Recruiting Blog: 9/28

Things are definitely heating up in the recruiting battles the Huskies are focused on. Read on to find out more about two of the committed players the Huskies already have in the fold and one player who is seriously considering the Dawgs, but also has plenty of other suitors as well, including the defending national champions...

Ingram gets call from Willingham

One of the top playmakers on Washington's recruiting radar is Flint Southwestern Academy RB Mark Ingram Jr. and this past weekend he spoke with Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"I actually talked to him on Tuesday," Ingram said. "He's such a great coach and a great guy in general. He never pressures me which I really like a lot because I've talked to a lot of head coaches and they're always pressuring you to make a commitment or to set up a visit and coach Willingham didn't do that.

"Don't get me wrong, he told me he really wanted playmakers like me in the program and that they are trying to get over that hump and playmakers like me are the ones that will help them do that, but he basically was like ‘I want you to feel comfortable with making a decision' so he just talked to me and that really made me feel comfortable with him.

"Washington is right at the top of my list, but I'm not ready to name a leader or anything like that. They want me to visit after my season and that's cool. I haven't set up one official visit yet, but I know they will be one of the schools who get one."

Two weeks ago, Ingram posted an amazing 377 yards on the ground with six touchdowns against then unbeaten Bay City.

"They are a good team too," Ingram said. "Everything was going so slow for me because I was just seeing those so clearly and it seemed like I was just hitting the hole and then just running past people.

"They actually took me out with like eight or nine minutes left in the game so it could have been even better. They aren't a slouch team either. They're 4-1 now so it wasn't like it was against a bad team."

As far as running style, Ingram said that he knows the stigma that speed backs like him get.

"I don't dance," Ingram said emphatically. "I know a lot of guys just break everything outside if they have speed and in high school you can do that, but in college you just can't and I am not a guy who does that.

"We run out of the I-formation so it isn't like everything I do is meant to go outside. Sometimes it calls for me to run between the tackles or hit the two (hole) and that means I need to stick my nose in there and just hit my plant foot and go. I can power it or break it outside, but more often than not I'll lower my shoulder and hit guys."

Washington, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa comprise his top schools with all but the Gators having offered.

Here's a link to a story Allen Wallace did on Ingram today as well: Tough Cookie

**Note: Florida will get a visit from St. Bonaventure (Ca.) RB Darrell Scott (Scout.com's #1 running back in the country) this weekend. The Gators are believed to be the front-runners for Scott's services (he's originally from the Sunshine State) so if they were to reel him in, it would drop them out of the race and likely vault Washington to the top of Ingram's list.




Freeman good-to-go

It's been a while since we've heard from Inglewood's David Freeman who committed to Washington back in June. He missed his team's first two games with a bad hamstring, but he played last week and said he's ready to go for the rest of his senior season.

"It was frustrating missing those first two games," Freeman said. "My coaches held me out of the second game just to make sure I didn't hurt myself worse and then last week we had a lot of trouble getting things going, but this week we have a chance to get back to 2-2 and then focus on our league and getting to the playoffs."

Freeman said that Arizona State has made contact with him recently and told him they would be recruiting him this fall and would like to get some video of the young man from Los Angeles.

"Coach (Eric) Yarber called and told me that, but it's cool because I'm a Husky and I'm not going anywhere else," Freeman said. "Washington showed me the love early and they are a good program and believed in me so I'm believing in them.

"They've had a tough couple of games and they are going to have a hard one this weekend against USC, but I think they are much better than they were last year and I think they should have a good season when it's all over with."

Freeman and his teammates face off against Gardena tonight.




Gobern makes the most of his opportunities

One commitment that came out of the blue this past summer was when Del Campo (Fair Oaks, Ca.) DB/RB Anthony Gobern told Scout.com's Brandon Huffman that he committed while on campus for Washington's prospect day in August.

So far this year, Gobern has helped to lead his team to a 2-1 record including two defensive shutouts.

"We've only given up 13 points this year and that was in one game so we're playing really well," Gobern said. "I have 490 yards and two touchdowns on offense and I also have a bunch of tackles on defense.

"Teams don't throw my way often so it can get frustrating, but it's a complement at the same time because they know I can make plays. I do what I can on other things though like punt returns and coverage and making plays against the run."

On the recruiting front, Washington is still Gobern's one and only offer and he said that's fine with him.

"I'm not really worried about all that stuff because I've already committed to the school I want to go to," Gobern said. "Washington's played well this year and I think it will be fun once I get up there and have a chance to keep the improvement going."

Tonight Gobern and his Cougar teammates take on Center High School on the road.




Keep checking back for more updates on the progress of players the Washington Huskies are after.

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