First, there’s this story out of USC tonight that’s hard to ignore, that the Trojans have apparently offered and accepted a commitment from a 13-year old QB. And one thing for UW fans to remember before casting huge stones at this is that the QB coach quoted, Steve Clarkson, was also the QB coach for Steve Sarkisian way back when, Nick Montana now, and has also worked with Jake Locker — Locker has worked at Clarkson’s camps the last two years and said at his press conference last month he planned to go there again this summer.
But I guess this means USC has the early lead on the rest of the Pac-10 in the rankings for the Class of 2015.
Now, on to some UW notes.
Specifically, now that we know how many new Huskies there are, time to count them up and see what we have.
This won’t be, however, the exhaustive look at each class by player — I’ll save that for later (in part because this has been a long week).
But here are the raw scholarship numbers by class as best I can discern them:
Comment: This is nowhere near a solid number. It could be as high as 16 depending on if they give scholarships again to the same walk-ons they did a year ago (namely, Greg Christine and Brandon Huppert) and if E.J. Savannah comes back. And this number doesn’t count Jake Locker, who will be a non-scholarship player next year.
Comment: Lots of names that it almost seems weird to think their careers are half over, such as Kavario Middleton and Johri Fogerson. As you look through this list, you definitely see where there could be some attrition in the next year, which would add to some more numbers for the 2011 recruiting class.
Comment: A small group of sophomores due to the small group of freshman that played last year, and the large group of freshman that played in 2008 (and are now juniors). On paper right now, this looks like a small group for the Class of 2013 — but so much can happen between now and then that it’ll likely work itself out to have a full class then if desired.
Comment: This includes 29 of the 30 who signed yesterday — I’m assuming John Timu enrolls late, as planned, and ends up in the Class of 2011 — as well as the six redshirts from last season
Comment: Assuming I’ve done this right, the Huskies are two over the 85-man limit. But stuff usually happens and guys usually leave, and it would only be normal to assume enough attrition to get to the limit by the time classes start in late September, which is when it actually matters.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Talked to a couple of people about James Atoe, and it seems more and more clear that UW really wanted him, they just didn’t want anyone to know about him. UW figured that the minute it offered a scholarship, everybody would know about him and then a battle would ensue. So UW tried to keep it quiet, sneaking him in for a visit on the last weekend and not offering until after that so no one else had a chance to talk to him and look at his films. Word is UW would have at least offered a scholarship as a gray shirt if some of the other spots had filled up with some of the more high-profile recruits for which they were still in the running. So sounds like they definitely were really intrigued by him all the time and intended to sign him, just didn’t want to have to battle for him, especially considering he’s from Oregon and more in UO or WSU territory than UW’s.
— Reminder that news on E.J. Savannah could come tomorrow. If it doesn’t come tomorrow, then it will be another week or so as the committee that decides this stuff only meets once a week or so.
— Here’s Ted Miller’s wrapup of UW’s recruiting class.
— Here’s a good column on Mark Brunell, the lone Husky in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
All for now.