Will Montana’s commitment help lure a lot of other top recruits to UW?
Biggins says it won’t hurt, but that one commitment by one player hasn’t historically shown to have a big influence on other recruits.
“I kind of think that whole Pied Piper thing that people like to say, that if you get this guy it will help you get this guy, is overblown,” he said. “You rarely see package deals and you rarely see kids follow somebody to a school just because so-and-so went there. But what it does do is put Washington center stage. They didn’t win a game last year but everyone is talking about them. The Montana story was everywhere — there’ve been stories about that on every single web site. So that is good for Washington. And he is a very personable, outgoing kid, so I think he will be able to help. Whether all of that helps them get a lot of other players, I’m not sure. But it is going to help a little bit.”
TOPIC TWO — An assessment of Montana as a player.
“He’s good,” Biggins said. “He’s only played one year of high school because he transferred from (De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., after his sophomore year) where he didn’t play. So last year was really his first year. So he’s just going to get better, He just gets better every time I see him.
“First time we saw him was his sophomore year at a camp and he was just okay. Last year, he was a lot better when I saw him at USC’s camp and he had a good junior season. And then I saw him at the Elite 11 camp at Cal May 15 and he had a pretty good day. But you could see that his potential is huge. He has wide shoulders and long arms so he’s not even close to filling out physically. And he already probably has a stronger arm than a lot of other guys and it will only get stronger as he gets physically stronger and more mature. He’s a good athlete for a QB and he’s to get bigger physically.
“His upside is huge. Sometimes you see guys who have already developed in high school but he’s a guy who in 2-3 years has a chance to be really good.”
Biggins says it wouldn’t have surprised him if Jesse Scroggins hadn’t been No. 1 on UW’s board but that once Montana said he wanted to commit, the Huskies did the smart thing. “You have to take the guy who wants to come now,” he said. “You don’t want to risk losing both.” He also said Montana’s commitment means Scroggins will now look elsewhere and that he thinks UW will take just one QB. “I’m sure that was part of the deal,” he said. “I don’t think Nick would have committed if they were going to take another QB.”
TOPIC THREE — A question some of you have asked me — does it mean anything that UCLA has only one commit right now, tied with Oregon State for the fewest in the Pac-10?
Biggins said it is a little unusual because “UCLA usually gets off to a hot start. But I just think that they are recruiting a lot of guys who just aren’t making early commits. They are in on some pretty big-time guys and if today were signing day, a lot of those guys would probably be committing (to UCLA). There would be a concern if they weren’t involved with top players and not being mentioned by anyone, but a lot of kids are mentioning them, so it’s not something to be too alarmed about now. If if’s halfway through the season, you might be a little more worried about it. I think they will finish up pretty good assuming they sin some games as they are involved with a lot of guys.”
TOPIC FOUR — Conversely, Stanford, which often seems to wait to fill out its class due to needing to see if players it is recruiting will be accepted, has a Pac-10 high 16 commits already, leading to the obvious question of whether the Cardinal is doing something different now.
Biggins says that Stanford is being more aggressive about making early offers, and while the offers are still contingent on the player making it in, the school is making educated hunches that the players it is offering will indeed pass muster.
“What they are doing is offering guys early and counting on them being accepted,” Biggins said. “They are doing enough research to tell if a guy is going to make it in. It’s kind of smart because they are able to be aggressive and go after guys. It’s not going to hurt them if a guy can’t get in. At least it gets them to lock that kid up early and if they can do that, then it’s a huge get for them. They had a huge class last year and they are doing even better this year. They are recruiting nationally really well.”

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