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February 2, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Wallace likes UW’s class, doesn’t like odds to add to it much tomorrow

For my story for tomorrow’s paper, I talked a little bit with Allen Wallace, who was a recruiting analyst long before it was cool, and is currently the National Recruiting Editor for Scout.com.
Wallace had lots of praise for UW’s class overall, saying that “Washington is putting together a good group here. They’ve got a lot of solid players.”
But while Wallace said Steve Sarkisian deserves kudos for getting UW back on the recruiting map, he also says it’s what ought to be expected of a coach at Washington.
“He’s a good recruiter,” Wallace said. “That’s a strong part of his game from an organizational standpoint as well as having an ability to reel in players. But I was one of those that it was hard to understand what has happened to Washington football, the way that Washington kind of dropped off the mat. To me, that was the anamoly. The fact that Washington would again be forceful recruiting in the state (of California) is what is expected.”
Wallace said Don James positioned UW as a good alternative for California kids who wanted to play in the Pac-10 but might have wanted a different exerience, and he thinks Sarkisian is on his way to again having Washington be viewed as a viable destination for top recruits in the state.
That said, Wallace said he isn’t expecting UW to get any significant additions tomorrow.
As quoted in the story, he thinks Ricky Heimuli, Sean Parker and Josh Shirley are all likely headed elsewhere.
“I would be surprise if they won those battles,” he said. “Most people down here think Shirley will go to USC. If (USC) lost Shirley at this stage, that would be viewed as a major blow to USC since they need linebackers so bad. Heimuli has been thought to be between Utah and UCLA for what seems like a pretty long time now. Would be another real shocker if Sark were able to win that battle. I would guess you would say the best chance would be Sean Parker. But that’s kind of a late rush where you started to hear about UW. Otherwise, Michigan and USC have been the schools most thought in the lead for Sean.”

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