While waiting to see if UW makes the hiring of Eric Kiesau official today, here are a few links. …
— What could be the among the biggest recruiting impacts of the hiring of Kiesau is Cedric Dozier of Lakes, who had committed to Cal to play WR. 247Sports reports that Doizier “was floored” to hear Kiesau was leaving. And Jake Worthen of Scout.com also Tweeted that Dozier may now take a visit to UW. Lakes High coach Dave Miller had said that on Monday, as well, that he thought Dozier might be more receptive to UW now with Tosh Lupoi in the fold.
Miller said then of Dozier that: “I know he’s real excited about Cal, but he wasn’t real negative about Washington. He was close to taking a trip there before and that could still happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if he decided to open it up a little bit now that Tosh is not at Cal anymore.” Dozier said last night that he was still committed to Cal. But it sounds as if the news of Kiesau could make him more receptive to looking around.
— For those asking for more on Kiesau, here’s his Cal bio. Essentially, he’s worked at Cal under Jeff Tedford and Colorado under Dan Hawkins, so that’s the offenses he seems to know the best. There’s a lot of similarity in those offenses and in what UW does under Steve Sarkisian, which at times is so multiple as to defy easy description. Cal’s had some really good receivers during his time there, notably DeSean Jackson during his first tenure and Keenan Lewis and Marvin Jones this year. That Kiesau has worked with Justin Wilcox and Lupoi also is likely a big factor here.
— Adam Gorney of Rivals.com reports that another Cal commit who may consider UW now is WR/RB/DB Kenny Walker of Richmond, Calif. Gorney quotes Walker saying he now has some thinking to do and may consider UW and UCLA.
— Good stuff here from Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com on the recruiting challenges Cal now faces due to its loss of assistant coaches, and why the Bears struggled to match Washington’s offers.
— Speaking of Lupoi, pretty sure I’ve linked these before, but worth doing again — here’s Sherman’s feature on Lupoi’s background from last spring; and here’s the story from when Lupoi was suspended for the 2010 game against UW for his role in the “faking injuries” incident against Oregon.
— Ted Miller also writes about the hire of Kiesau.
— CBSSports.com reports there could be new, stiff penalties on the horizon for NCAA rulebreakers.
All for now.