UW Signing Day Surprises?

There are stories that sometimes take a life of their own, whether you want them to or not. This is one such story. What started out as an innocent search for information turned out to be something none of us here expected. But now that we're on the cusp of signing day, it's time to let the cats out of the bag.

Dawgman.com learned some time ago that Washington would be signing a player that nobody knew about. That player is former Nevada cornerback Chris Handy. The 5-11, 190-pound Handy was a second team All-CIF selection and a two-time All-San Gabriel Valley selection at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California, earning first team honors as a senior. His team's MVP, he was named Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Best Defensive Player at Arcadia High School. A multi-sport athlete, he was also named the top defensive player on the basketball team and earned Principal's Honor Roll accolades. He was recruited to Nevada by former Wolf Pack Head Coach Chris Tormey. Tormey is now Washington's linebackers coach.

Chris played in all 12 games and started in seven in 2002 as a true freshman at Nevada, recording 41 tackles with 29 solos. He had two tackles for loss for a negative five yards, and one pass break-up. In 2003 tarted seven games and played in nine as a sophomore. Was ninth in tackles with 37 and had one interception at Washington, a 37-yard return that went for a touchdown. His play earned him all-WAC honors.

We will have more from Handy Wednesday morning regarding his surprise decision to attend Washington.

Expect some news, and maybe a surprise too, on the coaching front as well. Sources close to the situation believe that Tim Lappano, who worked under Dennis Erickson at San Francisco and Seattle in the NFL as well as at Idaho, Washington State and Oregon State, could be named Washington's offensive coordinator as early as Wednesday. Lappano, 48, is a Spokane, washington native, was a four-year letterman at Idaho, and still stands as the Vandals' second-leading rusher all-time with 2,196 yards.

Another name that has surfaced in the coaching mix is another 49'ers coach under Dennis Erickson - receivers coach Eric Yarber. Yarber, 40, spent three years with the Washington Redskins after also graduating from Idaho. His coach at UI? Dennis Erickson. Yarber was a part of the Redskins' 1988 winning Super Bowl team. He started coaching at Idaho in 1996, and then re-joined Erickson in Seattle. He followed his head coach to Oregon State the following year, where he coached running backs and then receivers.

Willingham could very well announce Yarber as the Huskies' new receivers coach as early as Wednesday. Be logged into Dawgman.com all day Wednesday for signing day updates, as well as updates from the UW signing day press conference.

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