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January 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Sunday morning links —- Best in West and Western 100 teams released

The last Sunday before LOI Day means the release of two of the more noted “best of” teams around — the Tacoma News Tribune’s Western 100 and the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West.
First, the Western 100 (and I don’t often post stuff from the TNT, but having worked there for six years and helped put the team together for a few years and knowing the interest in it, figured I’d make an exception).
Here’s the team, which consists of what the TNT feels are the top 100 college recruits in 11 Western states as well as Western Canada (and the distinction of recruits is significant as it is different from some teams that are simply based on high school accomplishment).
UW has commitments from 12 members of the team, which is a pretty good haul, including four offensive linemen, which may be the best news of all. The 12 UW players on the list are Nick Montana, Kevin Smith, Deontae Cooper, Zach Fogerson, Chris Young, Micah Hatchie, Erik Kohler, Colin Porter, Ben Riva, Hauoli Jamora, Sione Potoa’e and Taz Stevenson. Kirifi Taulua is also listed with his original commitment to Arizona, so that could give UW 13.
And with all the undecided players on the list, UW could end up with a few more. Not sure what UW’s record is in this, but 13 feels like a lot based on just what I can remember off hand.
There are enough undecided players on the list that it’s hard yet to make real comparisons as to which school will get the most. But of solid commitments, USC has 11 and UCLA 10 to lead other Pac-10 schools.
The package also includes this look at USC’s recruiting in the post-Pete Carroll era.
Now to the Best in the West, the most venerable of these types of lists in the West Coast (and frankly, one that was the inspiration for the list at the TNT way back when).
Unfortunately, I can’t find the actual list itself (may just not have been posted as I write this). But here’s the story about the list, and reading it, the only UW commit I see mentioned is Potoa’e (though again, there is mention of some of the uncommitteds still considering UW).
Included is a good column from Frank Burlison (though there really isn’t any other kind in my estimation) on how giving a commitment doesn’t mean quite what it used to.
There’s also this early look at the Class of 2011, noting it could be the year of the receiver on the West Coast. There’s also this on how the team was selected.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— I couldn’t find anything detailing Donald Butler’s day in the Senior Bowl. He apparently suffered a minor injury early and didn’t play much. However, I did find this interview with Butler from a day or so ago.
— The Arizona Republic notes that UW has become the latest school to offer 2011 QB Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz.
Ken Goe says Oregon football players need to start cleaning up their act, and also includes other links around the conference.
Nick Daschel reviews all of his 2010 expectations for Pac-10 teams, writing again that 7-5 is realistic for UW as long as Jake Locker stays healthy.
All for now.

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