Dawg Scraps - 1/6

With January upon us and 19 verbal commitments and 4 signees already in the fold, Washington is looking a lot like a school that is almost done with recruiting. But there are still some players looking around and the Huskies are still looking to fill some needs on the offensive and defensive lines and at running back. Here's some scraps that might help clarify where Washington is at and where they will be come February 5th.

Running on empty: Reggie Bush's news yesterday didn't help Washington's cause much, as he verbally committed to USC, as did Lendale White, a bruising back out of Colorado. Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines RB Cornell Johnson and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco RB Derrick Williams are prospects on the outside looking in, while Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln RB Louis Rankin appears to be the player UW wants. He's visiting Boise State this weekend, but loved Seattle on his official visit and the Huskies will be hard to beat.

Rankin's recruiting odyssey is eerily reminiscent of Kenny James' path. James took his visits and took his time mulling over his two finalists - UW and Fresno State - before finally picking Washington. Rankin could very well do the same thing.

Alvin makes it official: We reached Alvin Marshall yesterday and he confirmed he faxed in his letter to UNLV and will be starting school in Vegas in a couple of weeks. Maurice Drew made huge strides nationally with an impressive showing at the Cali-Florida Bowl, and we'll see if Washington tries to make a last-ditch effort to snag him. He's saying publically that he's open to any school that wants him.

Change in plans: Two players that had previously scheduled visits this coming weekend - Camarillo's Kyle Gunther and Loyola's Michael Horgan - will not be visiting. UCLA is making a big push for Gunther and are getting ready to land him. Kyle has made no bones about the Bruins being his top school. That makes Kamehameha lineman RJ Willing as the main UW OL target left on the board.

Horgan was looking at UW as a fall-back school in case he didn't get into Stanford. There has been a hold-up with his application, but that hasn't stopped him from changing his 1/10 visit date from Washington to the Farm. Current in-state commits Craig Chambers and Tahj Bomar are scheduled to visit Seattle this weekend.

Receiving good news: There are two main WR prospects left on the board that could certainly fall UW's way - Serra's Devin Stearns and Venice's BJ Vickers. Even though BJ probably won't take a visit to Washington, don't let that fool you - he's been to Washington's summer camp the last two years with teammate Eddie Miller and has a lot of love in his heart for Washington. Same with Stearns. Devin has visits set up for Ohio State and Arizona State, but look for this one to come down to the Ducks and Dawgs.

The next Nate?: When looking for a Nate Robinson-type playmaker, look no further than Temple City, California's Desmond Reed. At 5-9 and 175 pounds, Reed was all over the field during the Cali-Florida game and while Maurice Drew got his share of props Reed also earned plenty of kudos. Desmond is favoring USC but will be visiting Seattle on January 17th.

Dawgs getting defensive?: Defensively, Dwight Stephenson Jr and Rob Lewis are the two players Washington is looking at the hardest at the REB/DE position. Stephenson will be a tough lure out of Florida, but Rick Neuheisel is taking control of his recruitment and it should be a fun few weeks to see if Rick can pull that rabbit out of his hat. Lewis will be a little harder read, as he was already committed to USC and then asked to greyshirt. Now his recruitment is back to wide open, and he'll be a lot more cautious about making a commitment this time around. The Huskies have a great shot at him, and at 6-5 and 220 pounds he has the frame to add more pounds while keeping his 4.6-4.7 speed.

Dennis done?: Now that Carl Bonnell has enrolled at UW, will the Huskies still pursue Dennis Dixon? It sounds like they are done at QB, so Dixon will most likely go elsewhere.

The next legacy?: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco ATH Joe Cowan announced Saturday during the Cali-Florida game that UCLA and Washington were the two main schools he's looking at. With Karl Dorrell primed to make a huge surge late in the process, could he nab both Tim Cowan's son and Joe's teammate Derrick Williams? Chances are very good that could happen, but I expect Neuheisel to make a concerted effort to get Joe up to Seattle. Cowan's recruitment, as well as Williams', will be very interesting to follow.

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