As might be expected, recruiting news dominates. …
— Though first, we’ll pass along a Tweet from ESPN’s Joe Schad that Nick Montana will play next year at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Mt. SAC went 11-2 last season and advanced to the state title game, so that should be a good next step for Montana to get a year of experience and then head to a four-year school from there, as was his stated goal.
— Lakes High has sent out an official press release that Zach Banner will announce his college decision Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the school. The press release says that Cedric Dozier “may also make an official announcement” during that same press conference. Dozier will take an official visit to UW this weekend after the Huskies changed course and began recruiting him as a receiver, apparently because Michael Rector is now expected to sign with Stanford.
— QB Cyler Miles of Mullen High in Denver was on KJR-AM today with Dave “Softy” Mahler (podcast here) and gave an update on his recruitment. He said Doug Nussmeier’s departure “shook things up” and that USC began calling as a result — he is expected to have home visits with both schools on Saturday. But he said that “as of right now, I’m 100 percent committed and solid on UW.”’ Asked to elaborate on that, if there was any chance he could still change, he said “I don’t think so. I’m about 99 percent sure that it won’t change. I don’t think there is anything to worry about, but I’m not psychic. I can’t tell you something drastic won’t happen. But for the most part I’m pretty solid.”
— Cornerback Brandon Beaver of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif., told Scout.com today that he remains undecided and won’t announce until Signing Day. He will visit Cal this weekend.
— Lots of really interesting stuff on the Twitter feed of Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee, who is covering the recruiting of two high schools from that area — DB Shaq Thompson and DL Arik Armstead. Among other items, Davidson notes that both Cal and UW are visiting Armstead today, but UW is doing so at a hotel. He also says that the two coaching staffs will avoid across paths due to “some bad blood brewing there” for all the obvious reasons.
— Also lots of good stuff from Rivals.com West Coast recruiting analyst Adam Gorney in his live chat today.
Here are a few excerpts of what he said about a few of the key players UW is recruiting:
Q: where do the top recruits in the west left on the board look to be headed…(Arik) Armstead, (Shaq) Thompson, (Josh) garnett, (Zach) Banner, (Aziz) Shittu
Adam Gorney: It’s still tough to tell with Armstead and Thompson. I don’t think they even have an idea of what’s going on. Washington, Oregon, Cal, Auburn are all involved with Armstead I believe and Thompson has Washington, Oregon and he’s committed to Cal and might still visit UCLA. With Garnett, I think he picks Stanford today. Banner is too hard to judge and I believe Shittu stays in Northern California either at Cal or Stanford unless he’s blown away by UCLA this weekend.
Q: Adam, what are the chances that Sark can pull Thompson up to UW in your opinion? How about Armstead?
Adam Gorney: I actually think there is a very good chance. With two former Cal coaches there, plus he would like to play again with James Sample and he loved his visit there. It’s so hard to tell with Thompson though because he’s always all over the place.
Q: Does Cal recover from losing two of their top coaches…looked like a lot of initial panic but it seems to have settled down now…
Adam Gorney: I wouldn’t say anything has settled yet. Treggs is visiting USC today and tomorrow, Walker is looking at UCLA and Washington, Payton loved his Washington visit, Thompson could be looking around, McCarthy left. I think there is still a lot of flux with that class and it will ride through signing day.
Q: What’s the latest on Devian Shelton?
Adam Gorney: Shelton has shut it down recently and hasn’t answered his phone in days. I get the sense Washington definitely left an impression on him and he could visit Tennessee this weekend. With Keith Heyward leaving Oregon State for Washington I think that’s a big thing. He’s still committed but things could change. I just have no way of knowing right now.
Q: Is there a real shot at Cyler Miles jetting for USC?
Adam Gorney: I get the sense that it’s still unlikely. I know Doug Nussmeier leaving Washington for Alabama has played an influence but Miles has a chance to really play very early at Washington. I don’t think the same could be said at USC. There is a draw and USC still has an in-home but I believe he sticks with Washington
Q: With all the new hires at the UW. I know the impact will most likely be felt next year and beyond. Do you think they have a chance to make a impact this year?
Adam Gorney: Absolutely. They could get Payton, Walker, maybe even Thompson, maybe even Cedric Dozier. They are making an immediate impact, but yes, I think you’re right. I think Lupoi, Kiesau and that staff at Washington will make its biggest impact in 2013, 2014 and beyond.
Q: In your opinion, what is the percentage chance that UW lands Banner? Beaver? Shaq Thompson? Jordan Payton? (Shane) Brostek?
Adam Gorney: I think the chances are slim Washington gets all of them. Beaver is a definite possibility and I believe Payton is as well. Not sure about Brostek and Thompson is way too tough to tell. My prediction for Banner is USC but it’s still tough to judge.
Q: Your feeling towards Banner, Think he will stay in-state at the UW?
Adam Gorney: No, my guess on Banner is that he goes to USC.
Q: How do you think UW’s class will end up? Do you think there will be any surprises?
Adam Gorney: Keep an eye on Jordan Payton and Cedric Dozier. Shaq Thompson is without question still in the mix as well.
— This is an ESPN Insider piece, but its seven recruiting analysts, including Greg Biggins, make picks on some of the top undecided players. Six of seven pick Banner to go to USC with one — Damon Sayles — saying he’s heading to UW. Six of seven pick Beaver to sign with UW, with one — Corey Long — saying Cal.
— The New York Times reports Chris Polk as one of the players whose stock has fallen at the Senior Bowl.