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January 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Sunday night notes — Reviewing recruiting timelines

Now that Arik Armstead has made his decision, it’s time to look at a few of the rest of UW’s top targets and their timelines. First, a reminder that it’s now a dead period, meaning coaches cannot have any in-person contact with recruits, and that signing day is Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. …

— The big news tomorrow will revolve around Lakes High OT Zach Banner, who will announce his decision at a ceremony at the school at 2:30 p.m. The majority of recruiting analysts think he’ll say he’s headed to USC, but as has been shown time and again, you never know until the player says it himself. Banner is the last uncommitted in-state player with an offer from UW that is still thought considering UW.

— Obviously, all the players now have about 60 hours or so to make a decision, and another key target whose call could come at any moment is Shane Brostek, an OL from Kamuela, Hawaii and the son of former Husky Bern Brostek. He visited Hawaii this weekend but is thought deciding from either UW or Oregon.

— Cornerback Brandon Beaver of Dominguez High in Compton, Calif., has long been thought favoring UW. But he visited Cal this weekend and told ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins that Cal has “a lot of plusses” and that he is giving them “a hard look.” He is scheduled to make his decision public on signing day at 3 p.m. on a show on Fox Sports West.

— We wrote this here earlier, but it’s been reported in several places that safety Shaq Thompson of Grant High in Sacramento took an unofficial visit to UW this weekend, apparently to take one last look at Washington — he took his official in September the weekend of the Cal game. He has not set a scheduled time to announce so that could happen at any time, apparently, and most seem to think it’s down to UW or Cal, though some also think Oregon’s chances improved with Armstead’s decision. But most recruiting analysts say he’s a really hard one to read right now.

— WR Jordan Payton was also reported by RealDawg.com to have taken an unofficial visit to UW this weekend along with Thompson, after having taken an official last weekend. He’s also scheduled to announce on signing day on the same show as Beaver.

— Also reported to have taken an official visit to UW this weekend was running back Kenny Walker of Richmond, Calif. He earlier committed to Cal but has reopened things and obviously is seriously considering UW to take a visit at this late date.

— Some also think UW remains in the hunt for DL Pio Vatuvei of Patterson, Calif., who earlier committed to USC but has been considering his options of late and recently met with some of the new Husky coaches.

— WR Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey High in Los Angeles is down to Oklahoma State and UW and is scheduled to make his announcement on Tuesday. Most think OSU is in the lead but again, surprises are the norm this time of year.

— The Huskies are also said to be one of three finalists for WR/DB Randall Goforth of Long Beach Poly. He’s scheduled to make his decision on signing day on the same show as Beaver and Payton. He earlier committed to Arizona State, which is probably still the leader, and is also considering UCLA.

— DE Dylan Cozens of Scottsdale, Ariz., is said down to Arizona (the apparent leader) and UW and will also announce on signing day.

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