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Lupoi hire heats up Washington recruiting

Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:33 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 6:03 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

With just two and a half weeks until Signing Day, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian picked up the biggest commitment of his tenure on Monday when news officially surfaced that California defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi would be moving to Seattle to become defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator with the Huskies.

“Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter,” Sarkisian said in the school's release. “He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting.”

Indeed, Lupoi has developed a sterling reputation as one of the most dynamic recruiters in the country and is largely responsible for Cal's ninth-ranked recruiting class in MaxPreps's recent team rankings. In December, he made the list of top assistants who are good recruiters. Several of the Bears' socially savvy (i.e. those that have Twitter accounts) recruits have already weighed in on the move, from number five overall player Shaq Thompson saying, "he has a lot to think about," to five-star uncommitted lineman Arik Armstead adding that things just got real (he was thought to be close to committing Monday afternoon). Rapid Reporter John Breech also points out that current players were left in the dark about the move, with defensive lineman Gabe King tweeting that he left without so much as a text.

The move will undoubtedly impact both Washington and Cal's recruiting classes this year and in the future. Thompson, who also seriously considered the Huskies and has a good relationship with new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox after he recruited Thompson's brother at Cal, is one to keep an eye on in terms of decommitting. Five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy could also easily flip to USC or UCLA by Signing Day.

This is, in no uncertain words, a huge hire by Sarkisian and Washington. Combined with an already excellent recruiter and coach in Peter Sirmon and Washington has made significant moves in the Pac-12 North and conference at large. The road to Signing Day is always filled with a few twists and turns and this appears to be a big one out West.

More on Thompson/Armstead's recruitment from MaxPreps

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:29 am

Lupoi hire heats up Washington recruiting

Am I a star lover?


Yep!! Better believe it. Name the last national champion that doesn’t consistently get 5-star talent in their recruiting class?


I’m waiting………&hel
lip;that’s what I thought.


The reason the Ducks recruiting class is a big failure has nothing at all to do with the players that they drafted and EVERYTHING to do with how many stars are by their name. And that’s because perception is huge in college football.


Can the Ducks still go to the Rose Bowl next year with a bunch of 4-star guys? Of course. But high school players pay attention to those stupid stars. And Oregon continues to show that they aren’t one of the ‘big boys’ of college football that 5-star players should even consider.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:55 pm

Lupoi hire heats up Washington recruiting

Hey star-lover,

Top ten recruiting class this year is unforgiveable?  Either you are real young, or a troll from another team.  Ducks didn't build success on 5 star juice, and won't anytime soon.  If the folks who rate the athletes are sooo good, wouldn't you think they would be hired by Washington instead of Lupou?  Coaches rate 'em for their own teams, not on how they rate at a combine.  Sooo, don't use someone else's rating system, do it yourself by looking at the tapes.  And if your a troll, well that's unforgiveable.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:26 pm

Lupoi hire heats up Washington recruiting

Chip Kelly has had an awful recruiting class this year as the Ducks haven't landed a single 5-star recruit coming off a national championship appearance and a Rose Bowl win. That's unforgiveable.

But this might give him a chance to redeem himself. Maybe the Ducks can steal one of the 5-star verbal commits to Cal that feels betrayed. I would love for the Ducks to add Shaq Thompson or Ellis McCarthy or Arik Armstead. It's probably a pipe dream. But I can at least hope! 

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