The dust has just about cleared from the storm of signing day, 2011, and the rankings just about set in stone (how’s that for lots of clumsy metaphor usage?)
All that’s left for UW is the longshot chance that QB Jacoby Brissett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., becomes a Husky, which would obvioulsy provide a nice little boost to the Class of 2011. He’s supposed to announce at his basketball game tomorrow night, with the Twitterverse suddenly percolating with rumors that he may go to Florida. Miami is the other presumed favorite, with Wisconsin following after that and then Washington.
I ran some of the following chart on the blog last week, and most of it in the paper the other day. But maybe it’s worth bringing out here again as a final comparison of the ranking of this year’s class with that of others since 2002 (the year when there are first available rankings for both major recruiting services):
2010 — Scout 11, Rivals 28. Comment: Obviously way too early to judge Steve Sarkisian’s first full class, but some promising early returns in the likes of OLs Erik Kohler and Colin Porter, DE Hau’oli Jamora, RB Jesse Callier and safeties Sean Parker and Taz Stevenson, among others.
2009 — Scout 66, Rivals 68. Comment: An unusually small class as Sarkisian had just two months to put it together after replacing the fired Tyrone Willingham (and because UW simply didn’t have many available scholarships). Four JC recruits never enrolled or played. S Nate Fellner, DL Semisi Tokolahi early standouts and QB Keith Price also part of this group. (And as a reader pointed out, Desmond Trufant part of this class as well).
2008 — Scout 14, Rivals 24. Comment: Willingham’s last full class also his best, highlighted by getting most of key in-state recruits such as WR Jermaine Kearse, OL Senio Kelemte and DLs Alameda Ta’amu and Everrette Thompson, as well as stealing Chris Polk away from USC late. Class appears on track to live up to its billing.
2007 — Scout 29, Rivals 36. Comment: Four four-star players by Scout.com highlighted this class. But all are already gone, most after minimal contribution on field — TE Chris Izbicki, CB Vonzell McDowell, RB Brandon Johnson, WR Anthony Boyles. One underrated gem was two-star LB Mason Foster.
2006 — Scout 35, Rivals 35. Comment: Willingham’s first full class highlighted by Jake Locker and Donald Butler. But there were too many misses on JCs, and Willingham couldn’t reel in in-state products Taylor Mays and Stephen Schilling.
2005 — Scout 55, Rivals 66. Comment: Small class hastily put together after Willingham took over less than two months before signing day yielded predictable results. J.R. Hasty gave the rating a boost with a late commitment but didn’t pan out on field. One gem in the class — three-star DL Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.
2004 — Scout 22, Rivals 19. Comment: Keith Gilbertson’s lone full class undone by highly-rated players who never enrolled, notably QB Matt Tuiasosopo (signed with Mariners) and Keauntea Bankhead (academic issues).
2003 — Scout 18, Rivals 23. Comment: Rick Neuheisel’s last full class had six players given four stars or higher (by Scout.com) but none ever reached All-Pac-10 status. Only one who did was two-star safety C.J. Wallace.
2002 — Scout 23, Rivals 19. Comment: Class highlighted by seven players rated four stars or higher, but none ever attained All-Pac-10 status. QB Isaiah Stanback, RB Kenny James and a corner who later turned to hoops named Nate Robinson highlighted the class.