Since our Duck friends decided to blow up The Monday Morning Wash lets start a new recruiting thread that is exclusive to Husky recruiting....anything else gets deleted.
A couple of quick notes:
Lawrence Lagafuiana has picked Washington over Hawaii and will be a Husky. He was thinking Hawaii after his visit but decided UW was the best place for him after he had slept on it.
Kona Schwenke did not commit to Notre Dame and the Washington coaches cancelled his visit because the way the flights would have worked out would have meant that he would have only been able to spend around 90 minutes on campus Sunday.
Washington still has a scholarship open for Schwenke and he could possibly visit next weekend. So it looks like Schwenke will decide between UW and Notre Dame. Both schools may end up waiting a week to find out what will happen.
Kerifi Taula was all about Arizona last night but expect some more flip flops between now and signing day.
Update - James Atoe is a Dawg
OT James Atoe has decided to commit to the University of Washington. The 6'7 325 behemoth from the Dalles may be here as soon as this summer if there is room. If they run out of space he will ber here winter of 2011. Atoe is a kid that visited UW for the rising stars camp last summer where he caught the eye of the coaches. The thing that Cozzetto likes about his is his footwork. I guess the coach went to watch one of his basketball games and thought he had potential. James isn't a big name recruit but you can't coach the size he has...it will be interesting to wtch him develop at Montlake.
It is finally here...the last working day of the recruiting season!
Today is the last day that coaches can interact with the players on the phone before they start faxing in their letters of intent on Wednesday morning. Expect quite a few flip flops and final decisions today as we head into crunch time. As these items pop up I will be posting them here in the blog so stay tuned!
Oregon apparently is losing a couple of huge in state targets to other schools. Four-star defensive end Gabe King is headed to California according the Contra Costa-Times. The Ducks also are apparently out of the running for DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who attends Portland's David Douglas High School according to Greg Biggins of ESPN.
Jeremy Ioane will pick between Notre Dame, UW, and Boise State on Wednesday. He has letters from all three schools and will pick the winner when he wakes up on Wednesday morning.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has some nice background on future Husky LB Garret Gilliland.
Update - Cooper Pelleur is a Dawg
We heard rumblings last night that the Huskies might offer DE Cooper Pelleur from Skyline and those rumblings turned out to be true this morning. Cooper is 6'4 235 lbs and will either play SAM or DE at Washington. He picks up the spot that was left open when Alejandro Maldonado shifted gears and headed to Oregon. Cooper was almost signed and delivered to Chris Tormey over at Hawaii but with the last minute offer he is headed to his dream school. Cooper has a lot of upside and I think it is a solid pick up for Washington.
Even with the signings of Pelleur and Atoe the Huskies have room for 3-4 more based on the numbers. Not sure if they will sign that many more but lets say if Taula, Scwenke, Shirley, and Parker all said yes they would find room for them.
Keeping an eye on Schwenke right now. The Notre Dame coaches may pressure him to sign and not wait till next week. He wants to visit Washington this weekend but ND may not be that patient. We should know more about that later this evening.
Sean Parker has gone underground and nobody knows what he is thinking right now. He did rave earlier about his trip to Washington and he knows he can play early for the Huskies. Parker is a very good student and Washington also has the type of academics he is looking for.
Experts are speculating that Ricky Heimuli will decide between UCLA and Utah. The speculation is he likes Norm Chow which to me means little since he is a defensive tackle.
Heard a story that it was down to USC and Miami for Shirley but don't know how valid that one really is because he isn't really taking.
Hearing that Hayes Pullard is heading to USC.
We will post more updates here as they are confirmed.