Tag:Steve Sarkisian
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:59 pm

Top "combo" QB Miles sticks with Washington

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A solid National Signing Day for Washington continued with the Huskies winning a late tug-of-war with USC for quarterback Cyler Miles.

An athletic 6'4", 215-pound prospect from Denver's Mullen High School, Miles committed to Steve Sarkisian last June but considered switching to the Trojans and Lane Kiffin late. In the end, Miles stuck with his commitment to keep the Huskies' 2012 class at 24 members.

That Miles' decision came at the Trojans' expense no doubt makes it particularly sweet for Husky fans, but Miles' skills are reason for enthusiasm alone. Miles ranks as the No. 6 "combo quarterback" in the nation according to Maxpreps, and the 2012 class's No. 102 player overall. Tom Lemming's assessment for Maxpreps:

He looked good down in San Antonio, throws a nice catchable ball and runs better than just about any QB in the country. He's a major threat with both his arm and his legs ... He shows great vision, speed, arm strength, accuracy, and quickness. What more can you ask for in a big-time QB? Not to mention size. He has proven to be one of the country's more athletic QB's, has a strong build, and throws accurately while on the run. He is a legitimate difference maker at the QB position. I was impressed with his ability to thread the needle, hit his receivers on the numbers and using his all around quickness and speed to keep the play going until he finds open receivers.

From the Twitter feed of the Denver Post's Ryan Casey, Miles signing alongside some of his teammates:


The Huskies are currently ranked 24th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:18 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 12:19 pm

USC verbal commit Vatuvei signs with Washington

Posted by Chip Patterson

Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.) verbally committed to USC before the start of his senior season. But on National Signing Day, the four-star lineman signed with Pac-12 rival Washington.

The 6-foot-2, 265 pound Vatuvei played weakside defensive end and fullback for Patterson, and chose the Huskies after receiving offers from Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State, and USC, among others.

Washington's 2012 recruiting class broke into the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 on Wednesday after several late flips. It is likely no coincidence to see this late surge just weeks after Washington hired highly-touted recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi from California.

Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:57 pm

WR Jordan Payton flips from Cal to Washington

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tosh Lupoi continues to raid Cal's cupboard.

Ever since Lupoi left Cal to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at Washington, the Huskies new recruiting coordinator has been paying dividends.

Late Monday night former Cal commit Shaq Thompson announced that he was flipping his commitment to Washington, and now wide receiver Jordan Payton has done it too, making the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor is a three-star receiver out of California's Oaks Christian. He's a big target with speed, and measure in at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds.

Taylor becomes the 23rd player to commit to Washington in its 2012 class, and is the fourth receiver in the group, joining Dwayne Washington, Kendyl Taylor and Michael Rector.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:11 pm

Pac-12 Signing Day Overview

Posted by Bryan Fischer

National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. There was some head coaching turnover in the Pac-12 and a few interesting moves in terms of assistants which makes 2012 a very interesting year in the conference. Combined with the fact that this is the best year in a while for talent on the West Coast and there some buzz about what is going on in the Pac-12.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100 Moving
10. California 18 3
17. USC 12 3
21. Oregon 18 2
25. Stanford 17 2

Top storylines

1. What's the fall out from Tosh Lupoi leaving for Washington?

The departure of Lupoi, Cal's best recruiter, might end up a seismic shift in the Pac-12 recruiting landscape. He was responsible for getting the Golden Bears into the top 10 in the team rankings and was on the verge of landing another five-star defender to give him an impressive three on defense. Instead plenty of Cal recruits and commitments have decided to take late official visits and only a handful can be considered solid verbal pledges. Lupoi might not be able to have a huge impact on the Huskies class but they're in the running for a few top players late in the process. Needless to say, this is a big move and one that might have a huge impact in 2012 and beyond.

2. How high does Oregon go?

The near departure of head coach Chip Kelly threw many recruits for a loop but it looks like, despite some negative recruiting by other schools, the current class will remain intact with the Ducks also in the running for some elite five-star guys on the West Coast come Signing Day. Oregon currently sits just outside the top 20 but if they land one or two of the guys that are left on their board, it's very possible to find them in the top 15 with one of the most talented classes headed to Eugene in a long time.

