The news never stops this time of year. …
— It had been thought that Lakes High WR/DB Cedric Dozier would visit Washington this weekend after Husky coaches visited him during the week and said they would now recruit him as a receiver.
But Lakes High coach Dave Miller said tonight that Dozier did not make the trip, saying Dozier “‘decided UW was not the place for him.” Dozier will instead decide on Wednesday between WSU and Cal. Dozier had long been committed to Cal — which initially recruited him as a receiver, his preferred position — but reopened his recruiting after Bears receiver coach Eric Kiesau was hired at Washington.
Miller said Dozier likes the way he has been told he would be used in the offense of new WSU coach Mike Leach, and that despite the loss of Kiesau has had his heart set on going to Cal for months. So he has again ruled out UW, which means the Huskies will get at best two of the Seattle Times’ five Blue Chip picks for this year — Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist, and possibly Lakes High OT Zach Banner, who will announce his decision Monday afternoon.
— Also, for the Sunday paper I wrote this preview of what could happen on Sunday afternoon with Arik Armstead and what it might mean for the Huskies to get him. There’s no doubt that recruiting was a factor in the assistant coaching changes made, and getting Armstead would be the biggest and most tangible recruiting get that could be attributed almost solely to those changes. As Greg Biggins says in the story, UW wasn’t really a factor in the Armstead sweepstakes prior to the coaching changes, but zoomed into the list of finalists thanks largely to the efforts of Tosh Lupoi, who was recruiting him at Cal.
— Finally, here’s a good list from Pacific Takes of announcement dates and reported finalists for most of the key uncommitted recruits on the West Coast.