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November 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM

More from Biggins on recruiting

As noted in the links earlier today, my story for today’s paper led off with some thoughts from ESPN.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins on UW’s 2011 recruiting class.
As is always the case, there’s more than can fit into the story, so I thought I’d pass some of that along now.
By way of reference, however, here is the list of UW’s 18 commits from Scout.com.
— As noted in the story, Biggins said he did not think UW’s recent losing is having any real impact on its recruiting efforts. “It doesn’t seem like what you do on the field ever is that big of a deal,” he said. “Obviously, a school like Oregon is going to benefit because they are rolling. But you talk to kids, and I do every day, and they say Washington is on the rise and that once they get more talent like themselves that they will turn it around. would it help if they were doing better? I think it would. But at same time, I don’t know if it is necessarily going to hurt that they aren’t. (The coaches) can always spin it and say ‘if we had you, you would be starting right now,’ that whole thing. I still think they are going to finish pretty well. I don’t think it’s going to be a huge impact as much as people might think.”
— Biggins said he has not heard of any of UW’s commits reconsidering other than RB Brendon Bigelow, who has been thought to be reconsidering for months, something separate of how UW is performing on the field. Bigelow committed last winter when UW was his first offer and since has gotten others. Bigelow said that “I think most people feel he is going to be tough to keep and will probably end up at Cal,” he said. He said Oregon is also in the picture but that “everyone you talk to at that high school says Cal, Cal, Cal.”
— He said of uncommitted players UW is pursuing, none are necessarily thought close to committing to the Huskies at the moment. He said Auburn High OL Danny Shelton would be the uncommitted player most likely to eventually end up a Husky, though obviously others will as UW has 18 commits and seems sure to sign at least 25 or so. By the way, Scout.com had a story on Shelton today in which he said he still considers UW his favorite over Oregon and that he will attend the UCLA game on an unofficial visit. However, he plans to take all of his official visits before making a decision, so any announcement seems a while away yet.
— Biggins said UW “has a great chance” at Shelton and that he would be a “high-impact guy” on the line. Biggins says he sees Shelton as a defensive tackle who could make an immediate impact.
— Biggins noted that UW is “still going after a lot of high-impact guys” in the Southern California but that “I’m not sure if they are going to land those guys, but not sure they were going to land them anyway as they are LA guys that were going to end up USC or UCLA regardless.”
— He said he thinks UW has helped itself with the linemen it has gotten so far, noting specifically Maatua Brown and Connor Cree, the latter a DE from Skyline. He said Cree “is very underrated.” Biggins said he saw Cree at a camp this summer and that “he’s a very strong athlete” who could help quickly.
— He said of Brown that “he’s a versatile kid who can play either side.” While there have been rumblings of academic issues with Brown, Biggins says that “I think the people at his school are confident he will make it.”
— And he said a really intriguing commit for UW is Aubrey Coleman of Walnut, Calif., who has been putting up big numbers as a receiver. Coleman is Listed at 6-6, 215 and Biggins said he “can envision him putting on 40 pounds of muscle and putting him on the edge at defensive end” which is why he’s listed as a DE by the recruiting services.

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