Dawgman Insider Blog: June 2011

Part two of our recruiting blog takes a look at some of the top prospects on Washington's radar and what we're hearing about their possible destinations as well a why they may or may not be close to making a decision...

Scott Eklund
5:30 pm

Recruiting Blog - 6/30 (Part 2)

Part two of our recruiting blog takes a look at some of the top prospects on Washington's radar and what we're hearing about their possible destinations as well a why they may or may not be close to making a decision...

Here is Part 2 of the Recruiting Blog.

Scott Eklund
2:45 pm

Kendyl Taylor

Recruiting Blog - 6/30 (Part 1)

With 12 commitments in the month of June, here's a look at each prospect who made the call within the past 30 days as well as what the future may hold for a couple of them should some other schools get into the mix...

Click on Part 1 of the Recruiting Blog for all the lowdown on the June commits.

Scott Eklund
8:40 am

Steve Sarkisian (Dawgman.com)

Commits galore for Washington

Washington fans have seen a flurry of recruiting action over the past 24 hours as the Huskies got three commitments -- St. Louis (Honolulu) DE Kalei Auelua, Arcadia (Ca.) S Taylor Lagace and Colony (Ontario, Ca.) CB Bryan Harper -- that were all made public on Tuesday...

It's been coming in flurries the past few weeks as the Huskies have had several players commit over a one or two day period.

That was exactly what happened yesterday as St. Louis (Honolulu) DE Kalei Auelua, Arcadia (Ca.) S Taylor Lagace and Colony (Ontario, Ca.) CB Bryan Harper all committed to the Washington coaching staff.

In addition to those three stories, Dawgman.com's Chris Fetters also posted a story on how Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian is maximizing the exposure of the football program out on the Islands.

Scott Eklund
6:20 am

Taniela Tupou

Tupou gets cleared

It's been a long, drawn-out process to get Archbishop Murphy DL Tani Tupou qualified, but just last week the talented prospect got the good news from the NCAA that he has been cleared to enroll at UW next week and Monday night I published a story documenting what has transpired over the past four months.

Chris Fetters
5:20 pm

Caleb Smith (Scout.com)

Rising Stars Sunday Notebook

Scout.com's Chris Fetters was out at Husky Stadium Sunday, checking out all the comings and goings during Sunday's Rising Stars camp. Who looked good? What positions seemed loaded with talent? Who got offered after the camp? Who came out of nowhere to impress?

To read about who stood out during Sunday's Rising Stars Camp, click on the link below.

Rising Stars Sunday Notebook

Chris Fetters
2:00 pm

Saturday Dawgman Podcasts are now available

The Dawgman guys - Kim Grinolds and Chris Fetters - had a jam-packed Saturday radio show, as they talked all things Husky Stadium with Jennifer Cohen, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Advancement, as well as OD Vincent, Senior Associate Athletic Director. Cohen and Vincent were in-studio to lay out the biggest capital project ever at UW. as well as answer questions on all the minutiae.

To listen to all two hours of the show, click on the link below.

Saturday KJR Dawgman Podcasts

Chris Fetters
10:30 pm

Friday night Dawgman Podcasts are now available

The Dawgman guys - Kim Grinolds, Scott Eklund, and Chris Fetters - filled in for Elise Woodward Friday night on 950KJR, and they talked about a variety of subjects - Husky Stadium show preview, Isaiah Thomas, Oregon, USC, Rising Stars camp, recruiting in Hawaii, and a lot more. We also spoke with Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist, and Eastlake Head Coach Gene Dales.

To listen to all three hours of the show, click on the link below for KJR's archived audio page.

Friday night Dawgman KJR Podcasts

Scott Eklund
6:30 pm

Some thoughts on the NIKE Camp at UW

Husky Stadium played host to the final Nike Camp of the year and there were roughly 160 player showing what they could do. Dawgman.com was there and had some thoughts on some of the top performers...
Scott Eklund
9:00 am

Three Saturday Commitment Stories

-- Here are the commitment stories from LB Blake Rodgers, WR Michael Rector and ATH Kendyl Taylor.

Scott Eklund
9:50 pm

Everrette Thompson and Alameda Ta'amu

Saturday Radio Show Podcasts

The Dawgman.com Radio Show had a lot of beef in studio on Saturday when Husky defensive linemen Alameda Ta'amu and Everrette Thompson sat in for the entire two-hour show. Both had a lot of interesting things to say and even took a few phone calls.

