We start the week off with the news that JC DL Johnny Tivao is not going to be making it into UW. Tivao was always a long shot so this wasn't much of a surprise. Word has it that he will attempt to enroll at New Mexico State, whose standards aren't as high as UW. The Huskies still await word on JC-transfers S David Batts and OL Daniel Mafoe, who have classwork to finish this summer if hoping to gain admission. Coach Sarkisian contends he won't be going the JC route too much in the future preferring, to build the team with HS players, so expect this to be the final recruiting class laden with JC athletes during his tenure at Washington.
On the HS recruiting front, OT Erik Kohler--hailing from the same school as QB Nick Montana--looks as if he is headed to UW. He is still considering UCLA, Notre Dame, and California, but in an interview with Scout.com he states Washington is his favorite. He expects to announce around August 1 so he can get it out of the way and concentrate on his senior season. Meanwhile, CB Troy Hill from Ventura, OG Colin Tanigawa from LA, and DE Andrew Hudson from Redlands are all listed by Scout as having high interest in Washington.
An intriguing player whom I believe we may bring aboard is S/RB/WR Dietrich Riley of St Francis HS in La Canada, CA. Riley reminds me quite a bit of former Husky DB Tommie Smith, who could have played about anywhere in the Husky lineup. Riley is a very physical athlete; our coaches appear to like him best at TB, giving UW an edge in his recruitment. Riley is a national recruit, with schools such as USC, Tennessee, Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Michigan all vying for his commitment. Riley has family in the Seattle area and plans to take an unofficial visit to UW in August.
Scott Woodward has been beating the bushes looking for his next baseball coach, with and the name of University of San Diego's Rich Hill repeatedly rising to the top. Here is a bio on Hill from the USD web site.
Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2008 spring season will be Hill's 22nd year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 11th at USD, having enjoyed 18 winning seasons in 21 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in leading the Toreros to seven consecutive 30 plus win seasons, re-writing the school record book en route to claiming back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002 2003 and also claiming the WCC crown in 2007 and 2008.
Skyler picked up his 15 minutes of fame last week for chasing down a thief in Seattle U-District on a leg that is still healing from a spring injury. What is interesting is this story was picked up nationwide as soon as Jerry Brewer ran it at the Seattle Times. I had the folks at SBN emailing me to write about it in the blog almost immediately after Brewer's story was up. It is nice to see a Washington athlete on the right side of the pursuit.
LSU vs Washington Football web site
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times turned me on to this site in his blog. These guys are testing an interesting concept and that is building a blog around a single football game months in advance. LSU vs Washington Football is something I would check out every day because they are going to be posting relevant articles on the Tigers and Huskies from local sources.
Two times in the 2000s LSU has played a PAC 10 team that they were supposed to be way too much for and narrowly escaped. In 2004, Oregon State came to Death Valley (Tiger Stadium, Husky fans) and LSU won 22-21 because the Oregon State kicker missed an extra point. If memory serves that kicker missed 3 kicks in that game. In 2005, LSU traveled to Arizona to take on Arizona State and came out of a very exciting game with a 35-31 narrow victory. Of course that was right on the tail of Hurricane Katrina, so many, if not most of the Tigers were understandably distracted. But I will never forget one of the most disappointing LSU road games that I have ever watched. This is not a PAC 10 game, I know. In 2002, a powerful LSU team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies and came back with their tails between their legs with a nationally televised 26-8 loss.