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January 19, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Huskies solidify a few commits

Looks like the UW coaches are getting busy as the recruiting season alternately heats up and nears its close.
With just two weeks left until signing day and recruiting in a full contact period at the moment, word has come tonight of the Huskies appearing to solidify three commitments in recent days.
Reggie Torres, the coach for DL Hauoli Jamora of Kahuku, Hawaii, confirmed tonight that Jamora had given a commitment to UW during his recruiting visit, despite battling a case of pneumonia throughout his trip last weekend.
Dawgman.com, meanwhile, reported that two players who had been listed previously as commits in some quarters, but regarded as soft commits at best in others, had firmed up their situations and will become Huskies — LB Garret Gilliland of Orange Lutheran High in Orange, Calif., and OL Michael Criste of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High. Criste had been reported as commited in late November by the Orange County Register but there had been some question about his situation, Dawgman.com reporting those were cleared up during some recent visits with UW coaches.
That gives UW 30 players considered by at least one of the two major recruiting services — Rivals.com and Scout.com — to be committed to Washington, indicating that the Huskies may be close to filling up their Class of 2010. Schools can have only 25 players considered to be initial enrollees in a year. But UW will have at least four players enroll early, allowing them to be considered members of the Class of 2009 if need be, and at least one other enroll late, allowing him to be a member of the Class of 2011 if need be, to make the numbers work. And UW coaches surely have a handle on whether there may be issues with anyone else, or whether they think they have a legitimate shot at uncommitted players still thought to be considering UW.
Jamora’s commitment is among the more interesting UW has gotten as he was originally set to go to BYU before re-opening his recruitment. He visited Boise State recently before tripping to UW last weekend, already ailing with a case of pneumonia that only worsended during his visit.
“He came back and he had pneumonia and I said ‘you sure that’s where you want to go?”’ laughed Torres. “But he was sick before he left.”
In fact, he spent a day in the hospital upon his return but is doing better now, Torres said, and is on the road to recovery.
Torres said he talked with Jamora long enough to hear the player tell him that he had committed to UW during his visit and intends to stick with it.
“He said he verbally committed and he’s happy with his decision and looking forward to it,” Torres said of Jamora, listed at 6-2, 230 and as a defensive end. “Washington has what he wants, so he’s excited.”
Asked what kind of player the Huskies are getting, Torres said one that will work hard.
“He loves being in the weight room,” Torres said. “When he doesn’t get in his work out, he gets upset. So that alone is going to take him far.”

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