Dawg Scraps - 12/05/2002

Recruiting is just about to hit overdrive starting with this weekend. It's only coincidence that it comes around the same time as the state football championships, but there are going to be some participants in the 2A, 3A and 4A games that are also being recruited by the Washington Huskies. Along with that, comes news of some reschedules, some confirmations and some news on Washington's frosh two-sport star, Nate Robinson.

State Stars: Todd Basler, Jeff Dicks, John Markus Pinard, Lee Driftmier, Tahj Bomar, Ryan Conwell, Drew Fowler and Jordan Carey are all players that are being recruited by the University of Washington, some more than others, and all will be playing in their respective state championship games either Friday or Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Basler and the Elma Eagles are lucky to still be alive, after they were the beneficiaries of one of the strangest plays you will ever see. In a Class 2A semifinal this past Saturday, Lynden Christian led 19-14 and had the ball at the Elma 49 with six seconds to play. Quarterback Mark Holleman took the snap and dashed toward his own end zone to run out the clock. When he got to the end zone, he dropped the ball and started celebrating. Elma linebacker Caleb Rose picked up the fumble for a touchdown, giving the Eagles an improbable 20-19 win.

Dicks, Pinard and Driftmier all play for Bellevue, and they are matched up against Lynden, in a rehash of last year's Class 3A final. The Wolverines beat the Lions last year 45-15.

Dicks is getting looks from Idaho, Portland State and the Ivy League. He has visits set up with Cornell and Pennsylvania. Pinard is sneaking up on some people, as he has done some remarkable things both ways for Bellevue. Husky OC Keith Gilbertson gave John Markus a call this week, so interest is there. He's got trips set up with Holy Cross, Georgetown (1/10) and Portland State (1/24). Driftmier has seven 'offers' from Ivy League schools, with Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth showing the most interest.

Expect all three of these players to get offered by Washington to walk-on, with Pinard perhaps having the best shot to land a possible offer, depending on how things shake out.

Speaking of the finalists, there are also some underclassmen Husky fans should start acquainting themselves with. Bellevue's JR Hasty is the first one to remember. The son of former Cougar James Hasty, JR is a phenomenal two-way talent and could be the top player to come out in two years. He's just 15, but has already become a huge contributor for the Wolverines.

Bellevue's John Coombs (S, Jr.), Kentwood's Will Thompson (RB, Jr.) and Capital's Tony Davis (RB, So.) are going to be underclassment to watch this weekend.

Johnson's decision on hold: Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo ATH Aaron Johnson had an in-home visit tonight with the Washington coaches, but did not make a commitment to UW. Right now he's still deciding between Washington and Washington State.

Bird in hand: We spoke briefly with Reggie Bush's Mother Tuesday night and she confirmed that Reggie will be in Seattle on Saturday with teammate Charles Smith for their official visits to Washington, even though Helix does have a playoff game the night before. She also let us know that Brent Myers will be visiting in-home tonight.

Schedule corrections: Brandon Mebane will be visiting Washington the weekend of December 13th. He's visiting Oregon this weekend. JUCO TE Jon Lyon is also visiting Washington the same weekend as Mebane. There will be full updates on both players later today.

Late addition: We have it on good authority that there will be one more visitor coming to Seattle this weekend. As of Wednesday night we weren't able to confirm this information but should be able to get a hold of the player's coach Thursday morning.

Better Nate than late: Nate Robinson will be suited up for tonight's hoops matchup between the UW's - Washington and Wyoming - at BOA arena. He's also going to be traveling with the team on this weekend's road trip to Santa Clara.

White-out: A UW football player came home from the Apple Cup to find white paint completely dumped all over his car and 'WSU' was scratched in the paint. The owner of the car? Cody Pickett.

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