First off, a quick note that the next two weeks are obviously big for recruiting, as they are the final two full contact periods for the Class of 2010. UW coach Steve Sarkisian will spend the week in Hawaii and Southern California before returning home over the weekend when the Huskies will host another visitor or two.
At the moment, Scout.com lists the only visitor as DT Kirifi Taula of Servite High in Anaheim. He’s given a commitment to Arizona but wanted to take his visit to UW, as well.
There had been a hope that center Giovanni Di Poala, a commit to USC, might visit, but Scout.com no longer lists him as coming to UW.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— As some of you have pointed out, ESPN.com now lists Washington as one of the schools under consideration for highly-rated safety Sean Parker of Narbonne High School. So maybe that means there’s a chance he will still visit. He has one visit left having already gone to Cal, USC, Notre Dame and Michigan.
— Two players who had taken visits to UW are heading elsewhere. DT Fred Thompson, who visited for the Cal game, is going to Oregon State, while ESPN’s Greg Biggins is reporting that RB Kyle Middlebrooks, who visited the week of the Arizona game, has narrowed his choices to Arizona and Arizona State.
— Scout.com has revised its list of the top 300 recruits in the country. There are eight UW commits on the list — Sione Potoae (52), Erik Kohler (139), Kevin Smith (142)Deontae Cooper (189), Micah Hatchie (256), Colin Porter (275), Chris Young (279) and Nick Montana (300). That four are linemen — Potoae, Kohler, Hatchie and Porter — may turn out to be the best thing about this class. UPDATE — Added Smith after overlooking him earlier.
— The East-West Shrine game is this weekend, and among the participants is UW DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who is briefly mentioned in this story.
— This writer says the St. Louis Rams would have been very interested in Jake Locker had he declared.
— Nick Daschel says Oregon, Oregon State and Cal are the most stable programs in the Pac-10 and that while UW is trending upwards, it needs a few more years of good recruiting and winning before it can stay it’s truly stable.
— Lots of other news and notes from around the conference from Ken Goe at The Oregonian.
— Those links include this from the LA Times that notes that USC had a chance to lock up Sarkisian as a coach-in-waiting last year but didn’t do it, one reason he wasn’t too interested in the job this year.
— Also includes is this list of players who have recommitted to USC since the hiring of Lane Kiffin.
All for now.