It’s the day that coaches and recruiting analysts work all season for. It’s the day recruiting lovers get all geeked up for. It’s the day where even the average college football fan feels a sense of anticipation for.
It’s signing day.
For a while it looked today would be a little anti-climactic for the Huskies because of the loss of so many top in-state players. But that all changed in the past few days, particularly with the commitment of five-star safety Shaq Thompson.
From my story in today’s paper …
Thompson had been committed to California for about a month. However, when the Huskies hired Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Thompson opened up his recruitment. Lupoi’s presence was a major factor. But Wilcox, who once coached Thompson’s older brother, Syd’Quam, at Cal, also helped in getting a game-changing player for a defense desperately in need of them.
Thompson’s announcement helped take the sting away of losing yet another top in-state player. When Lakes’ Zach Banner announced he was attending USC on Monday, it meant that the Huskies officially lost out on five of the top Washington high school players this year. Besides Banner, fellow offensive linemen Josh Garnett of Puyallup and Walker Williams of Tacoma Baptist committed to Stanford and Wisconsin, respectively, and running back KeiVarae Russell opted for Notre Dame. A late run at Lakes wide receiver Cedric Dozier also came up short.
Washington’s top in-state recruit is Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist, who has been committed to the Huskies all season. The four-star recruit leads a group of solid, if unspectacular local commitments.
While the Huskies’ “fence around the state” Sarkisian often boasted of maintaining has a few holes, Washington will have some incoming talent in this class thanks to top out-of-state recruits.
Besides Thompson, quarterback Cyler Miles of Denver has remained committed to the Huskies despite a late push from USC. The Huskies also added three good commits on Tuesday.
Washington got a pair of top receivers in Jordan Payton and Jaydon Mickens – both News Tribune Western 100 players – while also getting a commitment from offensive lineman Shane Brostek.
Obviously, the recruiting sites like Dawgman.com and Realdawg.com will be doing plenty of recruiting stuff and GoHuskies.com has a Signing Day Central page with a live chat with Gregg Bell and whoever runs the Husky football twitter.
Also this is probably a day to be on Twitter…. you should follow @CoachSark … which is releasing the names as they come in.
A few other links …
Here’s ESPN’s Greg Biggins talking about Shaq Thompson yesterday on ESPN 710.
Shaq Thompson’s coach joined Softy Mahler … listen here
And here’s some other links compiled by Ted Miller