Dawgman Insider Blog: June 2009

Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund was out at Summer 7-on-7's Tuesday evening and he ran into former Husky corner and current Pittsburgh Steelers CB Roy Lewis. Read on to find out what Scott saw at the workout as well as what Lewis had to say about several different subjects...

Posted by Scott Eklund
6/30/2009
7:40 pm

Tuesday Summer 7-on7's...

Dropped by UW today to check out the players working out. Comparing last week's workout to this week's workout, there were about 10 more players on the field (I counted 66 total).

One of those out on the field with the players was former Husky and current Pittsburgh Steelers CB Roy Lewis. I got to chat with Roy for a bit and he said a couple of very interesting things...

-- First, he noted that he's been working out with the team for the past week and that "it's tough keeping up with these guys. They work harder than we (the Steelers) do."

-- Second, he said the turnout was great and that he's working on a few that haven't made it out yet to get out to some of the workouts. He said "when I was here, I was usually the only corner that would show up so this is a great turnout and something I never saw in the time I was here."

-- Roy was working on different drills with the corners as they got warmed up, teaching them how to spot the ball and how to rotate their hips so they can avoid wasting steps.

-- Roy said the coaching staff is "just great, it's like night and day from when I was here".

-- Lastly, he said he's already got his Super Bowl ring and "it's heavy". He will work out with the current Huskies over the next four weeks and then head to Pittsburgh for the start of Training Camp on July 31st.

On the field Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean were all running the offense. Locker is the unquestioned leader, amping the guys up, getting them into certain drills and calling for huddles/breakdowns.

One of the standouts today was incoming freshman WR James Johnson. He was all over the place. He made one of the nicer catches of the day between a LB, S and a CB. Fouch put the ball exactly where it needed to be and Johnson went up and snatched it out of the air.

Lewis came up afterwards and said "I can't believe that kid is a freshman. He's going to be great for this team and in this offense."

CB Matt Mosley was getting coached up by Lewis most of the day. He was showing him different techniques for covering different receivers.

WR D'Andre Goodwin is very impressive with his quickness. It's very tough for DBs to get a jam on him at the line.

The linemen were on the other end of the field and they had a solid turnout today.

DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is just ripped right now. His arms are huge and he was terrorizing OT Ben Ossai who held his own at times as well.

DE Kalani Aldrich continues to impress with his sheer size (6-6) and outstanding wingspan. Even when he was blocked by one of the linemen, he was still able to get a hand on the "QB" (which was a standup pad).

At linebacker, Donald Butler is just a freak physically. His shoulders are huge and he's ripped beyond what I've seen of him before. He had an interception against Locker that was a thing of beauty as he dropped back into his zone.

Of the running backs, both Demitrius Bronson and Chris Polk looked great. Bronson appears to be in phenomenal shape and Polk wasn't lying when he told me he was 208 with 6% body fat.

Anyway, those were the players I noticed today. I'm going to try and get out on Thursday as well to check things out..

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Posted by Aaron Beach
6/30/2009
10:05 am


The latest on Josh Smith

The word on the street is that Josh Smith is getting ready to announce that he's headed to UCLA. Sounds like Ben Howland's handling of Kevin Love is a big factor in his decision making process. He has yet to announce a date for his decision but speculation is that could be coming in the next couple of weeks if not sooner.

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Posted by Aaron Beach
6/29/2009
8:30 pm


Open Gym report

It's hard not to get excited when you walk into Hec Ed, and Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, Nick Collison, Nate Robinson, Wil Conroy and Terrence Williams are there to put through the Dawgs through their paces.

First, since it's just my first time seeing the freshmen in action as Huskies, my perspective is going to be deliberately vague.

But the good news is, everything you've hoped or heard about Abdul Gaddy appears to be true. He does amazing things with the basketball – things that we saw Brandon Roy do 4 years ago. He changes tempo at will, and even his strides seem to change at random, making him for a nightmare to guard. Even for Wil Conroy who stalked his every move like a tiger waiting to pounce. The most surprising thing about Gaddy is his confidence as a scorer. He's known primarily as a playmaker, but skills as a scorer are top notch as well, and he's a better athlete than he gets credit for. He buried three pointers, runners and contested lay-ins with ease, and though his court demeanor doesn't scream confidence, his game brims with it.

It should come as no surprise that Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas love going at each other, and they go hard. Both jaws are constantly in motion and Nate clearly draws the fire out Thomas.

Mathew Bryan Amaning still oozes massive potential. Enough for Nick Collison to come to the sideline wondering who he was. It's no secret that Matthew is at his best when he's playing simple – Nothing has changed. His body is a sinewy knot of bulging muscles – There's no doubt he can be physically dominant if he can tie it all together. As the Huskies only true post, he'd better.

