The Huskies are off to Las Vegas today to begin taking in the whole bowl experience in advance of their game Saturday against Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
This week also marks a change in recruiting as it is now officially a dead period through Jan. 3. As you can see in the link, the one exception is that junior college players can sign beginning on Wednesday (coaches can talk on the phone with recruits during dead periods but otherwise can have no contact). UW has had just one junior college player who has not committed elsewhere in for a visit, defensive tackle Lavon Hooks of Northeast Mississippi. Hooks, considered among the best JC defensive tackles in the country, told Dawgman.com the trip “really opened my eyes” and that he will make an announcement and decision on Wednesday. However, another Tweet from this morning says Hooks is set to announce today.
Other schools thought in the running for Hooks are Auburn, Miami and Mississippi.
UW did not reportedly receive any other commitments over the weekend. But the varying recruiting sites reported that the other three uncommitted players who visited UW all had good times on their visits (recruits usually do, of course). Among those was offensive tackle Brayden Kearsely of Aloha, Ore., who has been said to be favoring Oregon State but told ESPN’s HuskyNation that UW is now “close to No. 1” on his list alongside the Beavers. He also said he plans to announce his decision on Jan. 23.
The other two uncommitted players to visit were cornerback Patrick Enewally of Cerritos, Calif. and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes of Auburn, Calif. Vanderdoes is committed to USC but taking trips (he also recently visited UCLA). Enewally has also visited Boise State but told Scout.com his UW visit was his “favorite” and that he could make an announcement this weekend.
Also visiting UW this weekend was quarterback Troy Williams, who has been committed to UW since June.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The ESPN Pac-12 blog rounds up some of the conference’s Senior Bowl invites, including Desmond Trufant.
— The National Football Post previews all the bowl games this week, including the Vegas.
— Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey ended up with the fifth-best rushing season in Pac-12 history.
— Cal has hired a defensive coordinator.
— A Georgia 247 site has an interesting story on early enrolling.
— A Twitter guide to all the bowl games.
— Athlon’s breaks down players who could declare early.
— The Oregonian’s Pac-12 Rundown leads off with the news that UCLA’s Anthony Barr is reportedly returning for the 2013 season.
— Jake Locker starts tonight for the Titans. Here’s a look at how he compares to some other first-year starting QBs.