Recruiting Blog - 11/27

It's been a strange week for the Huskies. For the first time in years the Washington football team has a game following the Apple Cup and while the coaches are preparing for Hawaii, they have also been recruiting as well. Check out some updates on one of their top in-state targets, one of their commits and a player who is just starting to get some Husky interest.

Only one visit for Thompson?

Long considered one of the top recruits in the state of Washington, Kennedy TE/DE Everette Thompson has long been a sought-after prospect by the Washington Huskies and he took in the Apple Cup this past weekend and had some one-on-one time with head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"Yeah the game was good and we had a lot of fun with all of the recruits and stuff," Thompson said. "It was really loud in the stadium and the fans were really into it. I loved the atmosphere and it was a lot like I remembered it growing up.

"After the game coach Willingham wanted me to sit down and talk with him, so me and my family went in and sat down after the game and we talked for a while about things.

"Mainly it was about where I am in recruiting and where he says he wants the program to go. He said they are just a play or two away from winning a lot of these games they've lost and if you watch that's pretty much true. I feel like I could come in and help right away if I went there."

So did Thompson think about committing during his time with Willingham?

"Not really," Thompson said with a slight chuckle. "I mean, they're my favorite school and I grew up a fan of them, but I just want to continue looking at things.

"I'm officially visiting Washington on December 8th and it's going to be my only other visits (he visited Oregon in October). We'll see where I stand after the official visit. They are supposed to have a lot of guys in that weekend and it will be right after their game against Hawaii so it should be interesting and then I will sort of evaluate things after that."

Thompson is being projected as a defensive end for the Huskies, but he's open to playing tight end as well.

Is Noble still firm on the Huskies?

Earlier this month, Taft DT Craig Noble told that he was more solid on the Huskies than ever and, while his commitment to the Huskies remains strong, he said he expects to take at least two more visits along with his trip to Washington.

"I'm going to Washington on January 11th," Noble said on Monday night. "They wanted to space out their commits so we could be in there with some guys that they wanted so that we could all sort of mix in together.

"I'm still planning to visit Florida International and Utah as well, but those haven't been set in stone yet so I don't know the dates on those and then I'm thinking about visiting Oregon and Nevada, but I haven't really gotten that far with either of them."

So is there a reason Noble is visiting those schools even though he's "solid" to Washington?

"I just want to take a trip," Noble said with a laugh. "All of them know I'm a Husky, but they said they just want me to come and check things out. I talked to coach (Chris) Tormey about it and he said that's fine as long as I stay committed."

Noble and his Taft teammates lost on November 21st to Birmingham 50-7 to end their season earlier than they had hoped, but Noble had an outstanding season posting over 65 tackles while nabbing nine sacks and five forced fumbles.

His efforts also resulted in him getting an invite to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl to be played in Florida on January 4th.

"Actually I just got my film out to them because they wanted it for their highlights and stuff on their site," Noble said. "They want me at D-Tackle so they said they want my highlights from that side.

"I'll be going down there in January and I'll have fun down there and then I'll come back and the next weekend I will be at Washington and I will probably firm things up with them then."

We'll continue to track Noble's progress over the next few weeks and update things as they change.

Fogerson to have sit-down with Washington this week

It's been a mystery why Washington hasn't shown as much interest in O'Dea RB/S Johri Fogerson as some other schools have, but things changed this past weekend at the Apple Cup.

"It was a great game," Fogerson said. "They atmosphere was great and we all had a lot of fun because the crowd was going crazy and there were so many big plays.

"They lost, but the atmosphere was great and guys like Alameda Ta'amu and Everette Thompson were there with me and we were all talking about recruiting and possibly playing for the Dawgs."

Fogerson had told earlier this month that Washington wasn't really recruiting him, but that changed over the weekend.

"They talked to me after the game and asked me and my mom to come up for a visit this week so we're kinda getting ready to schedule that," Fogerson said. "It will probably be on Wednesday if we do it this week because they go to Hawaii this weekend and I have the State Championship Game on Friday night so I'll need to really focus on that.

"Coach Willingham just wants to talk to me and my mom about things and it sounded like they were getting close to offering me, but I'm not really sure yet."

For the season Fogerson has posted 2,248 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground for the Irish while posting 11 receptions for 177 yards and two more scores. He also has posted over 60 tackles and four interceptions from his safety position as well.

"I can play on either side I think, but most schools are looking at me on defense," Fogerson said. "I'll play wherever the school that I end up with wants me to play."

Fogerson claims offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State and California and increased interest from Ohio State, UCLA and Washington as well.

"I don't have any visit dates set up yet, but I'll be setting those up soon," Fogerson said. "I'm pretty much open to everyone and I want to check things out in the next few months before I make a decision."

Fogerson and his teammates take on Skyline on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome to decide the 3A state championship. Top Stories