There's nothing more enjoyable than watching Elston Turner when he's in the groove, and he had it going today. His long range game is his specialty, but he's developing a nasty pump fake–pull up 15 footer that was almost automatic. He's the quiet assassin on the floor, and no matter who he teamed with, it appeared that everyone of the floor expects him to make everything he shoots. Even the pros.

CJ Wilcox deferred to his higher profile teammates for the most part, but he's definitely got game and a nice feel. It's going to take some time for him to get comfortable and show us what he's got, but it doesn't take a Scout to tell that he's got some serious skills. The couple of times he led the fast break, he looked smooth and natural with the ball in the open court.

Gant was sitting on the sidelines resting a slight groin pull and he'll be back in action next week. Breshers is still healing, and Suggs and Holiday are spending time back home with their families. Pondexter is of course playing with the USA U20 team and is apparently raising quite a few eyebrows

Spencer Hawes may be an NBA All-Star next year.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/29/2009
3:40 pm

Three recruiting updates...

Spoke with three kids who UW is after pretty heavily and all three gave me the rundown on their situations...

-- Los Alamitos (Ca.) CB Shaq Richardson - He's been climbing up the charts as far as DBs on the west coast are concerned. He told me Washington is the school he was very interested on early in the process and he said he's only gotten more interested in them.

"I love coach (Demetrice) Martin and coach (Steve) Sarkisian," Richardson said. "They are very upbeat and they don't even talk about themselves as if they were 0-12 last year. They say they are going to win and that 'Expect to Win' is their motto."

As reported by Scout.com's Allen Wallace today, Richardson is a big fan of UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, but he also told me Washington will definitely get another chance to impress him when he sets up his official visits.

"The three I'm for sure taking are Arizona State, Utah and Washington," Richardson said. "I'm probably going to take all five of my visits, but I'm not sure if I will wait that long. I might decide during the season, but it will probably be after it."

-- Punahou OL Kaiwi Crabb - Spoke to Crabb recently and he said his visit to Washington June 12th and 13th went great and it helped him see what he could expect if he committed to UW.

"It was great just sitting down and talking with the coaches," Crabb said. "They were really personable and they showed me why I should go there. They said I could have a chance to compete for time quickly if I came there.

"They are real confident in what they have and where they could go this year. It was really cool."

After visiting Washington, Crabb also took in a day at Oregon's camp and said the Ducks are a program that has him intrigued.

"They haven't offered yet, but they could be close to doing it," Crabb said. "I like them and what the school and program has to offer, but even if they offered I wouldn't be looking to commit to them (right away).

"I want to take some visits and just make sure I make the right decision. I like all the schools that have offered (Colorado, Hawaii and Washington) and Oregon could offer and I have a bunch of other schools who are looking at me too."

-- Waialua OL Micah Hatchie - Hatchie, along with Crabb, are both being looked at by UW as tackle prospects. Hatchie and his teammate (Graham Rowley) both had offers from UW but Rowley committed to BYU a few months ago. However, Hatchie is giving UW a longer look.

"They have a great staff up there now," Hatchie said. "The coaches up there are great and I feel real close with coach (Johnny) Nansen. I want to get up there for a visit and I might do that before the season starts, but it will probably be on an official during the season instead."

Hatchie has his choice of schools to attend, including Oregon, Cal, Arizona (although the Wildcats may be out now that they have three tackle commits already in the fold), Colorado and Hawaii along with Stanford as well.

I expect the Huskies to make a very strong play for Hatchie's commitment and they have a very good shot of getting him to commit down the road.

That's the latest on those three. I should have more as the week progresses...

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/29/2009
8:17 am

Monday Notes...

-- Had a great chat session last night. About 50 people in there talking Husky recruiting as well as Husky football. Try and join us every Sunday night (right around 6 p.m.). Kim Grinolds, Chris Fetters or I will be in there to chat about things and we usually have some very knowledgeable insiders show up as well.

-- Got a chance this past weekend to chat with RB Chris Polk who looks in great shape. He said he's down to 6% body fat now after being 12% at the start of winter conditioning. He said he weighs 208 right now and hopes to add another two pounds before the start of camp.

-- I'm heading down to Summer 7-on-7's tomorrow and Thursday and will have more info on the guys that are out there. More and more freshman will be starting to arrive very soon, so it will be my first chance to watch them as well.

-- Speaking of the start of camp, UW's official site has released the schedule for fall camp. Here are the dates although remember they are always subject to change...

