Washington Football Recruiting: Shaq Thompson Commits To Huskies

The Washington Huskies have already secured 15 verbal commitments for the class of 2012. Steve Sarkisian is building quite the class, headlined by quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles.

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Jordan Payton Announces Today At 1:10 PM On ESPNU Between Cal, UW, UCLA

Jordan Payton is one of the top remaining targets of the 2012 recruiting class on the West Coast, and is probably one of the few wide receivers left who can make an immediate impact. Although he remains a soft verbal to Cal, he's still very much up for grabs and is set to make his decision on TV today.

Update: Payton is announcing at 1:10.

It's widely considered to be a three-team race between Cal, UCLA and Washington.

If Payton were to decommit, the Huskies are considered the favorite, as Tosh Lupoi was Payton's main recruiter at Cal and is probably prominently involved in his recruitment to Washington. UCLA is also a possibility as the hometown team as another lynchpin in Jim Mora's surging class. And there's still the possibility that Payton sticks with Cal, the school he committed to at the Army All-American Game.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, check out the California Golden Blogs. To talk about Washington football recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound. Head on over to Bruins Nation to check out UCLA football recruiting.


Shaq Thompson Commits To Washington Huskies Over Cal

Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies might have just landed their biggest recruiting victory when they picked up the prized jewel of the Cal recruiting class and got him to make the move to UW.

Shaq Thompson is considered one of the best safeties in the 2012 recruiting class. The Grant safety is the all-around package and was expected to be a game-changer as someone who could start the moment he made it onto campus. Thompson has always liked Washington, and it looks like the movement of his main recruiter was enough to make the difference in getting him to come Northwest. A few other factors could've also played a hand in his final decision.

Looks as if the poaching of Tosh Lupoi from Cal to Washington might've made the difference.

To discuss Thompson's commitment and Washington football recruiting in general, head on over to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about Cal football recruiting, check out the California Golden Blogs.


Zach Banner Announces For USC Over UW

The Washington Huskies had probably three top in-state targets they were looking at from this class: Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell, Puyallup offensive lineman Josh Garnett, and Lakes offensive lineman Zach Banner. They went zero for three.

Banner committed to the USC Trojans over Washington and Oklahoma at his announcement at Lakes. Banner says he will play two sports with both basketball and football on the docket, and he figures to be part of a strong (if not huge) recruiting class for Lane Kiffin and the Men of Troy.

Washington now has a very thin offensive line class, now that they've missed out on both of the top in-state offensive line recruits, with Garnett headed to Stanford and Banner on his way to USC. Nathan Dean, Jake Eldrenkamp and Cory English are three capable players for UW, but I know the Huskies would've liked to have at least one of Garnett or Banner.

To discuss Banner not joining UW and Washington football recruiting in general, go to UW Dawg Pound. To discuss Banner being on the Trojans, check out Conquest Chronicles. To talk about Oklahoma football recruiting, best to go to Crimson and Cream Machine.


Josh Garnett Picks Stanford Over Michigan

Joshua Garnett is one of the top West Coast offensive linemen, and his recruitment has been very heavy from many of the Pac-12 schools. But unlike many recruits, academics also played a big factor, and he eventually ended up with two schools. Although Garnett had eight schools factored into his commitment which included Oregon, Washington, Cal, USC, UCLA, and Miami, only the Stanford Cardinal and the Michigan Wolverines factored into the final decision. Both of them have great traditions of offensive line play, and great academics to boot.

In a ceremony at his high school at Puyallup, Garnett put jerseys on the wall, then took them down one-by-one. First came UCLA, then USC, then Miami, then Cal. After that down went Oregon and Washington. And finally Michigan went down, and Stanford was the choice. The recent Cardinal tradition of offensive line play combined with their great academics probably put Stanford over the top for Garnett.

To discuss Stanford football recruiting, go to Rule of Tree. To talk about Michigan football recruiting, head to Maize N Brew.


