One of the lingering questions from signing day was — what happened to Jaimie Bryant?
A defensive lineman from Tumwater High, Bryant was one of the first players to commit to UW for the Class of 2013, doing so in April. His official visit in January seemed to indicate he would signed as planned.
But Wednesday, news broke that Bryant would “grayshirt,” meaning he will delay his enrollment until next January, when he would then still have five years to play four.
Tumwater coach Sid Otton said the decision was made during Bryant’s visit, and was made to allow Bryant more time to get physically acclimated to college football.
Otton said Bryant weight as much as 270 pounds last summer but that his weight dropped to about 245 during the season.
“Just for his own good they thought he’s got to get a lot more good weight on,” Otton said.
Otton said Bryant initially wanted to lose some weight on his own, thinking he’d be better off a little lighter. He also said Bryant was unable last fall to take the school’s weightlifting class, needing to take other classes instead.
Otton said Bryant will be put on a weight program the same as other players who signed and that the coaches at Tumwater will work with him on it. He also may take a college class or two next fall (which does not start the eligibility clock — that happens only once a player becomes officially a full-time student).
“He is fine with it,” Otton said. “He realizes that he has got to get into the weight room and really put some good weight on and get another year to just mature. … They have an agreement on this thing and he wants to be a Husky.”
MORE ON JOE SANDERS –Another slight mystery of signing day was the saga of defensive end Joe Sanders, of whom there were at least three reports saying he would sign with the Huskies. Instead, he signed with Iowa Western Community College. Sanders was one of three Georgia natives who had visited UW in January, along with MLB Reuben Foster,, who signed with Alabama, and Maurice Swain, who signed with Indiana.
My understanding is that UW never intended to sign Sanders on Wednesday and that the reports that he was going to sign were either in error or premature.
As this story explains, Sanders went to Iowa Western with another teammate from LaGrange, receiver Dee Smith. And as you can read, Smith says the plan is for Sanders and he to end up at UW after their stint at Iowa Western, saying “me and Joe, we’ll probably go to Washington.”
As I always caution, an awful lot can change during the time players are at a junior college, so not sure I’d pencil them in as commits for the Class of 2015 just yet. But certainly something worth watching.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— CBSSports.com names Jermaine Kelly as one of the top 10 impact recruits in the Class of 2013.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller said in his Thursday chat that Steve Sarkisian will be the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2013.
— Scout.com lists Dane Crane as a three-star to watch.
— Miller also hands out some signing day superlatives.
— Overlooked this yesterday, but Desmond Trufant has been invited to the NFL Combine.
— Here is the Rivals.com overview of the classes in the Pac-12.
— The Football Matrix has a compilation of all of the recruiting rankings an lists UW 15th overall.
— Rivals.com rates the top 5 classes at each offensive position group (UW not named, though).
— Interesting stuff here on the potential ramifications of new academic requirements.
— A brief look at how the Pac-12 South may unfold in the future and ton of links from the Salt Lake Tribune.
— John Henderson says Colorado has to hope star ratings don’t matter.