Washington’s Rising Stars Camp kicks off tomorrow, and with it has come a lot of speculation about recruits that may be in attendance and if there will be any commits.
The sites that specialize in recruiting will have a more full account of who attends, but we will try to pass along in this space any big news, specifically if there are commits — and there has been lots of speculation that there could be some specific commit news during/shortly after the camp.
Among those thought close to committing who will be attending are Elijah Qualls, a defensive tackle from Casa Grande High in Petaluma, Calif., and WR Demorea Stringfellow of Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif.
Here’s a story on Qualls from a couple of days ago on ESPN.com, and while he says in the story he may take a while to make his decision, there have been several other reports that he may be close to committing, with UW the leader (such as a Tweet from Mike Farrell of Rivals.com a couple days ago).
The LA Times also reported this week that RB Lavon Coleman of Lompoc (which, yes, has been good to the Huskies in the past at that spot) will also visit and could also be close to committing to UW.
Another reported to be attending who has also said he could make an early decision to commit is WR/DB Jermaine Kelly of Salesian High in Los Angeles (though UCLA is also thought a serious player for him).
A few other highly-rated players reported by various sites to be attending include cornerback Johnny Johnson of Fresno, OL Na’ty Rodgers of Pomfert, Md., whose father Tyrone was on UW’s 1991 national title team; safety Hatari Byrd of Fresno; OL David Maka of Tustin, Calif. and TE Thomas Duarte of Santa Ana,, Calif.
There will undoubtedly be lots more. One in-state prospect who had been thought likely to visit who apparently won’t now is LB Danny Mattingly of Mead, who committed to Notre Dame on Tuesday.
I had links with info on the camp itself and more from Biggins on who might be there and what it could mean for UW in this blog post earlier this week.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Steve Sarkisian received five votes in a Rivals.com survey of players at its Five-Star Challenge camp recently in the category of coach who was easiest to talk to. Rivals noted that was something of a surprise since none of the players in the camp have committed to UW.
— ESPN puts UW in the “good shape” category at receiver in its continuing series of position overviews.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller also says it’s still too early to say what the new college football playoff will mean for the Pac-12.
— Also some good thoughts on the playoff news from Jon Wilner.
— The Spokesman-Review looks at the top public salaries in the state, which as always is led by the football and basketball coaches at UW and WSU.
— A few more links around the conference from PacificTakes.