Freshman Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey could have been playing Saturday's game wearing crimson and gray if he had followed through with his promise made in December 2009 during his junior year of high school.
The four-star blue chip recruit changed his mind this past January and committed to Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies. Sankey made his decision to attend UW after an official visit hosted by Jesse Callier and Chris Polk. Was it dirty for Sarkisian to continue recruiting Sankey even though he had made a commitment to the Cougars?
"In this day and age, guys are still recruiting our players," he said, "so you have to be prepared for it. If you don't, and another school takes a running back of yours two weeks before signing date, and you don't have another one there, you end up signing no running backs," said Coach Steve Sarkisian (Via: Kitsap Sun)
There is a chance Sankey could draw some boos from Cougar fans this Saturday at the Apple Cup when he makes an appearance. Jim Moore, a former columnist at the Seattle PI and current ESPN 710 analyst called Sankey a traitor after his change-of-heart back in February:
But when a kid like Sankey says he's going to WSU and changes his mind? And not only changes his mind, but decides to hook up with our biggest rival? Well, friends, that's when the gloves come off. (Via: Seattle PI)
Sankey is currently third on the Huskies depth chart at the running back position, but has appeared in the team's last eight games. He has gained 187 yards on 28 carries with one touchdown. If Sankey lives up to his potential, he will continue to be a sore subject for Cougar fans during the Apple Cup in the upcoming years.
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