Cedric Dozier Will Visit Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies are still trying to land a marquee in-state recruit. Landing offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp is a step in the right direction. Could they somehow flip Cedric Dozier from Lakes?

Dozier is a wide receiver commit to the California Golden Bears, but the Huskies might have some advantages in this race. Eric Kiesau was his main recruiter at Cal, and he's now up in Seattle as the UW offensive coordinator. Kiesau has been coming hard for him, and after it seemed like Dozier reaffirmed his commitment to Cal, Washington ensured that the wide receiver would reassess his commitment.

With Washington having trouble in trying to land top recruits like KeiVarae Russell and Josh Garnett, it'd be huge for the Huskies to flip Dozier back to UW. He's a top-notch athlete who could thrive in any Pac-12 offense.

To discuss Dozier and the Huskies, head on over to UW Dawg Pound.


Josuha Garnett: Will Decide Between Michigan And Stanford On Thursday

Joshua Garnett, the No. 1 football recruit from the state of Washington in the class of 2012, will announce his commitment this Thursday afternoon.

The highly-touted offensive lineman will be deciding between the Michigan Wolverines and the Stanford Cardinal after eliminating Notre Dame this past weekend.

Garnett recently hosted Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke for an in-home visit this past weekend:

The visit with Michigan potentially helped its chances because it gave Garnett's family the opportunity to meet with Hoke face to face.

"Coach Hoke talked to my mom a lot, and she hadn't met him before," he said. "He talked a lot about what it meant to be a Michigan man and how you represent your family." (Via: ESPN)

Garnett also hosted Stanford and head coach David Shaw in an in-home vist last week as well.

A recent article by Gerry Valerio from MaxPreps.com thinks Stanford is the front-runner to sign Garnett:

Stanford (bank on it): Garnett gushed about his visit on Jan. 13 and the camaraderie he had with his fellow recruits. The Cardinal also had the opportunity to make the last, best impression. (Via: MaxPreps)

Valerio also mentions Garnett's 3.8 GPA and aspirations to study medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon. Stanford, widely considered one of the top academic institutions in the country seems like a good fit for Garnett.

To discuss Garnett and his recruitment head to Maize N Brew (Michigan) and Rule of Tree (Stanford).


Kenneth Walker: California Wide Receiver Commit Now Considering Washington

Kenneth Walker, a wide receiver recruit from Kennedy HS (Richmond, Calif.) will visit Washington next week according to Greg Biggins from ESPN.

The departure of California Bears Wide Receivers coach Eric Kiseau prompted Walker to re-open his recruitment — he had committed to the Bears in late August last year. Kiseau is now the offensive coordinator at Washington and figures to play a huge role in Washington's ability to sway Walker.

Rivals.com gave Walker a three-star rating; all but three schools from the Pac-12 had offered Walker before he committed to Cal. He is also is considering UCLA after going on a visit this past weekend.

SB Nation's California Golden Blogs offered this analysis of Walker prior to his commitment last summer:

Walker shows solid speed, good ability to push the pile. He does a good job goading his defenders inside on his end-arounds to think he's turning inside before making another cut to get to the outside, a skill that would be nice for him to replicate at the next level. Actually, I think of Walker as a potentially strong kick returner; he's very patient, waits for the blocks to unfold, and is very difficult for the opposition to take down.

Kennedy High Eagles #10 Kenny Walker (via tunemaster15)

To discuss Walker and his recruitment head to California Golden Blogs (Cal), Bruins Nation (UCLA) and UW Dawg Pound (Washington).


Zach Banner Enjoyed USC Visit, Prepares To Make College Decision

Zach Banner is one of the few remaining offensive tackles left on the West Coast that is still undecided on where he'll go to school. Banner took his final visit to USC, and it seems he might have a big decision to make. Greg Biggins tweets the following.

It's been speculated for a long time that Banner's top two favorites are probably the Trojans and the hometown Washington Huskies. Banner has also been considering schools like the Oklahoma Sooners, Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with Oklahoma a strong darkhorse contender. Banner could be a great tackle prospect for any of these teams, and he figures to be featured prominently early on during his college career.