Key Dates for UW Football, Fall 2009
Mon., Aug. 10 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 11 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 12 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 13 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 14 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 15 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sun., Aug. 16 - Picture Day (no practice)
Mon., Aug. 17 - Two-a-Day Practices
Tue., Aug. 18 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 19 - Two-a-Day Practices
Thu., Aug. 20 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 21 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sat., Aug. 22 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 23 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 24 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 25 - Two-a-Day Practices
Wed., Aug. 26 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 27 - Two-a-Day Practices
Fri., Aug. 28 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 29 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 30 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 31 - Practice
Tue., Sept. 1 - Practice
Wed., Sept. 2 - Practice
Thu., Sept. 3- Practice
Fri., Sept. 4 - Practice
Sat., Sept. 5 - Huskies vs. LSU, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Here's the full release as well: Key Dates For Football Fall Practice

That's all for now, but check back later for some recruiting info on a couple of guys that I hope to be in touch with later this morning...


Posted by Scott Eklund
6/27/2009
12:20 pm

Camp prospects who received offers...

Today Chris Fetters and I were able to verify four players who received offers from the university of Washington.

They are...

Central Catholic (Portland) DE Brennan Scarlett (2011)
Archbishop Murphy (Everett) DE Taniela Tupou (2011)
Crespi (Encino, Ca.) DE Hroniss Grasu
Bethel DE/DT Happy Iona

Fetters will have a full write-up on what we saw at camp the past two days and over the next few weeks we will have updates on some of the campers including some of the underclassmen who were on hand.


Posted by Scott Eklund
6/27/2009
12:20 pm

New Saturday Rising Stars participants...

In addition to Fetters' list that he posted on Friday afternoon, here's a list of guys that we have been able to confirm (over the past week or so) that would be in attendance today...

WR Kasen Williams Skyline
WR/TE Christian Wesley Central Kitsap
OL Jase Butorac Skyline
RB Deontae Cooper Citrus Hill (Perris, Ca.)
DE Andrew Hudson Redlands East Valley
DE/DT Happy Iona Bethel
DE/DT Taniela Tupou Archbishop Murphy (2011)
DE Brennan Scarlett (2011)
DE Hroniss Grasu Crespi (Encino, Ca.)
CB Kenneth Acker Grant (Portland)
OL Evan Day Skyline
DE Xavier Cooper Wilson (Tacoma)
OL Ben Gottschalk Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Ca.)
OL Michael Stead Skyline
LB Anthony Dematteo Skyline
OL Deshea Taylor Aberdeen (formerly of Foster)


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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/27/2009
12:15 pm

Some more player notes...

Ran into OT Drew Schaefer and C Mykenna Ikehara. Both look in great shape. Ikehara told me he weighs 260 right now, so that goes with my thinking that he won't likely see the field much this year as he adds weight to get bigger, but as I noted in yesterday's blog, DT Alameda Ta'amu said he's stronger than a 300 pounder and Ikehara is his least favorite OL to face.

Schaefer looks like he's about 285 and he told me that's what he's getting close to. His chest is filling out and you can see it in his arms a bit how much work he's put in this offseason.

Also saw James Johnson on the field. He told me that the only two freshman on campus are Desmond Trufant and himself. He said he's right at 6-1, 190 right now, but he said he's like to be about 195 or 200 by the time the season rolls around. His brother, Greg Taylor, who coaches DBs at Palomar College, is a guest coach working with the DBs this weekend.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/26/2009
8:45 pm

Some pictures from the spaghetti feed for Andrew Moritz:

So here are some snapshots of the "Pasta Feed 2009", held Friday at the Conibear Shellhouse.

Will Conroy and Brandon Roy:


Jamal Crawford and Todd MacCulloch:


Spencer Hawes:


Lorenzo Romar and Nick Collison:


Former UW teammates Andrew Moritz and Grant Leep:


Here's a group shot of all the celebrities that attended. See how many you can name...

Posted by Chris Fetters
6/26/2009
8:05 pm

Some notes from the Carbo-load...

The Dawgman guys were at the pasta feed for former UW basketball player Andrew Moritz Friday night at the Conibear Shellhouse. It doubled as a carbo-load for those that are going to partake in the Rock N' Roll Seattle Marathon on Saturday.

The former UW players there included Brandon Roy, Will Conroy, Spencer Hawes (who was the host of the event), Grant Leep (who just became an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific), Todd MacCulloch, Jan Wooten and Hans Gasser. Washington Head Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar was also in attendance, as well as former Rainier Beach star Jamal Crawford, who was recently traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and former Seattle Sonic Nick Collison, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Probably the biggest news of the night was that Conroy, who has been playing with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBDL, has been contacted by the Houston Rockets, and will try out with the team. This comes on the heels of rumors that the Rockets are reportedly "leaning toward" accepting a trade with the Phoenix Suns, that would bring All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa to Houston in exchange for Tracy McGrady, Carl Landry, and Aaron Brooks.