Click on the link to listen.
Scott Eklund
5:55 am

Nathan Dean

Friday Night's Radio Show Podcasts

Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) OL Nathan Dean, along with ESPN Rise's Greg Biggins and Scout.com's Chris Fetters, joined Kim Grinolds and Scott Eklund as they filled in for Elise Woodward on KJR 950 AM Friday Night.

Click on the link to listen.

Scott Eklund
12:40 pm

Everrette Thompson and Alameda Ta'amu

Dawgman.com on the radio

The Dawgman.com Radio Show will be on twice in this week with a show tonight from 7 pm to 10 pm on KJR 950 AM and then again tomorrow morning from 9 am to 11 am with two special in-studio guests -- DE Everrette Thompson and DT Alameda Ta'amu.

Tonight's show features recent commit Nathan Dean as well as ESPN Rise's Greg Biggins, one of the leading recruiting analysts in the country.

Tune in if you can.

Scott Eklund
9:55 pm

Venoy Overton (K.Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Romar addresses media on Overton arrest

In a statement released by the University of Washington, Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar had this to say about the recent arrest of former point guard Venoy Overton...

"I have been informed of the arrest of Venoy Overton and I am extremely disappointed. My staff and I spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to mentor Venoy prior to his recent graduation, so this news is especially troubling."

Here is the link to the Seattle Times' story on the arrest.

Scott Eklund
9:55 am

Steve Sarkisian (K.Grinolds/Dawgman.com) and Lorenzo Romar (AP)

Thursday Morning News Links

-- Lorenzo Romar and Steve Sarkisian were at Pike Place Market yesterday to catch some fish and the Seattle Times' Percy Allen was there to get some video of the action.

-- ESPN's Ted Miller recaps the Cliff Harris situation at Oregon and where things stand as of now.

-- Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott told the Denver Post he wants the student athletes to get more out of their scholarships.

-- ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd had an interview with USC QB Matt Barkley and he talked about how the players are handling their program's probation.

Scott Eklund
12:00 pm Commitments, Commitments, Commitments

A flurry of activity was seen over the past 24 hours as Juanita OL Nathan Dean, Mt. Miguel DL Malcolm Jackson and Cajon CB Damontae Kazee all made commitments to the Huskies.

Here are the Commitment Impact Reports for Dean as well as Darien Washington, a DB from Orange (Ca.) Luthern who committed to Washington in May.

Scott Eklund
9:40 am

Benning Potoae (Scout.com)

Monday Morning News Links

-- First off, a recap of things from the Nike Northwest Elite camp including the Camp MVPs as well as who stood out on the offensive side of the ball as well as the defensive side.

-- Here is a video interview with UW commit and Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist.

-- Here is my story from Friday on the recruitment of Butte (Mt.) DE Cody Carriger.

-- Also, Kentridge (Kent, Wa.) TE Caleb Smith spent the day up at UW on an unofficial visit.

-- Scout.com's Brandon Huffman had the story on Washington latest commitment, Gahr (Cerritos, Ca.) WR Dwayne Washington.

-- Dawgman.com's Chris Fetters, who is headed to Hawaii for the next week to take in three camps and hit up some high schools to get info on some of the top players from the Islands, got the news that UW has offered Kamehameha (Honolulu) DE Kory Rasmussen.

-- Lastly, Fetters also posted a quick blurb on Skyline QB Max Browne's offer from Cal.

Scott Eklund
8:25 pm

Travis Feeney

Danny Shelton (Max Waugh/Dawgman.com)

Saturday Show Podcasts

Danny Shelton, Travis Feeney and Dezden Petty joined Kim Grinolds, Chris Fetters and Scott Eklund on Saturday's Dawgman.com Radio Show to talk about things as they prepare to enroll at Washington this summer.

To hear both hours of today's show, click on the link.

Scott Eklund
8:25 am

Mason Foster (K.Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Wednesday Morning News Links

-- CoachSark.com has a congratulatory post to the 18 football players who will receive degrees this weekend.

-- ESPN's Ted Miller has a story on the returning starters along the offensive lines within the Pac 12.