To discuss Banner and USC football recruiting, go to Conquest Chronicles. To talk about Banner and Washington football recruiting, check out UW Dawg Pound. To talk about Banner and Oklahoma football recruiting, head on over to Crimson and Cream Machine.


Jordan Payton Open To Washington Huskies, Michigan Wolverines, UCLA Bruins

It looked so simple. Jordan Payton was going to be a California Golden Bear. Payton committed to Cal at the Army All-American game, and it looked as if he was going to be joining an elite college football class of wide receivers in the Bay Area.

But then both Eric Kiesau (Payton's position coach) and Tosh Lupoi (Payton's primary recruiter) bolted from Cal for UW in the past two days. Suddenly, although he's still committed to Cal, Payton is open to looking around, and his Twitter feed is full of up-to-the-minute updates. And it appears the Huskies are well in the mix with Cal, as Payton was visited by Lupoi and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. Payton will also be getting a visit from Michigan, and expect UCLA to pick up their recruitment. Adam Gorney of Rivals confirms as much.

Cal has a lot of fighting to do to keep one of their top wide receivers.

To discuss Michigan recruiting, head to Maize N Brew. To discuss Washington recruiting, check out UW Dawg Pound. To discuss Cal recruiting, go to the California Golden Blogs.


Brandon Beaver Has Not Committed To UW

It's unusual to report about a non-story, but this is apparently what we're dealing with.

Steve Sarkisian tweeted this earlier today.

Normally, when this happens, big recruiting news is on the horizon for Sark and the pups. It seemed to be confirmed mere minutes later.

Big win for Washington, as Brandon Beaver had been originally considering UW before Demetrice Martin bolted for UCLA. It was looking like UW finally had a big-time corner who could help steady their program.

Oh, wait a second, what's this?

Well, this is just one big giant mess.

The Huskies can't be happy at Scout, since Beaver was planning to announce on Signing Day. There was a good shot that Beaver really had decided to join up with UW, but you have to imagine he can't be happy with whoever published this story. Beaver is still taking visits and this could really make things more complicated than they should be.

To discuss Washington football recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Joshua Garnett: Commitment Date Set For January 26th

Offensive lineman Joshua Garnett will announce his college choice on Thursday, January 26th. The Puyallup HS product is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and is the No. 7 ranked offensive guard in the nation. Garnett will be deciding between Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford. Garnett took his last visit to Stanford this past weekend.

Greg Biggins from ESPN caught up with Garnett on Monday:

"I had great visits to all three schools, I have great relationships with the coaching staffs at each program and I'm very comfortable with the players and some of the recruits going to those schools as well. It's going to be a tough choice, but I'm excited to make it and looking forward to putting this recruiting process behind me." (Via: ESPN)

According to Dave Miller from the National Football Post, Garnett will host head coaches David Shaw (Stanford), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame) and Brady Hoke (Michigan) for final in-home visits before he makes his decision next Thursday.

To discuss Garnett and his recruitment at any of these three schools, head to Maize N Brew (Michigan), One Foot Down (Notre Dame) and Rule of Tree (Stanford).


Shaq Thompson Torn Between Cal And Washington After Tosh Lupoi Heads To UW

With Tosh Lupoi headed to the Washington Huskies, the California Golden Bears have to worry about holding onto their recruits. Top among the targets is probably one of the best recruits on the West Coast, Shaq Thompson.

Thompson publicly committed to Cal at the US Army All-American Game a few weeks ago, seemingly following in the footsteps of his brother Syd'Quan. But Lupoi was one of Shaq's primary recruiters, and Thompson seems to be openly reconsidering the Huskies.

There's a lot for Shaq to like about Washington, particularly the fact that now Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox helped recruit his brother when he was at Cal and that Lupoi will be joining them. Washington seems to have critical advantages in coaching that could go a long way toward securing his commitment.

To discuss Lupoi and Washington, head over to UW Dawg Pound. To discuss Cal football recruiting, go to the California Golden Blogs.