3. Roster management in Los Angeles

It's a good thing both head coaches in Los Angeles have NFL experience because they're going to have to do some good ol' fashioned roster management - something that does happen outside of the SEC - albeit for different reasons. Lane Kiffin and USC are finally starting to feel the effects of sanctions and have to be careful to not only sign 15 or fewer recruits on Signing Day but come in under the NCAA-imposed  limit of 75 scholarship players by the fall. The Trojans are in the running for some top talent and, with early enrollees, will actually bring in more than 15 players so it will be interesting to see what the team looks like going forward. Across town, this was expected to be a small UCLA class of 17 or so recruits but the Bruins currently have 25 commits. There are some creative things Jim Mora can do so it will be interesting to see who winds up on the roster come the fall.

4. Which new coach winds up with the best class?

The massive coaching turnover in the Pac-12 has made things interesting among the conference's middle class. Rich Rodriguez had an early head start but it took awhile to get his full staff on board and that might have cost him some. Todd Graham has to deal with a lot of negative recruiting thanks to the way he left Pitt but has managed to do better than tread water and could land one of the state's top players. Meanwhile, Mike Leach has done a remarkable job of remaking the Wazzu class to fit his offense and aggressively get players who might have been overlooked by others but are simply players when it counts on the field. Finally, Jim Mora has done a great job getting some elite talent to get excited about UCLA. Should be an interesting finish.

Most impressive class: California

Most underrated class: Oregon State

Work left to do: Arizona

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
5. Shaq Thompson DB California
6. Ellis McCarthy DT UCLA
8. Andrus Peat OL Uncommitted
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
16. Arik Armstead OL/DT Uncommitted
21. Zach Banner OL Uncommitted
26. Josh Garnett OL Uncommitted
30. D.J. Foster ATH Uncommitted
37. Jordan Simmons OL USC
41. Aziz Shittu DT Uncommitted

Assistant recruiters of note:

Robert Anae, Tony Gibson and Calvin Magee, Arizona
Mike Norvell, Arizona State
Marcus Arroyo, Ron Gould and Todd Howard, California
Eric Bieniemy, Darian Hagan and Bobby Kennedy, Colorado
Jerry Azzinaro, Gary Campbell, Mark Helfrich and John Neal, Oregon
Mark Banker, Brent Brennan, Mike Cavanaugh and Danny Langsdorf, Oregon State
Lance Anderson, Pep Hamilton and Mike Sanford Jr., Stanford
Adrian Klemm, Demetrice Martin, Noel Mazzone and Angus McClure, UCLA
James Cregg, Clay Helton, Kennedy Pola and Ed Orgeron, USC
Brian Johnson, Morgan Scalley and Kalani Sitake, Utah
Eric Kiesau, Tosh Lupoi, Johnny Nansen and Peter Sirmon, Washington
Mike Breske, Jeff Choate and Jim Mastro, Washington State

Head coach under pressure: Jeff Tedford, California

Top Pac-12 class prediction: California

Top Pac-12 signee: Shaq Thompson

Pac-12 school-by-school
North Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 QB Zach Kline
OL Freddie Tagaloa
DB Shaq Thompson
WR Bryce Treggs
This is a top 10 class for now. The emphasis is added because the departure of Lupoi to Washington has really thrown this group for a loop and caused several, such as Thompson, to look around before signing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 DE DeForest Buckner
RB Byron Marshall
QB Jake Rodrigues
WR Dwayne Stanford
Chip Kelly's flirtation with the NFL has thrown some for a loop but it looks like the Pac-12 champs will only add to a very good 2012 class. Marshall and Rodrigues are perfect fits on offense
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 WR Malik Gilmore
DB Tyler Hasty
OL Isaac Seumalo
This might be one of Mike Riley most talented classes during his time in Corvallis. Seumalo is one of the top offensive linemen on the West Coast and Gilmore is very underrated at the wide out spot. There are plenty of players who could play as freshmen or sophomores from this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Nick Davidson
LB Noor Davis
RB Barry Sanders
DT Jordan Watkins
It's not often you find the Cardinal in the top 25 in recruiting but things are rolling on the Farm. This is linemen heavy and has several recruits who should see early playing time. Stanford is also in the mix for elite offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Andrus Peat.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Jeff Lindquist
QB Cyler Miles
DE Damion Turpin
You wonder if this class could have been even better had Lupoi been hired earlier but as is, it's a very good effort out of Steve Sarkisian and staff. They failed to land the top OL's in the state but picked up two very good QB's to build around in Lindquist and Miles.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Robert Lewis
WR Gabriel Marks
OL Alex Mitchell
Mike Leach's hire has certainly turned heads on the Palouse and the recruiting trail. He's hit California for some players who were overlooked by other programs but are great fits for his system and done a good job in a short time span.
South Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Javelle Allen
LB C.J. Dozier
WR Trey Griffey
Even though he was hired early in the process,  Rodriguez hasn't made a huge splash in recruiting. But with new facilities and his staff finally in place, that will come. Allen is a very good fit for RichRod's offense.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 ATH Randall Goforth
OL Evan Goodman
OL Stephon McCray
Former head coach Dennis Erickson had assembled one of the better classes in the conference and while it has taken some hits, Todd Graham has mostly kept it together.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DB Kenneth Crawley
QB Shane Dillon
DB Yuri Wright
Landing Wright is a risk but there's no doubt he's a talented player who can contribute early on. This class should add depth across the board despite not having a big time impact player.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DB Ishmael Adams
DT Ellis McCarthy
QB T.J. Millweard
DB Marcus Rios
Jim Mora answered all the questions people had about an NFL guy recruiting in college with this effort. Landing McCarthy is a program-changer because big West Coast DT's don't exactly grow on trees.
- Team page
- Commitment list
12 WR Darreus Rogers
LB Jabari Ruffin
OL Jordan Simmons
OL Max Tuerk
This is the first class truly limited by NCAA sanctions but that doesn't mean Lane Kiffin hasn't been able to pull in some great players. The Trojans are also in the running for elite, top 20 players on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 ATH Chase Hansen
OL Cedrick Poutasi
QB Travis Wilson
Kyle Whittingham has talked about what a plus the move to the Pac-12 has been for recruiting and this class is one example of getting better players by being in a BCS conference.

