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January 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Jan. 18 questions — Samoan football, recruiting, rankings and more

Another set of questions.
But first, a brief comment on what became a hot discussion topic on here last night, the 60 Minutes report on football in Samoa (here’s a link if you missed it).
It’s a good report, but it’s not exactly new news. Ted Miller wrote an extensive story about this topic almost 10 years ago in the Seattle P-I. I can’t find it to link, but GQ also had a big story about this a few years ago, as well.
Trust me, college coaches know about the talent over there and have for years. And UW has obviously had all kinds of Samoan players through the years (the Tuiasosopo family being the most notable). UW’s current recruiting coordinator, Johnny Nansen, was born in American Samoa. so I think the Huskies are well-positioned to take advantage of getting the talent over there.
Now, onto the questions. …
Q: Excluding Deontae Cooper who has already signed scholarship papers, which recruit in your opinion can the Huskies not afford to lose?
A: I’ll this question while noting that it is PURELY HYPOTHETICAL. But I would say that the three most valuable recruits in this class may be QB Nick Montana — you always have to have a QB and would be hard to get a top-flight one at this late date if you don’t already have one; and OL Erik Kohler and DT Sione Potoae. UW’s biggest long-term challenge remains stocking the line on both sides of the ball and Kohler and Potoae are great steps in the right direction to getting that done.


Q: Do coaching staffs actually pay any attention to the ratings from these services.
A: Yes. They may say they don’t. But you always hear the coaches mention the rankings, usually unsolicited, on LOI Day. If their class is highly-rated, they’ll allude to that by noting that the class is getting raves, etc. If it’s not highly-rated, you’ll hear the coaches say that they “don’t pay attention to the rankings” and just recruit the guys they like, etc., which is their way of trying to mitigate the talk that it’s a low-rated class — and evidence that they know what the ratings are. I can’t say all coaches pay attention to them evenly. But it only makes sense that they would know what’s being said, and I think they definitely do at least know the basics of what is out there.
Q: So, regarding recruiting class rankings, can we assume that the recruiting websites still count the early enrollees and greyshirts toward the current class, even though the NCAA doesn’t (i.e., our total score would reflect the rankings of all 28-30 in the class, not just the 25 who aren’t early entrants or greyshirts)?
A: Yes. You see that now if you look at the major ratings. They all include the players who are being assembled as part of this class, not assinging them back or ahead. The reality is that we don’t even know for sure right now which players will go back and forward. Players enrolling early gives the coaches the ability to count them back, and in UW’s case it’s almost certain they will. But especially for the guys coming in in March, you wouldn’t judge the class in February assuming those guys will count early when they aren’t even enrolled yet. So yes, for the ratings, all the guys who have committed this year, either enrolliing now or signing LOIs in February, will be included when putting together the ratings. And in future years when the classes are assessed, that’s how they will be judged, as well.
Q: What are the chances the Dawgs lose Strength Coach Ivan Lewis to the Seahawks? Any rumblings or rumors? He has been a big part of the turn around since arriving with Steve Sarkisian from SC and would be a big loss.
A: I know there was a general worry up there that Pete Carroll might come after some of his former coaches and staffers. But so far, I have heard nothing to indicate it’s going to happen. As I wrote in the answer about Nick Holt the other day, UW AD Scott Woodward and Sarkisian have had some meetings to discuss ways to make sure they retain assistants and staffers, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if you don’t hear at some point that there may have been some raises awarded to a few people.
Q: Whatever happened to this linebacker recruit from Louisiana. He was supposed to be pretty good and then I didn’t see him on this year’s roster.
A: Assuming you are referring to Bradly Roussel. He left UW over the summer and transferred to Northwestern State, an FCS school in his home state. I didn’t see any mention of him in the stats this season, however, so not sure if he sat out or what (he would have been eligible to play by going to a lower-division school). One thing I would add is that in you’re question you say that “he was supposed to be pretty good.” Allow me to use that statement to make a general point that everyone who signs a D-I letter is supposed to be pretty good to some level. They wouldn’t be signing scholarships if they weren’t. But obviously there’s a big transition to make to the next level and some can do it and some can’t, and most of the time when it doesn’t work out for a guy, it’s no more complicated than that.
All for now.

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