Michigan Football Recruiting: Josh Garnett Has Wolverines, Notre Dame, Stanford As Final Three Schools

Josh Garnett might be headed east or to Palo Alto. But perhaps the best offensive tackle in the state of Washington isn't looking like he's staying in-state.

Garnett announced his final list of schools, and the Washington Huskies are not mentioned. Garnett is instead leaning toward either the Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Stanford Cardinal and could be coming to a decision soon.

It's hard to say what soured Garnett on UW. Perhaps it was just that he liked what the other schools had to offer. All three schools have a nice balance of academics and athletics, and all three have had more consistent success than Washington. More importantly, all three teams seem to be putting a huge emphasis on offensive line play; Washington has rarely enjoyed good offensive line production this season.

To discuss Garnett and his recruitment at any of these three schools, head to Maize N Brew (Michigan), One Foot Down (Notre Dame) and Rule of Tree (Stanford).


Notre Dame Football Recruiting: KeiVarae Russell Will Choose Between Fighting Irish, Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies have had their eyes on a few big local prospects for awhile. Everrett Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell is pretty high on the list. Russell has reciprocated the interest, and has gone far enough to indicate that UW is among his top two, reports Greg Biggins of ESPN.

With Washington potentially losing Chris Polk, the Huskies will be undergoing a transitional period in their backfield. Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey both showed glimpses of their potential on the field, but neither really handled much of a load this season (neither tailback had more than 50 carries on the season total). So you'd expect Russell would get a shot to prove himself worthy to step in and compete for the starting job.

The other team though is Notre Dame. It's tough to beat the tradition of the Irish, and the glamour of playing at their always relevant football program. Russell would have a bigger uphill climb to earn the starting job, but there's a certain appeal at being the top tailback for the Fighting Irish.

Russell is set to make his decision soon, and Washington has to feel like they at least have a 50% shot.

To discuss football recruiting regarding either school, head to UW Dawg Pound to talk with Husky fans, and go to One Foot Down to talk with Irish fans.


Michigan Football Recruiting: Josh Garnett To Visit Ann Arbor For Ohio State Game

The Michigan Wolverines would love to land all the offensive linemen they can get their hands on. Brady Hoke helped rise San Diego State up to contend at the top of the MWC by getting physical in the trenches at San Diego State, relying on their offensive linemen to grind up the yards. He's been doing the same at Michigan, getting big-time linemen like Erik Magnuson and Kyle Kalis.

Joshua Garnett of Puyallup, Washington is one such offensive linemen the Wolverines would love to have Garnett has been open to exploring the eastern side of the country, and he has indicated he wanted to visit Michigan (along with Oklahoma and Miami). Garnett is serious enough about his interest in Michigan that he's taking a visit to Ann Arbor for next week's Ohio State game. He's also considering Stanford and will be visiting them for the Big Game.

Garnett is considered one of the top tackles and a lot of Pac-12 schools would like to have him, but it's clear his recruitment is still wide open.

To discuss Michigan football recruiting, check out Maize N Brew.


Michigan Football Recruiting: Josh Garnett To Visit Wolverines, Miami, Potentially Oklahoma

Josh Garnett is starting to finally open up about his recruitment, and it looks like his first visits will be toward the east and away from the Pac-12. The Puyallup offensive tackle is sure of at least two official visits he wants to take, and one potential official he would like to take. Justin Hopkins of 247 Sports with the report.

Although he has only one official visit set up, there are two other programs in good shape for a potential visit.

"I'm going to Michigan on Nov. 19 when they play Nebraska," Garnett said. "I'm also going to visit Miami at some point also. I'm thinking pretty seriously about visiting Oklahoma too."

Garnett has always been quiet on his recruitment--the only clue being this little tidbit about Stanford--so it's always hard to get a read on where he's favoring right now. But it has to feel good for both Miami and Michigan to at least be involved in the conversation at this point. Pac-12 schools shouldn't consider themselves out of the running, but they'll probably have to wait awhile before they can get a read on where Garnett wants to go. At this point it looks like the race is wide open.