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

Lupoi hire heats up Washington recruiting

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). CBSSports.com 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
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:06 am

Ranking the Pac-12 recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Arizona State (#17 overall according to MaxPreps)

The Sun Devils have jumped out to grab the biggest class in the conference and done so by pounding away at Southern California. Quarterback T.J. Millweard out of Texas can compete for playing time early and receiver Kenny Lawler - if he sticks with his commitment - is also a player coming in with an eye on playing time.

2. Washington (#21)

Steve Sarkisian has one top 100 quarterback in Cyler Miles and another player at the position who did well at the Elite 11 in quarterback Jeff Lindquist. This class is largest but still has some talented in-state targets they are in the running for so the Huskies could certainly wind up with the top spot on Signing Day.

3. USC

The Trojans are limited numbers-wise, they have a hard cap of 15 thanks to NCAA sanctions but the number is fluid when you consider transfers, early enrollees, etc. Arik Armstead is a unanimous five-star and could be an excellent left tackle if he chooses to play on offense. Linebackers Jabari Ruffin and Scott Starr have the tools physically to play for Monte Kiffin's defense.

4. Utah

The Utes move to the Pac-12 has already resulted in getting a higher quality group of athletes. Quarterback Travis Wilson was sharp at the Elite 11 and Chase Hansen is bigger and stronger than most athletes the school has been able to bring in. Both lines are represented well and Kyle Whittingham has several players he is still pursuing that could keep Utah in the upper echelon of the rankings.

5. Stanford

A diverse class, the Cardinal has targeted athletes several athletes who can come in and develop with a redshirt year. Linebacker Noor Davis is the headliner and he holds offers from numerous elite programs but is heading West to join Stanford.

6. Arizona

Tight end Taylor McNamara is the top tight end in Southern California and a player who tops the Wildcats' class. Josh Kern is an underrated quarterback out of Texas and local defensive end Dwight Melvin also contributes to a very solid class at the halfway mark to Signing Day.

7. Colorado

It might take some time for him to develop but Shane Dillon is a Pac-12 caliber quarterback and the trio of Texas receivers who are committed are under the radar guys who can be solid contributors at the college level.

8. Oregon

So far, the Ducks haven't seen a championship game appearance bounce on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Jake Rodrigues is the top prospect in the class and fits Oregon's offense well as a guy who has a strong arm but also has the wheels to run when needed. Tight end Evan Baylis is a nice pick up from Colorado.

9. Oregon State

Down the highway, the Beavers are doing what they normally do: scout, recruit and develop. Offensive lineman Isaac Sumalo is the son of a coach on staff and though he looked elsewhere, Oregon State managed to keep one of the top interior lineman from going to a Pac-12 rival. Receiver Malik Gilmore is a recruit who brings good size and an ability to create separation.

