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March 31, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Willingham’s recruits now down to a Fab Five

Given the news yesterday that Johri Fogerson is not on the roster and uncertain to be back in the fall — and seems like a good bet that he’s not at this point — a reader asked how many players remain from the Class of 2008.

That was Tyrone Willingham’s last class at UW and featured a number of notable players — Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse, Alameda Ta’amu, to name three pretty notable ones.

I actually broke down the class in a blog post last December.

As you can read in that link, UW signed 26 players for the Class of 2008.

Just five remain on the current roster — receiver Cody Bruns, center Drew Schaefer, safety Justin Glenn and cornerbacks Adam Long and Anthony Gobern.

That obviously means the other 60 of the 65 scholarship players on the spring roster were signed by Steve Sarkisian and staff.

Having just five fifth-year seniors speaks loudly to what remains an overall young program — there are just 12 scholarship seniors on the spring roster. As we’ve previously discussed, that small number of seniors might have implications on the Class of 2013 — though somehow every school in the country these days always seems to sign 25 guys even if they have only a handful of seniors on their roster.

It also unquestionably colors what might be expected out of the Huskies the next couple of years — with so few seniors (just 3-4 might start this year) the 2013 season might be a more realistic time to expect UW to take a jump to true contending status.

As a side note, the 65 scholarship players on the spring roster helps define UW’s numbers going forward. UW has 24 additional freshmen due to arrive in the fall. That obviously adds up to 89, four more than the limit. But three of the current scholarship players are former walk-ons on a year-to-year status. So given that and the inevitable (if maybe unfortunate, depending on the situation) attrition, UW doesn’t appear in a real numbers crunch.

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