A quick rundown on how things are going to go tomorrow with the start of the Early Signing Period. I know there have been people with strong opinions on this topic in the past and I hope we’ve addressed those concerns.
We will be putting out a separate article for each recruit when the letter of intent is officially signed. Those are intended for people who do not follow recruiting regularly and have all of the basic info, the story of their recruitment, where they fit into the roster, and their highlight video if available. All of those articles will be linked to a hub so you can navigate to them from one place on the front page. We will also have an open thread going that will be the major place for discussion throughout the day. If you already know everything about each of the recruits and just want a place to talk about them then that will be the place for you.
- Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times lays out his superlatives for the members of Washington’s 2020 recruiting class.
- Dawgman put together the results from polling media members who were the top-5 members of UW’s recruiting class. There was a surprising amount of variation.
- Christian Caple of The Athletic is already looking ahead to 2021 and the potential crown jewel of the state of Washington’s loaded recruiting class with DT J.T Tuimoloau.
- Washington TE Hunter Bryant was named a 2nd Team All-American by the Associated Press.
- An interesting look from Banner Society at what an average current recruit realistically remembers about various programs.
- ESPN graded the coaching hires so far this offseason and the Huskies get an A- for promoting Jimmy Lake.
- Speaking of Jimmy Lake...Happy birthday Coach Lake! I’m guessing he won’t have time to fully celebrate it until next week. I’ve heard there’s stuff going on in the next few days that will command his attention.
.@AhmedSalvon x @iRiichh = unmatched@UW_Football is the only Power 5 team to feature two RBs with 9+ TDs.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) December 17, 2019
The Huskies return on Saturday vs. Boise State in the @LasVegasBowl. #Pac12FB pic.twitter.com/M3pwjld1Ng
- Notes from Coach Hopkins’ press conference yesterday where he stressed that Washington has to cut down on turnovers if they want to win games against premium opponents.
- Percy Allen at the Seattle Times has a game preview for tonight’s contest against Seattle U led by former Garfield star Terrell Brown.
- Somehow the Huskies moved up 5 spots to re-enter the AP Top-25 despite not playing a game last week. They’ll take it.
- Washington was ranked 35th in the initial release of the NET rankings which will be used on the individual team sheets for the NCAA selection committee. 7 Pac-12 teams start out in the top-40 which is good news for the conference’s NCAA tournament chances.
- Some highlights of Jaden McDaniels through his first 9 college games:
Jaden McDaniels is tuff. Get in the know. (via @swishcultures_) pic.twitter.com/pPpjUB9hgA— SLAM (@SLAMonline) December 17, 2019
- James Harden had an ill-fated attempt at starting s*** with Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray and Harden going at it pic.twitter.com/kIwlZutmI2— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 17, 2019
- Speaking of Dejounte Murray...
Dejounte Murray reached 1,000 career points over the weekend!— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 16, 2019
He's the first Spur with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in his first 150 games since Tim Duncan. #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/JQB3RojnTl
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