Letter-of-intent day doesn’t necessarily mean that college football coaches get a break from recruiting. It just signals the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.
Now that the players for the Class of 2011 are signed, sealed (though still waiting to be delivered in a few months), coaches begin fully the task of putting together the Class of 2012.
The reality is that coaches are always working on multiple classes at once — visit a school for a 2011 prospect and maybe there’s a 2012 prospect there as well, that sort of thing.
But obviously, the focus now shifts more concretely to 2012. In terms of the recruiting calendar, teams are now in what is a “quiet period” through April 14, when the only in-person contact can come on a college campus — meaning players can take unofficial visits and meet with coaches there, but players can’t go to high schools and meet with players there. Phone contact is also allowed.
What teams mostly do right now is review film and conduct other forms of research on players to begin laying the groundwork for the spring visitation period — which runs from April 15-May 31 — when assistant coaches (but not head coaches due to the so-called “Saban Rule”) . That’s generally when recruiting for the following year’s class really picks up.
But there’s nothing to prevent offers from being made and accepted earlier, and even in the last week there have been a handful of commitments around the country.
UW, however, does not yet have a commitment for 2012.
It’s also hard to figure at the moment exactly how many scholarships UW will have to award. The Huskies could have as few as 15 seniors next season. But so much can and likely will happen between now and next February that more spots are sure to open up. I’d imagine they go into it with a plan to sign 20-22 or so, at least, and assume it will all work out, with the ability to adjust later if needed.
The two major recruiting sites, Scout.com and Rivals.com, list the Huskies having already offered at least 26 players.
QB/CB/athlete Cedric Dozier, 5-11, 175, Lakewood, Wash. (Lakes)
QB Jeff Lindquist, 6-3, 225, Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island)
RB KeiVarae Russell, 6-foot, 170, Everett (Mariner)
RB Byron Marshall, 5-10, 195, San Jose (Valley Christian Schools)
RB Kenny Walker, 6-1, 175, Richmond, Calif. (Kennedy)
WR Michael Rector, 6-1, 170, Tacoma (Bellarmine Prep)
WR Richard Smith, 5-8, 160, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)
WR Bryce Treggs, 5-10, 157, Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco)
WR Derrick Woods, 6-1, 180, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood)
WR Darius Powe, 6-2, 186, Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood)
OL Zach Banner, 6-9, 310, Lakewood (Lakes)
OL Josh Garnett, 6-5, 275, Puyallup (Puyallup)
OL Andrus Peat, 6-6, 270, Tempe (Coronda Del Sol)
OL Jordan Simmons, 6-5, 295, Encino, Calif. (Crespi)
OL Lacy Westbrook, 6-5, 300, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)
DL Alex Balducci, 6-4, 262, Portland (Central Catholic)
DL Damion Turpin, 6-3, 225, Compton (Dominguez)
DL Arik Armstead, 6-8, 280, Elk Grove, Calif. (Pleasant Grove)
DL Aziz Shittu, 6-2, 280, Atwater, Calif. (Buhach Colony)
LB Michael Barton, 6-1, 200, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)
LB C.J. Dozier, 6-2, 195, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral)
LB Moana Ofahengaue, 6-4, 200, Saratoga Springs, Utah
DB Ishmael Adams, 5-9, 165, Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)
DB Brandon Beaver, 6-1, 176, Compton (Dominguez)
CB Kevon Seymour, 6-foot, 170, Pasadena (Muir)
Athlete Kendyl Taylor, 5-10, 180, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)
As you can see, there are six in-state prospects on that list, all of which are three-star recruits or better by Scout.com. So merely duplicating the success the Huskies had in 2011 in snaring almost all of the top recruits in the state (including all five Seattle Times Blue Chippers) would go a long way toward making recruiting analysts look favorable on this class.
And with UW getting just two OLs in the Class of 2011, that position will be of particular importance, and as you can see, the Huskies to five offensive linemen, including key in-state targets Banner and Garnett.