For more on Michigan football recruiting, hit up Maize N Brew. For more on Miami football recruiting, check out The 7th Floor. For more on Oklahoma football recruiting, go to Crimson and Cream Machine.


Zach Banner Top 5: Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Washington

It's looking like Zach Banner could be going Midwest or West Coast after the release of his top 5 schools to Dirk Knudsen of the Northwest Prep Report. Here's the list of those schools.

  • The Michigan Wolverines: Michigan has returned to a physical style of football that relies on winning the trenches, and Banner could be one of those tackles trying to anchor things on the outside.
  • The Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Banner took his official visit to South Bend, and you have to imagine this prestigious program will be in the mix to land him until the very end.
  • The Oklahoma Sooners: A relatively new entry into this recruiting contest, you have to think Bob Stoops's team is a dark horse to land Banner. Still, Banner does have them up there.
  • The USC Trojans: Probably one of the favorites, Banner could team up with Jordan Simmons to provide one of the most intimidating one-two combos in terms of offensive line recruiting in this class.
  • The Washington Huskies: The prohibitive favorite until Banner shows any indication he wants to go anywhere else. The Lakewood product is a Washington local, and it appears like this could be Sark's battle to lose.

Here's video of him talking about the recruiting process and his football team.



For more on football recruiting at each of these schools, head to Maize N Brew (Michigan), One Foot Down (Notre Dame), Crimson and Cream Machine (Oklahoma), Conquest Chronicles (USC), and UW Dawg Pound (Washington).


Shaq Thompson Recruiting: Washington And Oregon Favorites Over Cal

The recruiting situation keeps on changing for Shaquille 'Shaq' Thompson. The Grant High athlete originally favored Cal and committed early in the process. But then he reopened his recruitment in order to explore his options.

First he visited Seattle and started to favor the Washington Huskies after his visit. Then he took a trip up to Eugene and said he really enjoyed his trip with the Oregon Ducks, making them the favorites. Adam Gorney of Rivals caught up with Thompson, and learned a little more about Shaq's recruiting process that provides a clearer picture of his top 3.

"Oregon and Washington are tied," Thompson said. "There is no leader, nothing like that. I like Oregon, I like Washington and I like Cal.

"Both schools (Oregon and Washington) have great coaches and a great program. I love both programs. Washington's stadium is crazy and I love it there because it's just like San Francisco and that feels just like home to me.

"I liked Oregon but the only bad thing is it's a little too small. It's like a box and you have to jam things in there but I love Oregon. They have a nice program there."


"Cal is No. 2 because Oregon and Washington are tied for first," Thompson said. "I love Cal but it's really just the way they're playing. They're doing good on defense but it's like the quarterback spot is where they're struggling. Cal needs a good quarterback because they have every other spot there

Basically, it's hard to tell anything up to this point. Considering Shaq just visited Notre Dame after the USC game, it's possible he could have a new favorite  coming out of this weekend. The situation with Thompson appaers to be pretty fluid.

To discuss Cal football recruiting, head to the California Golden Blogs. To talk Oregon football recruiting, check out Addicted to Quack. To learn more about Washington football recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound.


Shaq Thompson Seriously Considering Washington Huskies

One of the top athletes on the West Coast might not be just taking trips for the fun of it. Shaquille Thompson is actively looking around, and the Washington Huskies football program are one of the top targets. Inna Lazarev of Scout ($) and Greg Biggins of ESPN ($) caught up with the Grant High safety, and this is a free quote from the stories.

"I had a great time, I was actually surprised how nice it was up there," Thompson said. "I didn't really know what to expect coming in to be honest but the trip as a whole was better than I thought it would be. It's a real family atmosphere at UW and I loved being around the players and coaches."