Bringing in Conroy would make sense for the Rockets, as he could fit well in the role potentially vacated by Brooks.
Posted by Scott Eklund
6/26/2009
2:30 pm

Some player updates...

Was up at UW this afternoon and spoke with DT Alameda Ta'amu, DE Everette Thompson, OT Cody Habben and C/G Ryan Tolar.

All four of them look in great shape. Ta'amu told me he's down to 330 (he played at 370 last season according to him) and he said he's benching 415.

Ta'amu mentioned his least favorite offensive lineman to face off against is Mykenna Ikehara. Said while he isn't 300 pounds, he plays stronger than that and that he's a great guy off the field, but on the field, you don't want to go up against him.

Thompson is cut and his arms have gotten bigger. He looks like he's probably in the 250 range now and he looks ready to go.

Both Tolar and Habben have lost the guts they sported last year. Habben told me the entire mentality of the team has changed. He said he realizes that fans hear that every year, but he said after last season which he said was really hard on him mentally, he said they feel like everything is new and they (the team) can't wait to get things started in six weeks so they can show everyone that the team has changed.



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Posted by Aaron Beach
6/24/2009
3:45 pm

Here's what I know

Romar's been actively recruiting beyond Desmond Simmons so we knew something was amiss. They're hard after Josh Smith and John Gage, and I'm pretty sure they'll take both of them if they get the chance. They won't be using the open scholarship for 09'

Gage will wait until he finds out if he's admitted into Stanford, which should happen in the next month or so. If he gets in, he'll choose between Stanford, Washington and California. If he doesn't get in, then it's obviously between the other two schools.

Clarence Trent and Tyreese Breshers are suddenly in the spotlight behind the two known quantities Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. This could also shift things more towards a three guard starting lineup with Quincy Pondexter at the 4. Regardless, we could see Pondexter spending as much as 50 percent or more of his minutes in the post. Too me, with so much depth at guard, it may not be a bad thing. Also, we could see another season of Joe Wolfinger, who was set to go to the Citadel, but might stick around now because of Charles Garcia not qualifying. I've heard he's finally fully healed and visibly more mobile. It's going to take an awful lot for me to jump on that bandwagon again though.

Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox have arrived, which means Beach is heading to open gym next week.

The (rather surprising) word I've gotten is that Wilcox has the second highest bench press of all the guards behind Pondexter, diminishing my concerns about his ability to contribute early in his career. Last summer I told you guys Elston Turner was advanced beyond his years and was going to play immediately. It has been intimated to me that CJ is even more prepared and polished than Elston was when he arrived. He may still redshirt because of the logjam of guards.

Not surprsingly, Gaddy has been everything as advertised. Holiday is home for the summer and Clarence won't be showing up until mid-July.

That's what I know.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/23/2009
9:00 pm

Summer seven-on-sevens

Dropped by Montlake today and watched the players work out for a little over an hour. My guess is they were there for about 90 minutes since I was a bit late and they already had a good lather going.

QB's Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch were leading the 7-on-7's with the receivers, DBs and linebackers.

OL Ryan Tolar and DT Cameron Elisara seemed to be leading the OL/DL workout, but it was tough to tell.

There were some players missing, but about 50 (or so) players were out running and working on technique as well as getting reps.

Of those I saw, WR Jordan Polk looks in great shape and showed outstanding quickness.

S Alvin Logan is huge, but I was told by one of the other players that he's actually below 220 now and he looks ripped.

Locker really looked to be on, throwing on time with several of his receivers on different routes. It really looks like he's worked hard on his mechanics to deliver the ball quicker and to put it in the most advantageous spot.

WR Jermaine Kearse is running much crisper routes than he was last year. He looks in good shape.

WR Anthony Boyles has added some muscle and looked really fluid. He's shaved his head as well, not sure if that will last until the season or not, but he was clean shaven today.

CB Vonzell McDowell looks really quick, but he's still on the small side. He was breaking on passes well and almost picked on off when he jumped a route, getting to the designated spot for the route before the receiver did.

LB Mason Foster was all over the place, covering backs as well as TE's Chris Izbicki and Kavario Middleton. He looks in great shape and seemed to be leading the defensive side of the ball, along with S Nate Williams.

DT/DE De'Shon Matthews has definitely added size to his frame. He's still not very big, maybe 270 or so, but he's really filled out and looks very muscular.

Freshman OT Terence Thomas is out of the boot he was wearing during the spring, but he still looks small for an OL, so he needs to really focus on the weights this summer and throughout the season.

Tolar and Elisara went at it in one-on-ones with each winning a turn. They were intense in their competition, but were joking around together shortly thereafter.

