Looking at the numbers, and a few other notes for a Friday morning. …
An obvious question following signing day is how the numbers now check out for UW. The breakdown below is largely copy and pasted from a post a few weeks ago since most of it still applies.
Here are the basic numbers:
— UW had 82 players listed as being on scholarship on its official Alamo Bowl roster;
— Of those, 14 were seniors with no eligibility left. Also, Greg Walker and Luther Leonard, listed as juniors, decided to give up their last year of eligibility and won’t return. Chris Polk has declared for the NFL Draft and Nick Montana has transferred. So that’s 18 spots sure to open;
— Of the returning scholarship players, three are former walk-ons, who may or may not have scholarships in the future, as those scholarships are awarded on a single-year basis — FB Jonathan Amosa, RB Cole Sager and WR/holder William Chandler.
— And in January, UW officially added receiver Marvin Hall and cornerback/athlete Antavius Sims to the roster.
— So if I’ve calculated right, that’s 63 scholarship players currently on the roster. Schools are limited to 85 once a school year starts. Read literally. that has UW at 88 after signing 25 on Wednesday. UW coach Steve Sarkisian, however, said one incoming frosh is likely to grayshirt — DE Kalei Auelua, who has a knee injury. So that would have UW at 87, potentially.
But as is noted here often, a lot can happen between now and next September when school starts — and when the 85-man limit actually matters — and coaches generally assume there will be some attrition along the way. They almost certainly know about a few things that could/will happen that we don’t that will make it all work out — UW has been under the number enough each of the last few years to have a handful of scholarships to hand out to walk-ons before camp. And it’s worth repeating that the 85-man limit applies to players in school, so being over that number in February doesn’t matter — it’s the scholarships you are paying for once school begins. So given all of that, UW doesn’t figure to have real issues with the numbers.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
UW also is pursuing QB Max Browne of Skyline, who will be the marquee recruit for the state of Washington in 2013. Given the numbers, UW seems likely to take just one true QB for the Class of 2013. But it’s also common to have more than one offer out early on. QBs tend to commit earlier than other positions since many schools usually get only one per class. Three of the four QBs UW has signed under Sarkisian initially committed prior to the end of their junior year of high school — Nick Montana. Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist. So an early call from some of the QBs on UW’s list in 2013 won’t be a surprise.
— Browne is mentioned by ESPN.com as one of the elite recruits for 2013.
— Some interesting thoughts from recruiting analyst Tom Lemming on UW’s QB signees.
— DraftInsider.net says Polk’s NFL stock is tumbling.
— One reason USC may have gotten real interested in Miles at the end? There’s a chance backup Jesse Scroggins will be academically ineligible.