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February 4, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Breaking down the visits, and a few other day-after notes

One question batted around on the chat last night was how did UW do in recruiting in terms of getting the players it targeted.
The best way to do that is to look at who and how many visited.
So thanks to the lists on Scout.com, I broke down some numbers.
According to those lists, UW had 50 players visit. All but two appear to have gotten offers.
UW signed 30 players, but two never made official visits — Chris Young and Cooper Pelluer.
So assuming all of these numbers are accurate, UW signed 28 of the 48 players it brought to campus for official visits and also had given offers.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that schools always hand out more trips and offers than get accepted — schools are allowed to have 56 official visitors. Many of UW’s commits took visits elsewhere and ended up signing with Washington, so the Huskies obviously won their share.
But for the purposes of conversation, here’s a look at where the players went who didn’t choose UW.
The school that hurt UW the most was, you might have guessed it, Oregon. The Ducks signed seven players who also took official visits to UW, including the long-committed Keanon Lowe and Alejandro Maldonado. Others were Ricky Heimuli, Troy Hill, Nick Rowland, Ryan Clanton and Derrick Malone. Malone, a safety, is a high school teammate of Maldonado, and some say his decision to pick Oregon is what helped sway Maldonado, as well — the two each visited UW for the Apple Cup.
Rick Neuheisel also got a few away from UW, signing five players at UCLA who had made official visits to Washington led by LB Josh Shirley and RB Jordon James.
USC, BYU, Boise State, Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon State each signed one player who had taken an official visit to UW.
That’s a pretty impressive list of schools to lose guys to, however, and in some ways seems to add more proof to the job this staff did recruiting — and worth remembering that again, the numbers mean you aren’t always going to get everybody you go after, and especially at the end, some of it comes down to a numbers game, guys making decisions based on who has already gone elsewhere.
Also worth recalling is the weekend of the LSU game, when there was a lot of attention on UW bringing in six big-time recruits. Of those six, UW ultimately signed two — Deonate Cooper and Victor Burnett. The others were CB Demetrius Wright (USC), RB Jordon James (UCLA), and OLs Nick Rowland (Oregon) and Kody Innes (UCLA).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
Ken Goe at The Oregonian put together a shockingly impressive number of links from around the conference, so once again I’ll just link what he did and let you choose.
— However, one I will spotlight is Jon Wilner’s look at all the various Pac-10 rankings with some other interesting thoughts.
— I also put together my own rankings of the Pac-10.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller is doing some nice recruiting wrapups of every team in the Pac-10 and while he wasn’t up to UW yet when I posted this, sure he will be soon.
— Here’s a story on the Sean Parker’s decision from his local newspaper, though I’d note that Melvin Davis did not sign an LOI with UW and apparently is expected to head to a JC, despite what the story says.
— For those keeping tabs on V.J. Fehoko, he signed with Utah.
— The AP had this story on Isaiah Thomas’ joking tweets about playing football for the Huskies.
Jim Moore, as you might expect, has his own take on UW’s signing day.
All for now.

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