C Mykenna Ikehara still looks a year away to me. He's a good athlete, but he just isn't very big yet and I would say he's a longshot to start this year, but after a full year in the new weight program, I bet he comes out as a redshirt sophomore and lights it up.

Those are just some quick observations on what I saw. We will try and make it out at least once a week to get a look at the players over the next month and a half.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/23/2009
2:30 pm

Tivao status update

Just spoke with a coach at Cerritos and they are expecting him to be fully qualified by the end of July.

He said Johnny took four classes in the spring and passed all but a math class which he is re-taking during summer and will finish up third week of July. Said he expects him to be good to go when it's all said and done.

So it looks like Washington is set to get all of their JC guys qualified and from what we've been able to verify, it looks like all the high school signees should qualify as well.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/23/2009
11:09 am

Mafoe's status looks good

Just spoke to a coach at El Camino and he told me OT Daniel Mafoe is finishing up his math class and just needs the grade to post. This coach said that Mafoe has been in the classroom with his teacher making sure he got everything done and that his grade is fine so it was just a matter of finishing up some stuff.

Said he expects him to be up in Seattle in the next few weeks. If this ends up working out, this could be huge news for the Huskies and their 2009 offensive line.

I will have more later when I find out exactly when he will be in town and I will also continue to try and touch base with Cerritos DT Johnny Tivao and his coaches about his status.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/22/2009
8:40 pm

Pictures of new field turf

Dawgman.com was able to take a couple of pictures of the new field turf at Husky Stadium, from the north side of the stadium.






Posted by Kim Grinolds
6/22/2009
8:28 pm

DuRocher is headed to Central Washington

Dawgman.com was able to confirm Monday evening that former Husky QB Johnny Durocher will head to Ellensburg to play one season at Central Washington University.

DuRocher spent two seasons with the Oregon Ducks and three with the Huskies before suffering a concussion against Stanford in 2006.

He will have one year of eligibility in Division II and will move there this month.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/22/2009
6:19 pm

Cali kicker will visit Washington this summer

A little over a month ago, there was some controversy whether Colton (Ca.) K Alejandro Maldonado had made a commitment to Washington or not. He told Dawgman.com today that he doesn't want to make a decision until he sees Montlake and checks out the program up close and personal and if he likes what he sees in the next few weeks he could officially put his name on the Husky commit list...

"I'm not making a commitment until I see them," Maldonado told Dawgman.com. "Some people out there were putting words in my mouth, saying I committed and stuff, but I haven't done that yet. I talked with my coaches and they said I should meet with the coaches and see the campus and the school before I commit so I'm probably going up there in the next week or two to check it all out."

Maldonado said schools such as UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State have all been in touch with him, but Washington remains his only offer.

"It's all about Washington for me," Maldonado said. "I really like the coaches I've talked with and my coaches have told me it's a great school and they have a great tradition there.

"I know I would have a chance to go in there and play early and if that's the case then that is why I like them a lot."

Maldonado said after his visit to Montlake in the next few weeks he will be ready to make his decision and we at Dawgman.com will have it for you when that happens.

Until then, keep checking back for more information on this outstanding kicking prospect.

Alejandro Maldonado Scout Profile

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/21/2009
10:30 am

Johnson is itching to get started

When last we spoke with Valley Center (Escondido, Ca.) WR James Johnson, he had just signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Washington.

Now, a mere four months later, he's already in Seattle and ready to get his college football career started.

"I just graduated last week and I just got up here (on Friday)," Johnson told Dawgman.com. "I mean, it's unbelievable to me that in a few short months I will be playing D-1 football and be playing Pac 10 ball."

Johnson is a player the Husky coaching staff has touted as having the ability to come in and play right away.

"I don't know, I'm just going to go out and compete," Johnson said. "I heard that their maing guys, guys like Jermaine (Kearse) and Devin (Aguilar) had good springs and D'Andre (Goodwin) has speed and experience, so I know it just won't be handed to me, but I've worked hard and I'm looking forward to getting the chance to get out there and compete for a starting job."

As a senior in 2008, Johnson caught 69 passes for 1,458 yards and 19 touchdowns and had a 99-yard kickoff return.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/20/2009
5:36 pm

2009 signee updates...

I spoke with several players this afternoon from the 2009 recruiting class (signed this past February). Here's what they had to say...

Wilson (Tacoma) CB Desmond Trufant - I was unaware he just had his wisdom teeth out so he was a bit out of it, but he told me really quickly that he plans to take part in the Bridge Program and will be on campus July 12th.

Tustin (Ca.) DT Chris Robinson - He was with some friends, so he didn't have much time, but told me he will be on campus next month (most likely for the Bridge Program). He said he's weighing in at 280 right now and is "ready to get it started."

