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January 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Recruiting rewind

With letter-of-intent day now just nine days away — Feb. 1, to be exact — time to review again where UW is and what may be coming next:

THE SCHEDULE

Recruiting is in a full contact period through Saturday, so expect lots of news of in-home visits by coaches, and players making official visits for one last time this weekend.

Sunday is a quiet period and then it’s officially a dead period from Monday-Thursday, with players allowed to sign letters for the first time on Wednesday.

UW currently has two players scheduled for visits this weekend, according to Scout.com — guard Dejon Allen of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif., and defensive tackle Calvin Thomas of Hamilton High in Chandler, Ariz. But that’s a group and number that could change.

WHO IS IN THE BOAT?

All of the major sites list UW with 19 public commits. Here’s the list:

FB Psalm Wooching, 6-3, 205, Kailua Kona, Hawaii (Kaleakehe)
DE Damion Turpin, 6-3, 255, Compton, Calif. (Dominquez)
OL/C Cory English, 6-4, 285, Auburn
DT Josh Banks, 6-3, 285, Stockton, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta JC)
DE Cory Littleon, 6-4, 220, Spring Valley, Calif. (Mount Miguel)
MLB Ryan McDaniel, 6-2, 220, Torrance, Calif. (North)
RB Erich Wilson, 6-1, 185, San Mateo, Calif. (Serra)
S Jason Thompson, 6-2, 205, Burien (Kennedy)
DE Kalei Auelua, 6-1.5, 240, Honolulu (St. Louis)
P Korey Durkee, 6-4, 195, Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor)
WR Kendyl Taylor, 6-foot, 175, Chandler, Az. (Hamilton)
MLB Blake Rodgers, 6-2, 220, Las Flores, Calif. (Tesoro)
WR Michael Rector, 6-foot, 170, Tacoma (Bellarmine Prep)
DL Malcolm Jackson, 6-3, 255, Spring Valley. Calif. (Mount Miguel)
OT Nathan Dean, 6-5, 270, Kirkland (Juanita)
WR Dwayne Washington, 6-foot, 170, Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr)
QB Cyler Miles, 6-2, 220, Denver (Mullen)
CB Darien Washington, 5-11, 175 Orange, Calif., (Lutheran)
QB Jeff Lindquist, 6-3, 225, Mercer Island (Mercer Island)

It’s a group that this morning is rated No. 45 nationally and ninth in the Pac-12 by Scout.com, and also No. 45 nationally, but fifth in the Pac-12, by Rivals.com.

WHAT NOW?

While the rule is that only 25 players can be “initial” enrollees each year, that doesn’t mean schools can sign only 25 players to letters-of-intent — some can enroll early (such as the spring before) or late (the winter quarter of the following season) and count against either previous or future groups of initial enrollees. So it won’t be a surprise if UW signs a few more than 25.

Certainly, the Huskies still appear in the legitimate running for more players than just a 25-man total. So there could be lots of sorting out of the numbers as the days progress to signing day.

And in what is a growing trend around the country, it also seems like UW is still in the hunt for more uncommitted recruits this year than in lots of past seasons — the Huskies could be one of the real teams to watch on signing day, in fact, if guys such as cornerback Brandon Beaver of Dominquez High in Compton and offensive tackle Zach Banner of Lakes truly wait until signing day to make their official announcements.

Here’s a look at some of the key storylines as signing day approaches:

Banner: The five-star recruit and biological son of former Husky Lincoln Kennedy has narrowed his choices to UW, Oklahoma and USC. He visited USC over the weekend and said he is now done with visits, and will host in-home visits with coaches this week and will announce on signing day. For what it’s worth, every Rivals.com recruiting expert predicted Monday that Banner is headed to USC.

— QB Cyler Miles: A UW commit since June, he took a visit to USC over the weekend and told Scout.com this morning that while he is “not 50-50” he has some thinking to do and that he will decide from either UW or USC. Since UW has Lindquist solidly in the fold, it wouldn’t be perceived as a disaster if Miles goes elsewhere. But given some of the struggles to land some of the other top recruits on its board, the strength of this class has been perceived as the two quarterbacks.

— OL Jake Eldrenkamp: The Bellevue High lineman has visited UW and Washington State in the last two weeks, reportedly considering only those two schools.

— WR Jordan Payton: The four-star recruit was a Cal commit until the change in assistants in recent weeks. He visited UW over the weekend and from his Tweets and other reports, it sounded like it went well (though the reality is that few kids don’t like their trips anywhere) and some consider him now a heavy UW lean.

— S Shaq Thompson: The five-star safety from Sacramento’s Grant High committed to Cal along with Payton during the U.S. Army All-American Game, then reopened — like Payton — when UW hired away Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau. He’s been reported as seriously considering Oregon, Cal and UW. It was reported he was supposed to have an in-home with Chip Kelly last night but it was canceled when Kelly was maybe headed to Tampa Bay. A hard one to read right now.

— S Devian Shelton: The safety from Inglewood committed earlier to Oregon State, but reopened when DB coach Keith Heyward left for UW. He also will visit Tennessee next week. But Greg Biggins has reported that Shelton says he remains committed to Oregon State.

— CB/WR Cleveland Wallace: The DB/WR from San Jose is another Oregon State commit who reopened in the wake of Keyward’s departure, and he visited UW two weekends ago. But as with Shelton, Biggins reported today that Wallace is likely to remain with the Beavers.

— WR Randall Goforth: Goforth, from Long Beach Poly, was an Arizona State commit, but repoened in the wake of the coaching change there and visited UW two weekends ago. He took his official visit to ASU last weekend and gave it high marks and is scheduled for an official to UCLA this weekend.

—CB Brandon Beaver: Beaver is regarded as a heavy UW lean, but has said he will announce on signing day and is also reported to be potentially visiting Oklahoma this weekend.

— DB/RB Demariay Drew: From Livermore, Calif., he visited UW two weekends ago and has a trip set for Cal this weekend and is apparently down to those two schools for his decision.

That’s not everybody that remains on UW’s board, but those seem like the key players remaining who are most likely to commit to the Huskies.

Also, for those wondering about Chris Young, an Auburn High grad who signed with UW in 2010 but did not get qualified academically, there are various reports that he is now headed to Oregon State.

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