First off, we’ll have a live chat today at noon here on the football blog.
Today starts a dead period that leads into letter-of-intent signing day on Wednesday, meaning all the coaches can do now is mostly sit and wait (they can answer phone calls from recruits but can’t initiate any contact, essentially).
So the Huskies, like every team, will hope to hang on to what they’ve got and maybe get a little more, as well.
The obvious prize still out there is QB Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Nothing new on that front this morning but there could be at some point today as it is expected he will narrow his list (which could be bad news for UW since the thought is that he is favoring Miami and leaning toward staying closer to home).
The next-highest rated player publicly still considering UW is Patrick Onwuasor, a safety/receiver from Inglewood, who never visited Washington but said recently the Huskies remain in his top five.
Also still out there is LB Leilon Willingham of Denver, who lists UW in his top five and visited in October. (The sites list a few other guys, such as Cody Kurz, as uncommitted and with offers from UW. But there hasn’t been much late serious buzz about too many others).
Publicly, anyway, just about anything else at this moment would be a surprise. UW has 26 official commits in a class rated by Scout.com No. 11 in the country right now (and third in the Pac-10 behind USC and Oregon), though it’s probably more accurate to call it 24 with JC LB Thomas Tutogi already in and enrolled, and lineman Maataua Brown apparently not going to qualify and possibly not signing. (Rivals.com continues to have UW’s class rated a little lower, at No. 22 overall and fifth in the Pac-10).
Obviously, surprises are always likely, but recall that the two remembered “surprises” of last year — Sean Parker and James Atoe — each took official visits in the couple weeks leading into signing day and by this point, were well-documented to be interested in, or heading, to UW. There haven’t been any similar cases this year that have surfaced.
But you obviously never know. Some recruiting analysts say to be ready for an LOI day that could yield its share of unexpected developments.
One that has already surfaced is the surprising news of last night that DeAnthony Thomas, a longtime USC commit regarded by some as the No. 1 cornerback in the country — if not the top overall prospect — visited Oregon and may be switching his commitment to the Ducks.
The only player of UW’s list really thought to possibly be wavering is lineman Stephan Nembot, who visited Colorado over the weekend.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller wraps up the weekend in recruiting for the Pac-10.
— Jon Wilner with some random thoughts on college football and the Pac-10.
— The Orange County Register looks at 15 top players and predicts where each will go.
All for now.