Valley Center (Escondido, Ca.) WR James Johnson - Arrived late last week and was on campus to watch the 7 on 7 tourney going on. I spoke to him this afternoon and he said he's ready to come in and challenge for time. "I have my physical tomorrow and I can start working out with the team when they start that up." Johnson noted that he just graduated last week and his parents and family took him to the airport. "It was pretty emotional and I'm like 'I can't believe I'm starting to play college football now."

I will have a full write-up on what he had to say soon...

Punahou TE/DE Kimo Makaula - Is fully qualified and will enroll at UW for the Bridge Program. "I will be there on July 10th and then we start on the 12th."

That's it for right now, but I expect to reach more down in the near future...

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/20/2009
9:35 am Per Skyline Head Coach Mat Taylor on the Dawgman.com on KJR radio show Saturday morning, Skyline WR William Chandler will be walking on to Washington. He is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound WR prospect.


Posted by Scott Eklund
6/19/2009
10:25 am

Morning recruiting thoughts and missives...

Spoke to a few prospects last night, mostly linebackers, but a line prospect as well...

As far as Loyola OL Colin Tanigawa is concerned, he is visiting UW until Saturday (tomorrow). He has Washington very high on his list, but he also likes the fact that WSU has open time as well. The Huskies are recruiting him as an interior player (center or guard). He said there is a chance he could commit this weekend, but he doesn't expect to because he his going to head to UCLA's camp on Monday. He said "I really have liked Washington all along because they were the first to offer me. All of these other schools are coming on now, but they were first and that's a big deal to me." I'll have more from him after he finishes his visit.

Washington already has two outside linebackers committed with Auburn's Chris Young and Lakes' Darius Waters already in the fold. However, both of them appear to be outside linebacker prospects, so here is a look at what they are after as far as middle linebackers are concerned.

Crenshaw (Los Angeles) LB Hayes Pullard - Spoke to Hayes on Thursday just to check in and he told me his top five are USC, UCLA, Florida and Notre Dame and then Washington and he said "probably Arizona State would have to be in there too, but right now, those are the schools I'm focused on." Pullard has long been considered a USC lean and I think he's only waiting because he's been counseled to do that by those close to him. I expect him to be a Trojan, but at this point Washington still has a glimmer of hope.

Culver City (Ca.) LB Victor Burnett - He skyrocketed up recruiting boards as teams got more of a look at him and Washington was one of the schools that got in on things relatively early. From speaking to him last night I expect them to be a player for him all the way to the end and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he ends up a Husky. He told me Washington is one of his top schools, but also said "I really like Oklahoma and their tradition of linebackers a lot and Nebraska, Cal and Arizona State are right up there as well."

Loyola (Los Angeles) LB Bronson Green - This guy is a hard-nosed player who flies around and makes plays. He isn't super-athletic, that's why he doesn't currently have any offers yet, but he's very smart and he's about as sure a tackler as you get. If Pullard and Bailey opt to go elsewhere I expect Washington to offer Green pretty quickly.

Eisenhower (Yakima, Wa.) LB Seth Kline - He's another player who could see an offer depending on the commitments of some other players. He's quiet, but he puts up lots of big numbers and he runs well. His issue is that he isn't good playing in reverse and that apparently has caused some schools to be concerned with him. One of the eastern Washington high school coaches I spoke with told me Kline is one of the best linebackers he's seen in high school and whoever gets him will be really happy they got him because he lights up everyone he hits.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/18/2009
1:00 pm Quincy Pondexter made the World University Games team! Click here to read the story.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/18/2009
10:15 am

2009 PAC-10 FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

Thu., Sep. 3
 7:15 p.m.
 Oregon at Boise State
 ESPN2

Sat., Sep. 5
 12:30 p.m.
 San Jose State at USC
 FSN

 7:00 p.m.
 Maryland at California
 ESPN2

 7:30 p.m.
 LSU at Washington
 ESPN

Sat. Sep. 12
 1:00 p.m.
 UCLA at Tennessee
 ESPN

 5:00 p.m.
 USC at Ohio State
 ESPN

 7:15 p.m.
 Purdue at Oregon
 FSN

 8:00 p.m.
 Oregon State at UNLV
 CBS College

Sat., Sep. 19
 12:30 p.m.
 USC at Washington
 ABC

 12:30 p.m.
 Utah at Oregon
 ESPN

 3:45 p.m.
 Cincinnati at Oregon State
 FSN

 7:15 p.m.
 Kansas State at UCLA
 FSN

Sat., Sep. 26
 12:30 p.m.
 California at Oregon
 ABC

 4:30 p.m.
 TBA (12-day selection)
 Versus

 7:15 p.m.
 TBA (12-day selection)
 FSN

Sat., Oct. 3
 12:30 p.m.
 Washington at Notre Dame
 NBC

 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 4:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 Versus

