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February 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

A look at 2013 recruiting with Jake Worthen

There isn’t much rest for the weary when it comes to college football recruiting.

No sooner had the ink dried on the 2012 letters-of-intent than UW coaches began sending out offers for the Class of 2013 (truth be told, some offers had already gone out, but the real rush happened in the last few weeks since LOI day.)

Scout.com lists UW with 54 offers already out, if I counted out — here’s a list of all of UW’s known 2013 prospects from Scout.com.

Notable is that unlike last year, when there was so much emphasis on in-state recruiting, UW has just five reported offers out so far to Washington kids, indicative of what is a down year in the state. Those five are to Skyline QB Max Browne, Lakes High WR Sammie Long, Mead High TE/DE Danny Mattingly and Bellevue LBs Myles Jack and Sean Constantine.

UW also has what seems more-than-the-usual number of offers out to players from out of the area, such as three players from New Jersey. UW does not have any commits yet, however, though that isn’t uncommon this time of year, though some schools in other conferences, in particular, have quite a few (such as Michigan’s reported 12).

As I often like to do when it comes to recruiting, I turned to Jake Worthen, the West Recruiting Analyst for Fox Sports/Scout.com, to get some of his thoughts on UW’s recruiting efforts so far.

So here are some of Worthen’s thoughts:

On the Huskies branching out more nationally in early recruiting: “I would say it’s really the same plan of attack but they are really have added a couple of new spots. Most of their of their offers have still gone out to their traditional recruiting grounds of California, Arizona and Hawaii. But you have seen them reach out to about 15-20 elite-level guys nationally, offers go out to guys in Virginia, Georgia, Texas. New Jersey. They’ve offered three guys out of Illinois already. You kind of see they are reaching a little bigger in that sense.

“But I caution fans to say yet that Washington is a national program as far as recruiting goes, one because you have to start landing those guys. So right now you are seeing then land the elite guys and maybe out of those 15-20 offers I think Washington would be ecstatic to get one or two of those guys. It’s kind of that mentality when you are reaching to places all the way across the country.”

On how much of that is due to Justin Wilcox and Peter Sirmon having some ties to some players from their days at Tennessee: “Yeah, exactly. It’s guy they may have had relationships with and I think it’s positions that are really hard to find on the West Coast and I think it’s areas where you saw them dip guys they had offered late in the 2012 class where you saw Wilcox and Sirmon spend some time. They have offers to three defensive linemen from the state of New Jersey right now and that’s also an area that not only this year but traditionally is really weak on the West Coast so they’ve offered two defensive tackles and a defensive end out of New Jersey and they’ve offered two defensive ends out of Texas and a defensive end out of Georgia, so you are seeing them go for positions that are maybe a lot harder to find out West and obviously where Tennessee spent time recruiting, so I think you are seeing that.

“And I think some of the other reaches they have done are just really big names. Obviously Matt Rolin out of Virginia is someone that Sirmon was probably familiar with so they are trying to build off of what he did at Tennessee and bring him to Washington. … You are going to find out pretty quickly if they are in the mix and really I think you will see them reach for some kids and then they will make the determination when to move on. When you recruit nationally there comes a point where you have to realize we are either in on this kid or we are not and then at that point you need to come back and make offers kind of in your normal ground, so we will see how they handle that when maybe the next flood of offers comes out for Washington.”

On the class in the state of Washington this year: “There are some guys, but it is really a drastic difference. Last year was the best class I’ve ever seen in the state of Washington. This year is a below average class, so there is really a big drop. (Skyline quarterback) Max (Browne) is the big guy and right now USC and Alabama are the favorites I would put for him. That’s not something that he’s said but I think those are going to be the teams to beat for him. I think Washington at this point is trailing — they are not out of it but have a lot of work to do. You have seen them offer Sammie Long, a receiver out of Lakes High School, so we’ll see if they can get the pipeline kind of restored down there at Lakes. Bellevue is a place they have done a lot of recruiting this off-season. Myles Jack a linebacker has an offer. Sean Constantine, a middle linebacker who could play outside, he has an offer. A 2014 prospect, Budda Baker, a safety who is a really special athlete (has an offer). Danny Mattingly, out of Spokane-Mead, they were the first school to offer and that kind of triggered a flood of offers — Washington State, Utah, UCLA, Oregon State followed and he’s up to about a half-dozen Pac-12 offers and they were the first to offer. So those are going to be the big guys.

“There are some other names that are on the fringe of whether they are going to offer. Tatum Taylor, a running back/receiver out of O’Dea picked up an offer from Wazzu and I talked to him (earlier this week) and he felt like Washington was on the verge of offering him, so it will be interesting to see if they come through with this. Linemen this year is a really drastic difference — there isn’t a for-sure, guaranteed potential Pac-12 linemen in the state of Washington as of right now before the camp circuit and senior season there really isn’t anybody. So it’s really a drastic difference when last year I could have given you 15-20 names that were right on the edge of getting offered this year and it’s a different story this year.”

On differences so far due to the presence of Tosh Lupoi: “Yeah. I would definitely say there has been an emphasis in Northern California. I think when Washington fans are used to them recruiting California but traditionally that has been Los Angeles and this year you are seeing a huge influx of NorCal recruiting. Washington was already one of the bigger NorCal recruiters — Tyrone Willingham had ties there and Nick Holt had ties there, but this has even really increased it and you are seeing Lupoi ties into NorCal, the players he likes there and maybe making moves on them more quickly than they have in the past. So NorCal has really been an emphasis.”

On Pac-12 schools not having many commits yet compared to some national schools that have a lot: “I think you are going to see a trend where last year was maybe the worst where every kid wanted to wait and it seemed every kid was changing commitments — Washington fans went through that with Jordan Payton. But I think you are seeing a little bit of a reaction to that this year that you are going to see kids make decisions earlier and you are going to see coaching staffs put grips on kids maybe a little harder in saying ‘we want you to make a commitment and we don’t want you to take any visits.’ For a while it was kind of the style to let them take other visits and that was the way it was going, but I think you are seeing coaches react to the drama (of last year) and players react to it so nationally with schools like Texas and Michigan, you are seeing kids flying off the shelf to join. It hasn’t happened yet in the Pac-12 but if I had to guess I would think the process will get resolved a little earlier with some of those guys than it did with last year’s class.”

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