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January 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Saturday links and notes — Senior Bowl, recruiting and more

The general thought is that it’s not the Senior Bowl game that matters to NFL Scouts as much as the practices during the weeks, when they can see the players in a more controlled setting.

But the week of practices is now compete and the Senior Bowl kicks off today at 1 p.m. on the NFL Network (Channel 417 or 418 HD on Comcast in the Seattle area) featuring three Huskies — TB Chris Polk, OL Senio Kelemete and DT Alameda Ta’amu.

As is to be expected, there were some conflicting reports of how the UW trio performed during the week of practices. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com called Ta’amu a “disappointment,” while another analyst said he was “dominating” at times, and “invisible” at others.

Polk likewise drew some varying opinions, especially with some questioning his speed, but he said he hopes to use today’s game to show he’s ready for the NFL. The National Football Post says Polk needs a good performance today to build some momentum heading into the Combine.

Kelemete might have gotten the most consistent praise during the week, observers noting his ability to play guard as well as the tackle of the last two years, and generally being considered a third-fourth round pick.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— The Sacramento Bee wrote last night that Shaq Thompson is down to a final three schools, but won’t say which three those are and that he may wait until after signing day to make his decision. As the Bee reported earlier,

— As reported yesterday, Arik Armstead will announce his decision Sunday at 3 p.m., which will start to get the dominoes falling. Greg Biggins wrote today that “there is some buzz that Cal could be emerging as the potential team to beat” for Armstead. He also quoted Armstead’s father, Gus, as saying the final five are Auburn, Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington. Biggins also wrote that whichever school Armstead picks may have the inside track for Thompson, as well.

— A few UW targets are set to announce their decisions during a National Signing Day show on Fox Sports West. Those include Jordan Payton, Randal Goforth, Brandon Beaver and Kenny Lawler.

— A good assessment of where the Pac-12 stands in recruiting from Brandon Huffman of Scout.com and FOX Sports.

— A Scout.com analyst says Washington “will have great difficulty calling this class a success” (though that was surely written before the change in Cedric Dozier’s status and renewed high interest in UW).

— The Insight Bowl has lost its sponsor, if you’ve got a little extra cash sitting around always wanted to put your own name on a bowl.

— An Alabama writer becomes the latest to examine the meaning of recruiting rankings. Here’s my general take on that matter, which has been expressed lots of times elsewhere, as well — you probably aren’t winning a national title without a lot of four- and five-star players, but getting a lot of four- and five-star players is no guarantee of anything.

— Finally, if you really want to bet on the Senior Bowl, here’s a primer.

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