 5:00 p.m.
 USC at California
 ABC

Sat., Oct. 10
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 4:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 FSN

Sat., Oct. 17
 12:30 p.m.
 USC at Notre Dame
 NBC

 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 4:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 Versus

 7:00 or 7:15 p.m.
 Washington at Arizona State
 FSN
 
Sat., Oct. 24
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 5:00 p.m.
 Oregon State at USC
 ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

 7:15 p.m.
 Arizona State at Stanford
 FSN

Sat., Oct. 31
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 4:30 p.m.
 WSU vs. Notre Dame @San Antonio
 NBC

 5:00 p.m.
 USC at Oregon
 ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Sat., Nov. 7
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 FSN

 4:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 FSN

 5:00 p.m.
 USC at Arizona State
 ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Sat., Nov. 14
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 4:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 Versus

 7:15 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 FSN

Sat., Nov. 21
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 3:30 or 7:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 FSN

 4:30 or 7:00 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 Versus

Sat., Nov. 28
 12:30 p.m.
 TBA (12- or six-day selection)
 ABC

 5:00 p.m.
 Notre Dame at Stanford
 ABC

 7:00 p.m.
 UCLA at USC
 FSN

Thu., Dec. 3
 6:00 p.m.
 Oregon State at Oregon
 ESPN

Sat., Dec. 5
 12:30 p.m.
 Arizona at USC
 ABC

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/18/2009
8:15 am

Semisi Tokolahi is heading to Seattle...

I spoke with him last night and he told me that he was all set to move to Seattle and that his family is moving to the Emerald City as well so he's unaware of when he will be on campus. He said he is planning to enroll in the Summer Bridge Program, but because he is going to move here with his family that might not happen.

He said he's been running every day as well as lifting and is "in the best shape of my life". He also said he's talked with the coaches pretty regularly and that they have let him know that PT is available and that they expect him to come in and compete for time.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/17/2009
7:40 pm

Spoke with P William Mahan this evening just to get an update and he said that he is just waiting for his transcripts to make it up to UW to be reviewed to make sure all of the "i's are dotted and the t's are crossed". He was hoping to make it up to Montlake this month to take part in the summer workouts, but because of the small delay he won't be up here until mid July.

He said he's been working out and "staying in as good a shape as I can working out by myself" and he says he will be ready to go once he arrives on campus.

He and Erik Folk have become pretty good friends and speak frequently about things.

Also, as mentioned over the weekend, I spoke with El Camino S David Batts who arrived this weekend and has already enrolled in summer classes and is working out with the team (offseason workouts started Monday). I will have more from him down the road...

Dominique Gaisie, the corner from Mt. San Antonio, has two classes to finish up in summer quarter and will not arrive until late July, but I've been told my several close to his recruitment that fans need not worry about him qualifying.

TE Dorson Boyce arrives in a week (at least that was timeline he gave me) and is fully qualified and will be in town for most of summer conditioning.

The two players we are still working to find out the status of are El Camino OT Daniel Mafoe, who was expected to challenge for PT as soon as he arrives on campus and Cerritos DT Johnny Tivao. I will be speaking to both of their coaches in the near future to get an update on how close either are to qualifying.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/17/2009
3:15 pm

The latest news coming from Montlake revolves around their new position coach. Klayton Adams, a GA who was penciled in to also be the tight ends coach, left in the spring to take over as an assistant coach at Sacramento State.

The new GA/TE coach is expected to be former ASU TE Brent Miller. This news is also being reported by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Miller is probably known best for being the player that caught a TD pass from Rudy Carpenter to help the Sun Devils beat UW in overtime in 2006.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/17/2009
8:15 am

Morning news links...

--Andy Katz, ESPN's college basketball analyst put out a list of the top 25 (or 40) programs in the country right now and he has Washington at number 14.

--Buster Sports' Brad Dopke has Washington ranked 89th in the country and he gives a brief overview of each facet of the team.

--ESPN Pac 10 blogger Ted Miller takes a look at the possible Pac 10 players who could end up as first or second-team All-Americans and, not surprisingly, there is nary a Washington player on the list -- save for the brief mention of Jake Locker at the end.

--Miller also asked if the large number of transfers from Oregon could portend trouble on the horizon for the Ducks.

--Lastly, the AP reports that both Qwest Field and Husky Stadium are finalists to be host sites for the World Cup should it be awarded to the US in either 2018 or 2022.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/16/2009
4:20 pm Here's the Skills and Drills on the Hill recap, straight from Skyline High on the Plateau. Click here to read the story.

