Here’s some interesting reading today from PacificTakes, rating UW’s Top 10 recruits of the Internet age.
As noted, this rating is not based on what the players accomplished during their time at UW, but how highly-rated they were at the time of their signing.
This period of time obviously encompasses some down times for UW and a few recruiting classes that were sort of lost to coaching changes (2005 and 2009).
Hard to argue with most of the picks, or the order of the top three. It also serves as a reminder of how highly-regarded players such as Donny Mateaki and Sione Potoa’e were at the time they signed.
The author rightly notes that Jon Lyon was a really highly-rated JUCO tight end. That said, I’m not sure I’d have included him on this list. I don’t remember that there was a lot of real hype or excitement over his commitment or signing — I’d have definitely included Sean Parker, instead, given the down-to-the-wire battle with USC and Michigan that UW had to win to get him (there’s actually some good stuff on Parker and Michigan in this book essentially, that the Michigan coaches thought he was signing there until they saw Parker announce on ESPN he was choosing UW).
I’d also quibble slightly with saying that the commitments of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kavario Middleton were similarly early.
ASJ committed in mid-August. Middleton, meanwhile, committed in late November, in what was actually something of a really critical time during the debate whether to keep Tyrone Willingham. Recall, in fact, that he committed the week after UW lost the Apple Cup to WSU in 2007 and before the trip to Hawaii that ended that season — another loss that sent the Huskies to a 4-9 record and intensified the talk of Willingham’s future.
Middleton committed jointly with Lakes teammate Jermaine Kearse (read about that here). Kearse was also pretty highly-regarded and getting those two that week was seen as a boost for Willingham, though I doubt it had any real impact on the ultimate decision to keep him.
Anyway, interesting fodder for a rainy June day.