They say seven is a magic number. You want some magic? I got your magic right here. Dots. Oh, and Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is good, too.
- The big news is the commitment of the Magnificent Seven to UW. The recruiting world doesn't often see the show of force that was displayed by Sark and his staff yesterday as they closed the deal. ESPN detailed how it happened. If you want to get a sense of the "blow by blow" from yesterday's epic event, definitely check out Greg Biggins' Twitter feed - he broke the news on each player and captured some reactions. Yesterday is not the kind of off-season day that you get to revel in very often. Enjoy it.
- Another highly regarded recruit looked good yesterday - per Biggins.
QB Troy Williams still throwing darts outs here, broken record but he gets better every time you see him— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) June 29, 2012
- UW moved up in the recruiting rankings, obviously. They are now #11 on Scout and top 15 in both Rivals and 247.
- Michael Castillo down at Reign of Troy ruminates of the "dropping of the recruiting gauntlet" that UW showed yesterday and what it means from a USC perspective. In particular, he explores the threat that is Tosh Lupoi.
Here is Bud Elliot's story on the Stringfellow commit. Stringfellow paired with Daniels and complemented by Long gives UW three big playmaking receivers to go along with a stable of QB talent. The foundation is getting laid, folks.
- Here is the hometown article on Lavon Coleman's commit. If you hadn't picked up on it yet, Coleman hails from the same school as another beloved Husky all time great running back.
- For former Texas Longhorn commit, Daeshon Hall, yesterday was a chance to come home.
- Another nice hometown article on Elijah Qualls. A huge get for the Dawgs. It is rumored that Qualls was the ringleader in orchestrating the commitments of the entire group. A physical defensive talent AND a leader. Brilliant!
- Sark was on KJR yesterday. Obviously, no recruiting talk, but worth a listen.
- Congrats to Terrence Ross who turned a lot of heads in getting selected eighth overall by the Toronto Raptors. I had tweeted it at the time, and it is still remarkable to me that after all the hand-wringing we did on that day back in Portland that Ross, not Jones, was the more coveted Terrence in this year's NBA draft (by the way, did anyone know that Jerry Brewer was writing for SI?). One of the reasons is that the statistical analytics models used by scouts love T-Ross.
- Tony Wroten also got the first round selection that he coveted even if he ended up going a little later than he expected. The local boo-birds came out immediately following the pick. Personally, I'm thrilled to know that I'll have both Tony and Q-Pon on my hometown Memphis Grizzlies squad next year. Tony will be a reserve on this team (at first, anyway) which will create a good opportunity for him to contribute as both a two and a one on an up and coming team. Getting coached by Lionel Hollins is a huge plus for Tony and getting paired with another alum, one known for work ethic no less, is also a big factor for him.
- Very interesting recap from Percy on Draft Night. He includes some observations about the body language of Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies GM, when on the subject of Wroten.
- Although the starting Titans job is almost assuredly Matt Hasselbeck's, Mark Sessler thinks Jake Locker ought to be on the field.