-- The Seattle Times' Mason Kelly has a story on future Husky wide receiver Kasen Williams and his next big challenge. -- We reported on the UW/Nebraska game time being set up, but here's the link to the story from Gohuskies.com.

Scott Eklund
7:45 am

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez (Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

Tuesday Morning News Links

-- First off, I spoke with Dominguez (Compton, Ca.) CB Brandon Beaver yesterday and here is the story I published on him. To say he's a UW lean would be an understatement...even though he doesn't come out and actually say it.

-- ESPN's Ted Miller takes a look at Washington's schedule and says the Huskies have a daunting task, but he still expects them to go bowling.

-- The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reviews Athlon's College Football Preview in a blog post.

-- Locally, Juanita OL Nathan Dean, a top target for the Huskies, picked up his eighth offer on Monday.

-- Kyle Ringo, who covers Colorado for several websites including Scout.com, has an update on the Pac 12 Network.

-- Here is the story Chris Fetters did on Kasen Williams for Sports Washington Magazine a few months ago and republished for people to read on the site.

-- Lastly, for those who might have missed them, here are Commitment Impact stories on basketball recruit Martin Breunig and football recruit Cyler Miles.

That's all for now...

Chris Fetters
10:00 am

Corrente new Pac-12 Officiating Head

Pac-10 Names Tony Corrente Coordinator of Football Officiating

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Pac-10 Conference has named Tony Corrente Coordinator of Football Officiat- ing as the league prepares for the inaugural Pac-12 football season, commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Mike Pereira, who served in the role as Coordinator of Football Officiating on an interim basis since February, will remain as a consultant through the 2011-12 season as he continues to implement changes in the officiating program.

"Tony Corrente has extensive experience in both college football and the NFL and has earned the reputation as one of the most respected leaders in officiating," Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "With numerous NFL postseason assignments in his background, including the Super Bowl, Tony has worked at the very highest levels in the sport. We are very fortunate to have him leading our new football officiating program."

In restructuring the football officiating program, Pereira initially brought on Corrente as a Referee Supervisor to review and evaluate officials working that position on the field. Corrente will now assume the role as Coor- dinator of Football Officiating and be responsible for game assignments, best practices and training meth- ods, as well as continuing to evaluate the officials through innovative technology.

"This is a welcomed challenge and I really look forward to working in the new structure of the Pac-12 Con- ference, and with the quality of officials we have on our staff," said Corrente. "I credit Mike Pereira for laying the groundwork in restructuring the program, and know our officials will be prepared in positioning the Pac- 12 officiating program as a role model program."

Corrente has served as a Game Official in the National Football League since 1995, and will continue to work as an on-field official. As an NFL Referee, he has worked Super Bowl XLI and as an alternate in Super Bowl XL, as well as numerous AFC and NFC Championship and Playoff games. In addition, he was a History and Sociology instructor, as well as a successful baseball coach at La Mirada High School, La Mirada, Calif., from 1983-2011.

"Tony's background has prepared him well for this position," stated Pereira. "He has been a respected NFL Game Official, and as a longtime high school educator and officiating instructor, will command the respect of his peers. With his more than capable leadership, the Pac-12 officiating program will be in good hands."

The Pac-12 Conference becomes a reality on July 1, 2011 when the University of Colorado and the Univer- sity of Utah officially become members of the Conference. The 2011 Pac-12 football season gets underway on Thursday, September 1 when Montana State visits Utah.

Scott Eklund
6:40 pm

Saturday Show Podcasts

The Saturday show podcasts are up. In the first hour we spoke with 2011 signee Dexter Charles, an offensive lineman from Stanwood, and in hour number two we spoke to Husky corners coach Demetrice Martin.

Scott Eklund
12:25 pm

Former UW coach Jim Lambright (Getty)

Thursday Morning News Links

-- We start off with the Everett Herald's story on former Husky coach Jim Lambright and his his induction into the Snohomish Sports Hall-of-Fame.

-- The Pac 12 announced on Wednesday seven more games that have been picked up by their TV partners. UW isn't involved with any of them, but more announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

-- The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta has an update on the Apple Cup tickets that have been sold to Husky fans.

-- Scout.com's Chris Fetters has a story on the UW offer for Kentridge TE Caleb Smith.

-- I posted this story last night on St. John Bosco(Bellflower, Ca.) LB C.J. Dozier and how high he is on the Dawgs.

That's all for now...

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