Recruiting Blog - 10/1

After a close loss to then number one USC at home, the Husky players get a weekend off as they try to recover from a three game losing streak to make a push for a bowl game. The coaches however won't be so lucky. They will be out on the road recruiting this coming weekend, but in the meantime the team and the coaches have made some impressions on some top recruits…

Guice hopes to visit Washington soon

Central Catholic (Portland) TE Demetrius Guice is a player that several Pac 10 schools are after and one of the playmaking tight ends' top schools is in the University of Washington.

"Coach (Randy) Hart called me last week to check in on me," Guice told on Sunday. "He said he just wanted me to know how important I am to them and that they need some more strong tight ends in their system. He also talked about my games with me and their game that they just played against USC and that they were working hard to be able to win games like that one."

Guice didn't get a chance to watch the Husky/Trojan game on Saturday because he was in Corvalis for Oregon State's game against UCLA, but he did say he's been watching the Huskies this season and he's come away impressed.

"They are playing hard all the time," Guice said. "They don't take plays off and I like the offense they run. It hasn't been real productive yet, but I think they are just really young and need to get more experience. They said they are starting a sophomore and a redshirt freshman along the offensive line so it's obvious they're young.

"But they are a great program. Coach (Tyrone) Willingham has had success at different schools and he's brought the Huskies back to being a tough team to play and they just need a few more playmakers to go along with their quarterback who looks really good and they should be able to get back on top."

Guice hasn't been able to make a visit to Washington yet because of weekend practices and school commitments, but he said he's hoping to make it up for a game in the very near future.

"I need to figure a good weekend out for me and my dad to go up there," Guice said. "I'm hoping to get up there before the end of the season, but I need to talk to my dad about the best time to do that."

As far as official visits, Guice said he expects to visit California, Oregon State and Washington before he makes a commitment to anyone.

"I want to check out all the schools and make an educated decision," Guice said. "All three have good football programs and they use their tight ends as blockers and as receivers which can really prepare you for the NFL if you're good enough."

Guice and his Central Catholic teammates take on Gresham this Friday.

Carroll is ‘feelin' the Dawgs'

McClymonds (Oakland) OL/DL Allen Carroll has become a very popular young man since the start of the football season. While his five favorites – Washington, Oregon, Cal, Nebraska and UCLA – have all offered, his phone has been ringing off the hook with coaches from schools across the country calling to let him know they're looking at him as a prospect they may want on their roster in the near future as well.

"Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Louisville, Iowa, Iowa State and a bunch of other schools have been calling," Caroll said. "I'm still open to everyone, but I've pretty much narrowed my list of visits to Washington, Cal, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA, but nothing is set in stone yet."

The Huskies have always held a special place in Carroll's heart since they offered him this past spring and the fact that former teammate and current Husky RB Willie Griffin has been talking up Washington has helped their cause as well.

"Coach (Tim) Lappano and coach Willingham have called me pretty recently," Carroll said. "Coach Lappano was checking up on me and asked me how my season was going. He said he likes my attitude and how I play angry and that they want that attitude to come in and challenge for time right away.

"Willie also told me about the program and that he really likes it up there and that I can come in and play early if I'm better than the other guys they have. That's what's great about Washington – they'll play you if you're better no matter how experienced the other guys are. That means a lot."

As far as a leader among his top five, Caroll said he doesn't really have one, but "I've been feelin the Dawgs a lot lately. They're a good program and they played USC really tough on Saturday. They will get back and playing for them would let me be able to help them keep building what they have going on."

Carroll said he expects to take all of his visits before he makes a decision, but said none have been set at this point and time.

Carroll and the rest of the Warriors will face off against Salesian on Friday night.

Some other notes and tidbits…

The Huskies had between 75 and 100 recruits on the track while they were warming up for USC on Saturday and Dawgman's own Chris Fetters said he noticed Demitrius Bronson (Kentwood), Luther Leonard (Evergreen), Corey Laufasa (Evergreen), Alameda Ta'amu (Rainier Beach), Ronnie Hamlin (Timberline), Drew Schaefer (Eastlake), Taylor Lappano (Eastlake), Jermaine Kearse (Lakes) as well as players wearing the gear of Evergreen, Lakes, O'Dea, Eastlake, and many other high schools.

After speaking with several of the players in attendance there is a buzz going around about the program here locally.

Kearse said he could tell the Huskies were going to play the Trojans tough because of the way they were warming up. "You could see their energy was good and that they were ready to go," Kearse said. "I like Washington a lot and they are making a big impression on me with how they're playing."

Ta'amu said he loved the way the team played the whole game and that they were really close to winning. "They surprised me a lot and I think it would be fun to play there with that kind of team and excitement. The crowd was loud. My ears are still ringing."

We'll have more reaction this week from the players the Huskies had on the sidelines. Look for more recruiting blogs later this week… Top Stories