Well, as noted earlier I spent much of my day helping with our NBA-Sonics coverage.
But I can confirm a story that broke earlier today on Dawgman.com that Lakes High WR Sammie Long will not sign with UW. Lakes coach Dave Miller confirmed the news tonight saying that Long was basically caught in a numbers game at UW.
Long committed to UW last February as the first commit for the Class of 2013. But UW has since gotten commits from three other WRs in Darrell Daniels, Demorae Stringfellow and John Ross. Miller said UW said it would still sign Long but made it clear he wasn’t as much of a priority now as he had been previously.
Miller called it “the ugly side” of big-time college football and said that while he understands it that Long is having a tough time with it since “his heart was at UW.”
Miller said Long had been “recruited heavily” by UW last spring but that “he hasn’t really been recruited by them all fall.” Miller said he wished UW might have been more “timely” with its decision on Long so he could have pursued other options. He said many schools that might have offered Long earlier no longer have spots open.
Miller said Long, who is listed at 6-4, 195 and was rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, has already visited Montana and also will visit Idaho, Eastern Washington and Colorado State and likely one other school, possibly Utah.
“It’s fair to say we are a little frustrated with the way things were handled, no question,” Miller said.
Long caught 34 passes for 436 yards this season but Miller said that “he maybe didn’t have quite the senior year we were all expecting but I think there were some factors in there, some injuries, some things like that. I think he’s still going to be a really good receiver in college, a really good player, wherever he ends up.”
The news on Long means UW may sign as few as five in-state players this year — here’s a list of commits.
— Also, the Pac-12 is expected to release the conference football schedule for 2013 sometime Thursday morning. I had earlier said I thought it was coming in February but sounds now like it will come tomorrow.