First off, a reminder of the recruiting chat today that will be hosted by preps writer Mason Kelley (and I’ll be there, as well). We’ll have it at noon available on this blog or the preps blog.
— For my main story today, I wrote about Erik Kohler and UW’s commitment to rebuilding the offensive line in this class, getting commitments from seven. UW also signed six players in 2007 and 2008 who ended up on the offensive line, though each year only five were listed as OLs on signing day.
In 2000, UW signed seven players who ended up as OLs, though one never got into school. But there were years when UW had troubles signing very many OLs, something that in my estimation played a pretty large role in building the hole UW has found itself in the last seven years. The Huskies signed only four in 2002, and only three that ever put on a uniform and only two that ever played. In 2003, UW signed just three.
UW also signed just two in 2005 and one in 2009, though those were each small classes put together hastily after coaching changes and deserve some benefit of the doubt. But from 2001-03, UW signed just six OLs who it could reasonably said became major contributors, and from 2004-2006 just four. While a lot of those players did yeoman’s work, there simply weren’t the numbers to create the needed depth or competition in a lot of those seasons, something that appears on the way to being rectified with this class.
— The Honolulu Advertiser, meanwhile, details the situation facing DE Kona Schwenke, who decommitted from BYU and is now considering UW and Notre Dame. The story reads that: chwenke visited Notre Dame, but ended up not going to Washington as planned because the recruiting “dead period” started yesterday and his trip would have encroached into yesterday. “I really like Notre Dame,” Schwenke said. “I had a good time up there.” But Schwenke said plans are in the works for a visit to Washington this weekend, as the dead period ends Thursday. Schwenke could still be undecided on signing day. “If I go to (visit) Washington, then I (won’t have a decision) on signing day,” he said. Schwenke had earlier made a verbal commitment to Brigham Young, which rescinded its offer after learning he was taking a trip to Notre Dame, Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said.Since Schwenke’s Notre Dame visit, Torres said West Virginia and Hawai’i called him to inquire about the defensive end. But Schwenke said he will pick between UW and Notre Dame.”
— The story linked above also has into on CB Jeremy Ioane, still considering Notre Dame, UW and Boise State, and LB V.J. Fehoko, once considering UW but now down to Hawaii and Utah.
— ESPN’s Greg Biggins has an entry recapping what he’s hearing heading into signing day. It’s a pay story so I won’t repeat all of it. In essence, he says Ricky Heimuli appears leaning to UCLA based on his relationship with Norm Chow and the chance to play right away; that nobody has a clue what Sean Parker is going to do but to “watch out for the Huskies” as he likes the idea of being able to play right away and loved his visit — he is also considering USC and Michigan; and that the Huskies are still in it for Josh Shirley and that he likes the coaching staff and that Miami may be too far away (he’s also considering USC).
— Ted Miller talks recruiting with Tom Luginbill, who cites Deontae Cooper as a recruit who could make an immediate impact next season.
— Ken Goe’s daily links around the Pac-10 have lots of recruiting links as well as news on the dismissals at Oregon.
— Here’s the complete Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Team, finally posted yesterday. Sione Potoa’e is the only UW player on the First Team so far (and it may be best to wait until after the dust clears tomorrow to start adding these things up).
All for now, but chat with you at noon.