Shaq has long been considered a Cal lean because of the Grant connection--Vei Moala and Puka Lopa committed to Cal last year, and his brother Syd'Quan Thompson is one of the best cover corners in Golden Bear history.  However, the presence of friend and fellow defensive back James Sample in Seattle would be a nice presence to tempt him toward the Northwest. As time wears on in the process it's not a huge surprise that he'd be recipient to other offers. Right now it looks like Washington and Cal are the two leaders to land him come LOI day.

For more on Husky football, check out UW Dawg Pound.


Shaq Thompson Currently Has Washington Huskies As 'Favorites'

Shaquille Thompson has been pretty coy on his recruitment ever since he originally decommitted from Cal in February. The Grant High superstar athlete does want to take visits to multiple schools, and will be on officials to the Florida Gators, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oregon Ducks, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans and Washington Huskies.

What should pique the interest of fans in the Northwest is that Shaq might be currently leaning toward Seattle. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee has more in a profile of Thompson in MaxPreps.

Thompson said if there was an early favorite – and there really isn't at the moment – it would be Washington.

He said he likes the coaches and his best friend, James Sample, is a freshman there. Sample was a prep All-American for Grant last season. Thompson and Sample also ran on state-meet qualifying 400 relay teams together.

Thompson is one of those players who is an instant game-changer, one of those college football players who can come in and turn a middling team into a good one, perhaps even a great one down the road. However, Washington fans should be tentative before getting too excited; Thompson just indicated there were reasons he'd be interested in UW, and he made it clear that no school has a true lead in this race yet.

For more on Husky football recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound.


KeiVarae Russell Sets Official Visit To Notre Dame; Will Likely Officially Visit USC & Cal

College football recruiting is an ever-evolving landscape. Just a few weeks ago, KeiVarae Russell had a top three of the Washington Huskies, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the California Golden Bears. But then the USC offer came, and the top three became a top five.

Now Russell is starting to get things rolling. He told Mike Cane of the Herald (the local paper in Everett, Washington where Russell plays high school football) that he set an official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of October 22nd, when the classic USC matchup takes place in South Bend. He's likely to visit the USC Trojans and California Golden Bears as well.

Russell is also a big fan of his USC offer.

"That was a big one. That was always my dream school."

Are the Washington Huskies losing the race for the Mariner running back? Russell had UW and Boise State as two schools he "might" do official visits. It could just be that Russell is already so close to Seattle he can go there whenever he wants, but you'd still think if he was serious on Washington, he'd schedule an official. Stay tuned.


Zach Banner Raves About USC, Will Announce Decision In Mid-January

Zach Banner is a boisterous and confident young individual, and is one of many offensive tackles expected to make a big impact from this class in the Pac-12 over the next five years. So it's not a surprise that the Lakewood product would want to confirm his decision in the most public setting possible. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that Banner told the Dawgman.com show on KJR-AM tonight that he will announce in a press conference at his high school where he will be playing college football in mid-January.

Banner is close to making a top 5, and he has left some nice clues as to who is in the lead for his services. Greg Biggins of ESPN has more (the article is paid, but this portion pasted is free).

A recent unofficial visit to USC has the Trojans a lock to make his final five.

"That's the one school I know for sure that will make it in there," Banner said. "My visit last week was incredible and I really had a good time. It's such a nice place and I had to chance to meet a lot of people. I met up with the entire football staff and also talked with the basketball coaches and they said I could for sure play both sports so that was good to hear.

Playing both sports is a big thing for Banner, and it seems USC is one of the schools most recipient to Banner playing football and basketball. It has to make Washington Huskies fans worry about whether they have the inside edge at landing one of their best home state products.

For more on USC football recruiting, go to Conquest Chronicles.


Josh Garnett, Zach Banner Take Unofficial Visits To USC

For Washington Huskies fans, things are looking a bit sunnier than they did a few years ago, and football appears to be on the upswing after a winning season and a Holiday Bowl victory. But there are still big victories that need to be won on the recruiting trail.

