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January 31, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Spotlight on Colin Tanigawa

I know there’s a lot of interest in what’s going on with recruiting right now, and I’ll try to round up where things stand a little later tonight.
First, wanted to pass along the latest in the “Spotlight on” series, this on OL Colin Tanigawa of Loyola High in Los Angeles:
UCLA couldn’t have asked for a better ally in its efforts to get Loyola High lineman Colin Tanigawa to stay home and play for the Bruins — Loyola High quarterback Jerry Neuheisel. But even the son of the UCLA coach couldn’t help sway Tanigawa, who stayed solid to the Huskies through the recruiting process and will sign with UW on Wednesday.
“He just liked Washington more,” said Loyola coach Adam Guerra. “I joked with Jerry (who is a junior this season) that they missed out on a good one.”
Indeed, Tanigawa may not have received as much publicity as some of the other players in UW’s class, but Guerra insists he could be as good as any down the road.
“They got a great football player,” said Guerra, who said Tanigawa is 6-3, 290. “He’s definitely one of the best lineman to come through Loyola in the last 20 years. He’s going to bring a lot to the table for the Huskies. He really gets it done. He’s great in pass protection, he’s an excellent run blocker. He’s a great weight room guy. He just loves playing football. He comes to compete. He never shies from a challenge. Even his senior year, once he committed, if anyone could have eased up and taken the foot off the pedal he could have. But he never did. Our last game was his best game. He played the entire game on offense and defense and came up big on both sides of the ball.”
Tanigawa played tackle at Loyola but projects as a guard or center for the Huskies, who are recruiting with an emphasis on athletic linemen who are mobile to better fit their zone blocking scheme.
“They have a lot of new guys who can move, not necessarily the 340-pounder who can’t get out of their stance, and I think Colin is that kind of guy,” Guerra said.
Guerra said that what sets Tanigawa apart is “how he can run block and get up the field and really finish blocks. You watch the film and the play is 15-20 yards down the field and you see a guy come flying across the screen because Colin decleated him. … He rarely made a mistake. He’s a good student of the game.”
Tanigawa also has a little bit of familiarity with the family of one of UW’s coaches — Nick Holt Jr., played at Loyola before the family moved to Seattle a year ago.

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