Now that the school year is in full swing, high school seniors can begin taking official visits to colleges.
And at least five players have been widely reported as likely to be in attendance at the UW-Stanford game tonight.
Among those reported to be taking a trip to UW tonight are:
— WR/DB Jermaine Kelly of Salesian High in Los Angeles who has already made a commitment to UCLA, but as is becoming the norm, is taking visits to some other schools. Kelly told Scout.com this week that his commitment to UCLA remains “very solid” but that since he had also seriously considered UW before committing to UCLA in July that he wanted to see Washington on a game weekend (his team has a bye this week making the trip possible);
— Cornerback Johnny Johnson Jr., of Fresno, who also has a listed trip to Oklahoma later, and whom Scout.com lists as having high interest in UCLA and Stanford, with UW in the medium interest category;
— Cornerback Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who has committed to USC. Hawkins told Scout.com he is still committed to USC but wanted to take other trips to make sure he made the right choice. He also has trips scheduled later for Arizona State and Notre Dame;
— Center Dane Crane of Santa Margarita, Calif., who has already committed to UW;
— And Crane’s teammate, linebacker Connor O’Brien, who has also already committed to UW.
There’s also always the chance that someone else ends up making a visit, as well.
And there will also be some others (mostly, local players) taking unofficial visits.
Washington has 18 reported commitments already for the Class of 2013, a group rated 14th nationally and second in the Pac-12 (behind USC).
And I’ve also been told that Tate Martell, the 14-year-old QB who committed to UW last July, will also be there tonight.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Bud Withers picks Stanford 24-21.
— And I was remiss earlier not to link his weekly Pac-12 notebook.
— SI.com has a somewhat irreverent preview of the game.
— PreGame.com says take Stanford.
— Here are the picks from the experts at The Sporting News, including Steve Greenberg taking UW 23-20, saying the home field will be the difference.
— Chris Huston of CBSSports.com also takes UW.
— All of the Athlon’s experts take Stanford.
— ESPN.com writes that this is the beginning of a critical stretch for the Huskies.
— Here’s a video clip of Mel Kiper Jr., putting Stanford on his upset alert for this weekend, though he seems to stop just short of saying he thinks UW is going to win (it’s at the end of the video).
— Here’s a roundup of links around the conference from the Pac-12 website.
— Finally, here’s an interview of Steve Sarkisian from some point in the last few days with Tim Brando on CBSSports.com.