The next to the last recruiting weekend of the season ended with a few bangs last night. First of all news leaked out of Eugene that Keanon Lowe was now a Duck. I decided to have some fun with it doing the usual we didn't want him anyway mantra to pick up some reactions from the Oregon faithful. I went to dinner for a couple of hours and when I came back we had 114 replies to the sarcastic post with most having to be deleted for one reason or another.
For the record I think Lowe is a great athlete. His film is impressive and he would have fit in fine as a return artist, wide receiver, or defensive back at UW. What takes the sting out of this is Lowe wants to play WR which just happens to be a loaded position at UW which will only become more loaded in 2011.
Losing a commit to Oregon is always painful but if he was on defense I would say yes...it is a loss that will be felt. Since he wants to be a WR and his reviews in his all star game at CB was spotty at best I think the impact of him deciding to go to Oregon is neglible. Washington can use the open scholarship on a defensive lineman or linebacker which are two positions where the need is much more immediate and greater.
Washington hosted two four star visitors this past weekend and early indications are things went pretty well. DT Kirifi Taula is excited enough that he is seriously considering coming to UW. He still has a visit to Arizona next week that his family wants him to take so keep your fingers crossed on that one. The addition of another four star DT would be a great way to fill out this class.
S Sean Parker was the other vistor and he wasn't talking much after the visit. Reports say he enjoyed his visit but won't make a decision for another two weeks. Parker is one of the top safety prospects in the West and will decide between UW, USC, Miami, and Cal. The Bears and the Trojans were supposedly the leaders going into the weekend but the fact that UW got a visit bodes very well.
Washington was swept in LA this weekend and the rebound that started the week before was firmly slapped to the ground by a last second loss to UCLA. The Hukies showed up flat on Saturday against USC and that performance may have doomed this team in the terms of post season play. The Huskies have a deep hole to climb out of the rest of the season and it looks like only two teams from the league will head to the big dance.
Next up is Seattle U on Tuesday night. The Huskies need to bring their A game for this one. If they don't the scrappy Readhawks who dispatched OSU by 51 points a few weeks ago will pull off the upset. On paper the teams aren't even close in talent but this game won't be played on paper. Look for SU to give the Huskies a better game than last season