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February 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Comparing class ratings, and a few other notes

Time to clean up a few loose ends from signing day. …

— Washington’s recruiting rankings by the two major sites — Scout.com and Rivals.com — don’t figure to change now.

So it’s time to look at where this year’s ratings compare with those of the past.

Here’s a breakdown below dating to 2002, the first year that is included in the datebase for each:

2012 — Scout 22, Rivals 20
2011 — Scout 22, Rivals 23
2010 — Scout 11, Rivals 28
2009 — Scout 66, Rivals 68
2008 — Scout 14, Rivals 24
2007 — Scout 29, Rivals 36
2006 — Scout 35, Rivals 35
2005 — Scout 55, Rivals 66
2004 — Scout 22, Rivals 19
2003 — Scout 18, Rivals 23
2002 — Scout 23, Rivals 19

As you can see, this year’s class is pretty much right on the average. The two lowest-rated classes on that list are the two years when UW fired a coach in-season. Tyrone Willingham’s first two full classes (2006, 2007) also ranked a little lower than the usual (2006 is when he went heavy on bringing in JC kids, a number of whom didn’t make it in).

Otherwise, UW this year is about where it usually has been — the 2002 and 2003 classes are the last two for Rick Neuheisel, 2004 is the only full class for Keith Gilbertson, and as you can see Willingham had one class that remains the second-highest on this list by Scout.com in 2008 (Jermaine Kearse, Kavario Middleton, etc.).

What also barely needs repeating is that signing classes that have been pretty consistently ranked at least on the periphery of the Top 25, if not in it, hasn’t resulted in finishing in the Top 25 on the field — Washington hasn’t finished a season ranked during the tenures of any of the classes listed above. So in a lot of ways, the hard work really begins now, turning these classes into Top 25-type teams on the field.

As for where this year’s class ranks all time, the two generally considered the highest-rated groups of the last two decades are 2002, the Reggie Williams-Charles Frederick class that was No. 5 by Rivals; and 1991 (Napoleon Kaufman, Damon Huard, Mark Breuner, etc.) rated No. 4 by SuperPrep.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— The Denver Post has the details on Cyler Miles’ recent hip surgery.

— There had been some talk about the Huskies being interested in JC cornerback Ronald Fields, who is a cousin of Shaq Thompson. But he signed with Hawaii.

— Here’s some video of Pio Vatuvei’s signing ceremony.

— A little story on Dwayne Washington’s signing.

— The San Jose Mercury News reports Cleveland Wallace changed his mind in part because he didn’t now who his position coach would be at Oregon State.

— The Long Beach Press-Telegram breaks down what happened to all of its local players, including Brandon Beaver.

Adam Gorney of Rivals.com breaks down each of the Pac-12’s classes.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with good stuff on what happened to Cal’s class following the departure of Tosh Lupoi (Lupoi and the other new UW assistants are scheduled to be made available to the media for the first time next week).

Lisa Horne of FoxSports.com writes about the importance of evaluation and talent development in college football.

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