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Posted by Kim Grinolds
6/16/2009
3:20 pm I spoke with Holenn Roussel, father of Washington linebacker Bradly Roussel, and he confirmed that Bradly has left Washington and is looking to play at a smaller school, probably closer to home.

Holenn said that the split was amicable, and the family holds no ill will toward the new staff for how things ended up with Bradly.


Posted by Chris Fetters
6/15/2009
4:20 pm To read the latest update on Corona, Calif. RB prospect Jordon James, click here

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/15/2009
3:35 pm To read the latest update on Kentwood center Josh Smith, click here

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/15/2009
1:30 pm

Spoke with Juanita head coach Shaun Tarantola this afternoon and he gave a quick update on some of his guys, two of which were at the Husky line camp on Sunday.

2011 OL Sam Shirley was on hand, but apparently tweeked his knee the day before in Juanita's spring game, so he merely watched apparently.

Tarantola said he expects Shirley to be fine in the next few weeks, but he will be unable to participate in the Washington State team camp the Rebels are heading over to this weekend.

He also noted that Shirley is in great shape and schools from up and down the west coast all came by wanting to get a look at him.

According to Tarantola 2012 OL Nathan Dean had an outstanding camp and has really improved. "He and Hobie Sisk are behind just because they are just learning out system, but both are going to be great down the road and they improved a lot over the course of our spring practices," Tarantola said.

Also, 2011 C Cody Treddenbarger and 2011 LB Jeremiah Laufasa also had big springs with Laufasa (who is Senio Kelemete's cousin) posting a 4.59 40 time which was half a second better than he posted at this time (5.1) last year at this time.

"It was like night and day," Tarantola said. "His explosiveness was very evident and you can really see how he's really changing his body and adding muscle.

"He's up to 200 pounds now and we think he can add a little more before the season too."

Tarantola is pretty excited about the line he will have available in the fall of 2010 as Shirley and Treddenbarger will both be seniors and Dean and Sisk, as long as they reach their potential, will be juniors with two years of starting experience each.

We'll have more from some of the area coaches over the coming weeks as we head into the summer.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/15/2009
10:15 am

Scout.com's state rankings are underway

The state of Washington is in the first group of state rankings to be released. Here's the story.

State Rankings - 6/15/2009

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/15/2009
5:48 am

Morning news links...

--Bleacher Report's Ian Peterson takes a look at the good recruiting news the Huskies got over the weekend.

--ESPN's Mark Schlabach posted an article over the weekend asking what it would look like if the baskteball "Conference Challenges" were held on the gridiron as well.

--Phil Steele's preseason mag is out and Jon Wilner of the Mercury News takes a look at some of his predictions some of his predictions.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/15/2009
12:35 am

PORTLAND, Ore. - Dawgman.com's Aaron Beach was on hand to watch the Rose City Showcase this past weekend, namely the Friday Nights Main Event at Lewis and Clark College. Here's the lowdown on the players he saw, broken down by year. Rose City Showcase - The Checklist

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Posted by Chris Fetters
6/15/2009
12:30 am

I saw roughly 100 prospects at the PIAA Big Island Combine a week ago. Here's who stood out for the 2010 class. PIAA Big Island Standouts - 2010
Posted by Scott Eklund
6/15/2009
12:07 am

While the commitment of Oaks Christian (Westlake, Ca.) QB Nick Montana has proven to be a bit of a coup for the Huskies over the past week, Washington's coaches aren't resting on their laurels.

They are already hard at work on trying to evaluate 2011 signal-callers and one that has apparently piqued their interest is Centennial (Bakersfield, Ca.) QB Cody Kessler.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/15/2009
12:05 am

With the commitments of Lowe and Hartvigson, Washington now has 11 solid commitments and two soft verbals. How do their commitments influence what the Huskies can do with the rest of their offers? Click on the link to find out and discuss your thoughts on things...

How do Sunday's two commits influence the 2009 recruiting class?


Posted by Scott Eklund
6/15/2009
12:00 am

With the May evaluation period completed and Washington halfway through their football camps, it seems like a good time to start up the offseason Husky Blog which will deal with everything from football and basketball recruiting, to offseason workouts and other things having to do with what is going on at Montlake. Read on to get some of our thoughts and analysis and other tidbits as well...

Washington's coaches had to be thrilled with the commitment of two of their more coveted prospects on Sunday.

Here are the stories we published regarding the commitments of Bothell TE Michael Hartvigson and Jesuit WR/DB Keanon Lowe.

As an added bonus, the Huskies also had Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Ca.) OT Erik Kohler up this weekend on an unofficial visit as well.

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