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July 27, 2009 at 8:57 PM

July answers, volume 14

Another round, this one focusing on recruiting. …
Q: There was a question of when we might see the next recruit signing. Is it slow right now because the coaches are on vacation? Do you think it will pick up next month when, as Erik Kohler mentioned, he and other recruits may want to get their decision out of the way in order to concentrate on their senior season? Or as another poster mentioned, are recruits waiting to see how we look in the games?
A: I don’t have statistical evidence of it, but strikes me that July is usually a fairly inactive month for recruiting in comparison to others. For one, it is indeed the month when college coaches take off for vacation, so not a lot of activity of any sort going on in the offices. The month is also an official quiet period when the only in-person contact can come if a recruit makes a visit to campus — and phone contact is also limited. It generally seems as if recruiting picks up more come August when practice starts, coaches are back at work, and prospects are more apt to make visits — often wanting to see a practice. In UW’s case, some recruits may want to see how the team plays. But obviously 12 haven’t needed to see UW in action — the number who have already committed to Washington — so obviously that’s not a real big factor for everyone. Everybody is, obviously, different, one reason I always caution about making sweeping judgments on recruiting issues.
Q: I know you generally defer to the pay sites for information on prospects but I want to know what you know about Larry Dixon of Olympic High? He keeps appearing on’s “Best in the NW” list, and I know he has made a couple of unofficial visits to the UW and seems to be impressed with the staff, but no one from ANY school has made him an offer. What’s the deal? Is it just because there are so many good RBs in the West this year, or what?
A: It is thought to be a deep year for RBs on the West Coast, so I’m sure that’s part of it. But another part of it could be people just wanting to see a little more from Dixon before offering. Scout also ranks Dixon as No. 111 in the nation among running backs, which is good but not all-world. That’s not to try to be negative about him, just to answer your question. It has seemed often through the years like there are some local RBs who put up huge numbers who don’t necessarily attract wide attention. Could just be that’s one position people feel is stronger out of state.
Q: Also, what do you honestly think our chances are to get a commit (or commits) from RBs Jordon James, James McConico, and/or Deontae Cooper? Seems like we really need one to complement Melvin Davis, the one RB in the class so far.
A: The chances with James, the Corona, Calif., native who is top-rated RB on UW’s list according to, got a lot better today with the news that he plans to take a visit to Washington the weekend of the LSU game. That obviously indicates serious interest. But that will also be his first visit and there are some heavy hitters after that, including UCLA and Notre Dame. So that sounds like what is likely to be a lengthy fight for his services. McConico, of Compton, said this week he plans to visit Arizona, Oregon and Notre Dame and didn’t mention UW, so he sounds like more of a long shot. (That’s according to a story from July 23, which is the latest I’ve seen on him). Cooper, of Perris, Calif., doesn’t list any real leaders out of a lot of schools, so he’s harder to read. But he attended UW’s Rising Stars camp in June so he obviously has a lot more awareness of Washington now.
All for now.



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