One of them is notching a top offensive tackle. Washington has already landed the commitment of Nathan Dean from Kirkland, but he isn't quite as prized as the other two in-state tackles still on the board. Joshua Garnett from Puyallup and Zach Banner from Lakewood are both still looking around in their recruitment, and they expect to be staying in the west in one of the Pac-12 schools. The question is, which one?

Banner and Garnett have talked about playing together in college, so whenever the two end up in the same place visiting the same school, speculation arises. Banner visited USC on an unofficial visit this past weekend and Garnett joined him on his own unofficial. Both Banner and Garnett have the Trojans on their final list of top schools. Safe to say USC is very much in the mix for their services, and could be Washington's biggest competition for the two recruits if the two decide to play together.


KeiVarae Russell, Mariner Running Back, Favors Washington, Notre Dame, Cal

In comparison to the loaded 2011-12 class of offensive linemen and wide receivers, running backs are lagging behind. Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell is one of the top prospects though, and he could very well be coming close to a decision on his future. Russell seems to be deciding between his top 3: The home state Washington Huskies, the California Golden Bears, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Here are Russell's ratings and tape.

KeiVarae Russell 2010 Recruiting Video (via DickKalla)

Russell doesn't seem to have elite second level speed, but he atones for that with great elusivity. Tacklers seem to bounce off him, particularly with the way he moves his hips and shifts his direction while still turning upfield. Russell might not be the most impressive running back athletically, but it does look like he's very good at all the little things that could make him valuable at the next level.

Washington football recruiting can be found at UW Dawg Pound.  For more on Cal football recruiting, check out the California Golden Blogs. Notre Dame football recruiting is covered at One Foot Down.


Washington Football Recruiting: Steve Sarkisian Off To A Hot Start After Impressive June

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is off to another hot recruiting start this year after pulling in an impressive class in February. Sarkisian has been hard at work on the recruiting trail and it's been paying dividends already. Thanks to a June that saw a bevy of recruits pick purple and gold, the Huskies class is filling up fast, even though the recruiting process still has six months to go until completion.

The Huskies already have a whopping 15 commitments for the class of 2012, led by two four-star quarterbacks. In-state star Jeff Lindquist, a highly sought-after quarterback from Mercer Island, pulled the trigger in late April, giving Sarkisian his first big-time recruit of the class. Lindquist had long been a target of the Huskies and also held offers from Washington State and Stanford.

But Lindquist won't be alone while vying for the starting spot under center. Just over a month after he committed, Sarkisian landed a second quarterback to compete for the job in the future. Cyler Miles, a four-star quarterback out of Colorado, pulled the trigger on June 1, giving Sarkisian options at the position. Miles is one of only two Tom Lemming top-100 players currently committed to Pac-12 schools -- the other belongs to USC.

While Lindquist and Miles are the headliners at this point, the Huskies have a loaded crop of talent at a variety of positions in the class of 2012 thus far. Washington's list of commitments includes five three-star players in addition to the aforementioned four-star quarterbacks. Included is two defensive backs, Taylor Lagace and Bryan Harper, a wide receiver, Michael Rector, a running back, Tairen Owens, and an offensive lineman, Nathan Dean.

Sarkisian picked up three commitments just two days ago and has had an excellent June. Lagace, Harper and unrated defensive end Kalei Auelua all gave Sarkisian a verbal pledge on June 28, pushing the total to 15 for the year. In June alone, the Huskies have picked up verbals from 12 of the 15 members in the class, including four of the three-star players and Miles.

The Huskies also snagged a specialist last week when Korey Durkee, a kicker/punter from Gig Harbor, chose purple and gold. Here's how the class is shaping up so far

QB Jeff Lindquist
QB Cyler Miles
RB Tairen Owens
WR Michael Rector
WR Kendyl Taylor
WR Dwayne Washington
OT Nathan Dean
DE Malcom Jackson
DE Kalei Auelua
MLB Blake Rodgers
S Taylor Lagace
CB Bryan Harper
CB Damontae Kazee
CB Darien Washington
K/P Korey Durkee

For the latest on Washington's recruiting class of 2012, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Huskies, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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