We’ll start this morning with the news that Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City, regarded as one of the top QB prospects for the Class of 2013, has committed to Alabama.
Here’s a story noting that Bateman made his announcement simply by sending a statement to members of the Alabama media.
Bateman was among those who visited UW for Junior Day and had said he was seriously considering the Huskies. However, many recruiting analysts had predicted he might ultimately pick Alabama, so this isn’t a huge surprise. The Tide may have more of an easier path to starting (and yes, Bateman’s announcement also means former Husky OC Doug Nussmeier, now at Alabama, helped lure one away from the Huskies).
UW obviously appears pretty well-stocked at QB going forward, with Keith Price and Derrick Brown there now and Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles arriving in the fall.
But the Huskies want to sign a quarterback for this class. UW has also been aggressively pursuing Troy Williams of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., and some have portrayed the Huskies as the favorite for him. UW also has an offer out to Johnny Stanton of Santa Margarita, Calif. But that is apparently now as an athlete and not a quarterback.
UW is expected to find out on Thursday if it has won the battle for running back Justin Davis of Stockton, Calif. He has said his finalists are UW, Cal and USC, with the Trojans still regarded as the favorite despite getting a commitment Tuesday from RB Ty Issac of Joliet, Ill.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— I’m told the planned interview with UW coach Steve Sarkisian on ESPN 710 Seattle did not run Tuesday but is expected to run today. I’ll post a link to the podcast when it does.
— Pacific Takes has more Pac-12 recruiting updates.
— The Salt Lake Tribune updates what’s going on with the Pac-12 Networks.
— Ted Miller offers his take on the USA Today breakdown of college athletic finances.