10. UCLA

It's hard to figure out quite what the Bruins are doing on the recruiting trail because, in a strong year for California talent, the program has yet to land a top tier athlete. It's especially surprising given the surplus of elite offensive linemen and that's a huge position of need in Westwood. UCLA does have two all-name teamers in Steven Lakalaka and Psalm Wooching.

11. Cal

This class would be MUCH higher if you're going by quality but quantity has to come into play with team rankings given the fact that they have just four commits. Zach Kline is the top quarterback out West and receiver Bryce Treggs has exploded this summer on the camp and 7-on-7 circuit. Michael Barton is a top Bay Area prospect and a very good pick up for the Bears.

12. Washington State

Wazzu is doing a solid job of getting better talent than they have been in past years but the quality of talent still isn't like where the program was several years ago. Athlete Rashad Jackson is a nice grab out of Texas and the Cougars have done ok in California.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:33 pm

Halfway to Signing Day: Pac-12 Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Pac-12 and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Pac-12 Commitment List

Best class: Washington

Hard to believe in such a good year for talent in the West but the Pac-12 is home to only two Top 100 commits at the halfway point and one of them belongs to the Huskies (the other is committed to USC). Steve Sarkisian has mined California well for some players and added a pair of Elite 11 quarterbacks for the future. This class could still add some talented in-state linemen so the program could get even better by Signing Day.

Work left to do: Cal

The Bears have one of the smallest classes in the country and though they have four very good players in it... there's just four players. They have a possible freshman starter in quarterback Zach Kline and perhaps this summer's best wide receiver Bryce Treggs but there's been little movement in adding to them. The Bears are in on a lot of prospects and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi is one of the better recruiters out there but things need to pick up in Berkeley.

Under the radar class: USC

It doesn't get the flash that it used to due to NCAA sanctions but the Trojans have a very good class that is getting close to being full. Arik Armstead can be an elite offensive tackle if he goes that route and Jabari Ruffin and Scott Starr are two very nice players who could log some major minutes down the road. Lane Kiffin has talked about not missing evaluations and so far, he's got a good class that may not be big on star power but does have a lot of talented athletes in it.

Top commit: Athlete Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), committed to USC.

Loading up: Arizona and Arizona State on offensive linemen (4), Arizona State on linebackers (4), Stanford on wide receivers (4).

Frequent Fliers: Stanford with commitments from seven states.

Fence builders: USC, all of the school's commitments are from California.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will anyone break into the top 10?

With USC on the sidelines due to a numbers crunch, the conference is looking for someone to step up and fill the void in a very good year for talent out on the West Coast. Arizona State is close to being full but they don't have any elite talent committed yet. Washington could certainly get there if they can pull one of the two Top 100 lineman from in-state. Oregon hasn't yet received any championship game bounce but they've been able to get some surprises late in the game recently. It's kind of hard to figure out if anyone will be able to crack the top 10 but there should be a few schools with a shot at it on Signing Day.

Top 25 Teams:
17. Arizona State
18. Washington

Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:46 pm

Miles the latest Washington Husky

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Washington added their second highly-touted signal caller in the class of 2012 as Denver (Colo.) quarterback Cyler Miles selected the Huskies, formally annoncing his verbal commitment Friday morning after word leaked late Friday night that he pledged to the school.

“I feel really good. I am excited about my decision. Ultimately, it came down to two things for me, the style of offense and the sincerity of the coaches,"Miles told Scout.  "Washington was it for me.  Initially, I narrowed it down to three: Illinois, Tennessee, and Washington. But in the end I made my decision based on the people. I picked the school with the most sincere and energetic coaching staff, who I had the strongest relationships with, and also where I could see myself for the next four to five years."

Miles joins Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist as a Washington verbal commitment, giving head coach Steve Sarkisian two players to work with and restock the roster with. The head coach's pro-style offense was one of the biggest selling points for the school, which Miles visited in March.

“Washington is perfect for me, because I wanted to pick a program that was on the rise, somewhere that I could make a difference, and really stand out," he said. "They also run the type of pro-style offense I was looking for. Seattle is a cool city with a very strong fan base.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound gunslinger is a threat to run or pass with the ball in his hands. He threw for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 255 yards and six touchdowns on the ground for Colorado 5A state champion Mullen High. Miles will not graduate from high school early and he'll enroll at Washington in the fall of 2012, where he is expected to redshirt with five quarterbacks on the roster at that point.

Miles is the fourth overall commitment for the Huskies in 2012.
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