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December 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

A few more recruiting thoughts from Adam Gorney

One of the recruiting experts I spoke with for today’s story updating Washington’s recruiting efforts was Adam Gorney, the West Recruiting Analyst for Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com.

As is usually the case, there were some leftover quotes that didn’t make it into the story, so I thought I’d pass those along here.

Overall thoughts on UW’s class to date: “The first thing that really stands out is the two quarterbacks. A lot of people have thought and said the whole time that there is no way (Jeff) Lindquist and (Cyler) Miles are going to end up in this class, but I think they are. I think they both want to go to Washington and play for (UW coach Steve Sarkisian) and they are both different guys, so obviously someone has to be the starter and the backup down the road, but I think they are both confident enough they can get that starting job. So that’s the first thing that stands out, getting two four-star quarterbacks in the class is outstanding. That kind of locks up a key position for a lot of years. And then they’ve got a lot of guys that are three stars, maybe puishing to four stars, like (receiver) Kendyl Taylor — I really liked him when I saw him. He could be a running back or a slot receiver — he’s salmost guaranteed 7-8 yards every time he catches the ball because of his speed. And there are just a lot of guys that are kind of guys that they could plug into certain areas. (Tairen) Owens is a really fast running back from Pasadena who kind of never went on the camp tour so you never really saw him a lot, but he’s great. (RB) Erich Wilson is guy who was committed to Colorado but flipped. And then those bookend defensive ends they got, Malcolm Jackson and Cory Littleton. So there are a lot of pieces here. I don’t think there any guys that are immediate superstar kind of guys, but lots of guys that could definitely get on the field soon and fit what Washington wants to do — real speed guys and could really work out down the road.”

On if anything has changed about UW’s recruiting approach this year: “It’s the same kind of approach. Last year’s recruiting class was a little different because they did wrap up those guys early (like) Austin Seferian-Jenkins and (Kasen Williams). Last year’s class was ‘we are going to go in-state really, really hard, get all the best guys, wrap them up and then look elsewhere.’ Where this year it’s ‘we are going to get all the guys we want from California and elsewhere and then wait on the guys from Washington’ just because they are not ready to make their decisions. … all those guys, it was a little different (last year) in the sense that a lot of those (in-state) guys were wrapped up or at least leaning that way early on where this year with (Josh) Garnett and (Zach) Banner especially, even (KeiVarae) Russell, they are going to wait a little bit longer. So I think Sark and his people are going after the same kind of player — they like that athletic, kind of long-strider guy who kind of looks much more like an athlete than a football player. But it’s just a different kind of tact this year in a sense in that they have to wait on Washignton kids a little bit more because they are not ready to make their decisions.”

On how things might change with Mike Leach at Washington State: “I don’t think Mike Leach is going to get the guys that Sarkisian is going after, at least in this class. But it was almost like before that Washington State was a stepchild and Washington got their players and WSU picked up the pieces. Now, it seems like Mike Leach is not goinig to take a back seat anymore. I’ve been told he wants to go after Banner and Garnett and Russell just to make kind of a statement that they are in the state, too, and want to be recruiting hard. And with his resume and his reputation it might be at least a little bit of a challenge now for Sark, where in the past he got whoever he wanted. He got Bishop Sankey to switch last year at the end without much of a problem and all those kinds of things, where now it might be a little bit different.”

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