First, I’ll host another late-night chat tonight at 9:30 — seems appropriate given the day. I have a little family business to attend to until then (not Sopranos style, more Cosby-ish).
But first, a few other notes to pass along:
— The final recruiting ratings are beginning to be finalized. UW is is 11th nationally and third in the Pac-10 by Scout.com; 20th nationally and fifth in the Pac-10 by ESPN.com; and 28th nationally and sixth in the Pac-10 by Rivals.
— To repeat in case it got lost in the earlier thread, Melvin Davis didn’t sign for academic reasons and is expected to go to a JC route. And from there, who knows.
— Enrolling early will be four players — Deontae Cooper (already here), Victor Burnett, Jesse Callier and Nick Montana. Enrolling late will be John Timu. So that cuts a 30-man class to 25 initial enrollees just like that. And Timu doesn’t have to count as a 2011 guy if a spot opens up in 2010, but enrolling late gives UW that option to put him there if it wants.
— Sarkisian said that the two RBs signed are different players, painting Cooper as a guy who could be more of a power back and Callier more as a maybe a speed guy.
— He noted that the average size of the seven OLs UW signed is 6-4.5, 295 “and that’s bigger than our starting O line that we have right now.”
— He talked a lot of how many recruits were also basketball players and noted that both WRs are good BB players, saying that’s the kind of guy they want, someone who is used to going up and winning battles for the ball in the air.
— He said all but Colin Tanigawa of the OLs could be tackles and said “that’s how you like to start. If it doesn’t work at tackle you can move inside instead of being an inside guy and then it’s hard to bump back out.”
— He said getting a lot of LBs (six were listed there) was on purpose. “It was a huge area of need, like the O-line,” he said. “That was huge. We had to fill the numbers, not only from a linebacker perspective but from a special teams perspective. We needed guys who can run and hit and have an impact early playing special teams for us.”
— If you missed the earlier item on James Atoe, Sarkisian said they had him in camp last summer and almost offered him then. He said they wanted to not put a lot of attention on him, hoping a spot would open up and he would still be available late, and he said that’s exactly what happened.
— Talking of Montana, he noted how successful Oaks Christian has been and that it runs a pro-style system and that should aid in his transition. He noted the presence of Keith Price and said nothing will be handed to Montana and that the competition between the two should help the progress of the QB position heading into 2011.
— He said he thinks the early commitment of Montana helped in making UW look like a good place to go.
— Said of Erik Kohler that “he will have every opportunity to come in and play as a true freshman. He’s that talented.”
— While he said all the assistants deserved praise for their work in recruiting, he noted the efforts of recruiting coordinator Johnny Nansen and cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin and relayed again how they were the first two assistants he hired, and in part because of what he thought they would bring in recruiting.
— He said the decision of Jake Locker to return likely helped a little bit because it “can validate who we are as people that this guy who could have been a top draft pick decided instead to return and play football with us for another year. That says volumes for who we are and what this university stands for and I think it did go a long way with some of the recruits.”
— Asked who among the group could be returners, he said Callier, Cooper, Sean Parker and Kevin Smith.
— He said he didn’t think the coaching change at USC impacted UW’s recruiting one way or the other.
— Sarkisian said he didn’t want to talk about any issues with the current team, instead keeping the focus on signing day. Not that there really are any other than seeing if there were any injury/health updates. Maybe we’ll have another chance soon to ask some of those questions.
— Former UW assistant Eric Yarber is leaving Arizona State for an assistant’s job with Tampa Bay.
Chat with you later.