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September 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Huskies morning links: On the next step in Cyler Miles’ development

Cyler Miles (10) and the Huskies had a lot to smile about in the second half against Georgia State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Cyler Miles (10) and the Huskies had a lot to smile about in the second half against Georgia State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Happy Thursday, everyone.

I wrote today about the next step in Cyler Miles‘ development — specifically his need to step up in the pocket more. “Pocket presence” seems like a difficult thing to teach to a young quarterbacks. Miles has been learning on the run early in his UW career, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. He needs to continue use his legs — one of his best assets — to buy time and make plays. But he also needs to trust his arm when appropriate and step up and make a throw. Stanford won’t make those decisions easy for him on Saturday.

  • Here’s an ESPN.com story breaking down UW’s O-K-G recruiting tactics. Here’s an interesting quote from an anonymous Pac-12 assistant:

“When they were at Boise State, they attacked everybody’s Plan B guys before everybody else. They did a great job of playing their hand realistically. They knew they weren’t going to be able to get a bunch of four- and five-star recruits to come to Boise, so they went after the guys that were everybody else’s second-tier guys and recruited them like they All-Americans.

“They’re doing the same thing at Washington so far. But to win in the Pac-12, you have to recruit difference-makers. They’re not in the Mountain West anymore when they only had to play two big games a year.”

That’s obviously true: These new coaches aren’t in the Mountain West anymore. I think they realize that. Have they adapted their recruiting style? Do they need to? Many of you have already debated some of these same things here, and there have been valid points on both sides. We can debate all we want, but it’ll take another couple years before we know if this approach works in the Pac-12. These coaches need to get their guys — their OKGs — in here and in place before we can make any reasonable judgements, in my humble opinion.

For the record, and for those who care about such things, the Huskies’ 2015 class is ranked 31st by Scout, with four four-star guys, more than all but three teams in the Pac-12. (USC has eight; UCLA and Oregon five each.)

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