We’ll start with a link to the ESPN.com story on the commitment today of defensive end/OLB Jeremy Castro of Vista Murrieta High in Murrieta, Calif.
The story quotes Castro as saying:
“I just committed this morning,” Castro said. “I’m very excited to be a Dawg and glad to have this behind me. Coach [Demetrice] Martin was the one recruiting me and we have a great relationship. I like the direction the program is going and I really feel Washington has everything in place to win a championship.
“Oregon was leading early on for me but I started to feel more comfortable with Washington and felt like it was a better fit for me. I had some concerns about Oregon, it seems like they could be getting in trouble soon and honestly, they haven’t been recruiting me very hard and haven’t been returning my calls The UW coaches talk to me all the time and made me feel like a priority and that meant a lot to me as well.”
Obviously, maybe the most tangible evidence yet of how the controversy swirling around Oregon could impact the Ducks’ recruiting and help others in the Pac-12.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— UW athletic director Scott Woodward was on KJR-AM this morning and explained that the scheduling moves announced on Monday were instigated because Nevada needed to get out of its 2012 game here (apparently because that is the first year it is moving into the Mountain West Conference and has to change its schedule a bit as a result). Woodward said it then worked to move the LSU game to that date in 2012 (to Sept. 8 from Sept. 29) after getting a commitment that it will be televised on ESPN and played at night, which Woodward said he prefers instead of the heat of a day game. UW then scheduled San Diego State to open the 2012 season replacing Nevada, which was moved to 2018.
— UW DT Alameda Ta’amu is among the “select” group of 125 named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award.
— Athlon’s ranks the coaching jobs in the Pac-12 and has UW fourth behind USC, Oregon and UCLA.
— Jon Wilner has items on Oregon and Tate Forcier’s future in his latest action/reaction column.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller puts UW in the “good shape” category at defensive end.
— Mason Kelley has a list of the Washington prep players that will attend Football University’s TOP GUN camp.
— Here’s an account of Mike Bellotti’s interview on the Oregon situation today.
All for now.