Tag:Steve Sarkisian
Posted on: May 21, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 9:53 pm

Huskies add California defensive back

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Washington picked up a ... Washington. Orange (Calif.) defensive back Darien Washington committed to the Huskies according to reports Friday night, as they dipped into Southern California once again for another player.

"I verbally committed to Washington," Washington told Dawgman.com. "I called coach (Nick) Holt on Tuesday and then he gave me coach (Steve) Sarkisian's number and I called him and committed.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Washington tore his labrum about a year ago and missed several games at the beginning of his junior year. He still managed to put up some good numbers last season, grabbing two interceptions and racking up 48 tackles.

"I played through it last year and just gutted it out," he said. "They held me out of the first few games because they wanted to make sure I could take the pain and that I wouldn't hurt it any further.

"Once I figured out I could make tackles and not feel it that bad, I just went out and played and I felt like I had a pretty good year considering that."

Washington lives up to the label defensive back. He played safety last season in high school but will come up to Seattle as a corner. Washington was the choice over such schools as Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado.

The addition of appropriately named Washington give Holt and Sarkisian three commitments for the class of 2012. The Seattle Times notes that he would be the fourth player in school history to have the last name of Washington. Considering it's a somewhat common name, one would think that's a low number. Either way, the Huskies will add another name to the list next year.

Posted on: April 30, 2011 9:25 am

Washington gets QB ahead of Spring Game

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A day after losing one of the best players in Washington history to the NFL Draft with Jake Locker going in the first round, Steve Sarkisian added a signal caller who he hopes can continue the tradition with the verbal commitment of Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist.

"I sat down and talked to my parents (Tom and Juli) last night and we kind of figured it out and were like, 'let's just get this done,'" Lindquist told the Seattle Times. "We got it done, closed the deal. We kind of laid it out and, at the end of the process, we were like, 'We think UW is the overall better place for me.' So that's where I'm at."

Lindquist held offers from Washington, Washington State and Stanford. He narrowed his choice down to the Cardinal and the Huskies and wanted to pull the trigger this week but it was a difficult decision for Lindquist, who's brother, Sam, is a pitcher on Stanford's baseball team.

Nevertheless, the 6-foot-3, 220 pound Lindquist is yet another dual-threat quarterback to come out of the state of Washington and pledge to play for the state's flagship program. After making his commitment, he will take in the Huskies' Spring Game and do so with a bit of a different feeling knowing that it's his future school.

"I think it will be a lot of fun to see it from a different lens," he said. "I don't really know what to expect from it, but it should be a lot of fun. I'm going with a couple of my buddies and a couple of family members, so it should be a good time."

Lindquist is the second commit for the Class of 2012, joining Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens. He threw for 1,994 yards last season and rushed for 1,017 yards. His highlights are below.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:00 pm

Washington adds commitment number one for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian has his first recruit in the class of 2012 and he comes from a familiar recruiting area. Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens gave his verbal commitment Monday afternoon after picking up his first scholarship offer from the Huskies.

"They offered me for main position, which is running back, and that was big, so I thought, why not commit to them and get it over with," Owens told Scout. "And playing in the Pac-12 is super exciting."

One of the biggest reasons why Owens decided to commit early was Huskies' defensive back coach Demetrice Martin, who just happens to be an alum of Owens' high school.

"Coach Martin, he was the main one recruiting me, and the main thing he said to me was come up there and give us a shot," Owens told the website. "He went to Muir (High School) too so he talked a lot about that."

The 5-foot-9, 165 pound Owens will likely play on special teams and as a slot receiver when he enrolls up in Seattle. The multipurpose threat told the website that he will likely take an unofficial visit to the school on April 30th.

Owens ran for 822 yards on 107 carries and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Some of his highlights are below.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:31 am

2/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some great action out in Piscataway at the BadgerSports 7-on-7, which continues today with the single elimination bracket to determine a championship. 

- Offensive lineman Frank Taylor is seeing his recruitment pick up considerably, with recent offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia

- Washington signee Austin Seferian-Jenkins may wind up playing basketball for the Huskies in addition to football. He will need head coach Steve Sarkisian's permission first of course. 

- Some details on who Michigan State is targeting at their Junior Day today.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:54 pm

Several programs looking to impress this weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several schools around the country are looking forward to another weekend of pressing the flesh and impressing players from the class of 2012. Notre Dame, Tennessee and Washington are just three schools who are hosting a Junior Day this Saturday or Sunday.

The Huskies will hold theirs on Sunday in conjunction with the school's basketball game against in-state rival Washington State. Head coach Steve Sarkisian pulled in a MaxPreps top 20 class in 2011 and is aiming even higher in 2012. The staff has been on many of the top in-state prospects early and continues to make California a top priority on the recruiting trail. 

Expected in attendance are Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterabck Jeff Lindquist, Everett (Wash.) running back Keivarae Russell and Tacoma (Wash.) Michael Rector, according to the Seattle Times. Washington does not have a commitment for next year's class but could end up picking up one or more on Sunday.

Tennessee is also looking to secure their first 2012 commitment this weekend. The Volunteers look like they will be hosting several players from the state of Georgia, which has turned into an SEC recruiting hotbed as of late. Gainesville (Ga.) running back Imani Cross is one of several players holding scholarship offers who will be in Knoxville on Saturday. Cross even told GoVolsXtra.com that there's "a high possibility (he) could just go ahead and commit to Tennessee" this weekend.

Among the other scheduled recruits are Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken, Millen (Ga.) defensive end James Deloach and Anderson (S.C.) tight end Jordan Meredith

Notre Dame is also holding their first Junior Day of the year and plans on hosting about 40 recruits according to BlueandGold.com. With a national recruiting base, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly will bring several unofficial visitors from around the country to South Bend on Saturday. Oklahoma City (Okla.) wide receiver Sterling Shepard, Hyattsville (Md.) defensive lineman Mike Moore, Spring (Texas) cornerback Nicky Baratti and Nashville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Blake Bars are among the recruits scheduled to visit.

Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame are just three of the major program hosting Junior Days this weekend but each is looking to leave a lasting impression on the recruits who stop by to meet the coaching staff and receive a tour of the facilities. Because this is their first chance to show off for many of the players in the class of 2012, expect it to be a hectic, yet fun, weekend for the coaching staffs in Seattle, Knoxville and South Bend.  

Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:21 am

2/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There’s not much rest for the weary as we can’t officially close out the class of 2011 yet.

- One key recruit is still on the board in quarterback Jacoby Brissett and he’s especially key to Miami.

- USC might have lost De’Anthony Thomas but their impressive class still means they had more hits than misses on Signing Day.

- CJ Johnson was the prize recruit for Ole Miss in a very impressive class for Houston Nutt. Down the road at Mississippi State, a great defensive line class headlined for Dan Mullen.

- Wrapping up Signing Day at Washington. Another impressive class for Steve Sarkisian so, as he likes to tweet when they get a commitment, Woof!

- Colorado head coach Jon Embree had to hit the recruiting trail hard but had a very solid first class.

- Texas Tech had one of the best classes the school had ever signed yesterday and head coach Tommy Tuberville said recruiting to Lubbock wasn’t an issue.

- Mack Brown told recruits to trust him in the face of the adversity that Texas went through the past few months.

- Great pickup for TCU in Brandon Carter, someone who head coach Gary Patterson had no problem talking about.

- Some more details on Ohio State recruit Chris Carter after he was arrested Tuesday.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:38 pm

Pac-12 Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Taking stock of the day in the Pac-12:


: Maybe you can't explain it, but you can't deny it, either: Lane Kiffin is a phenomenon on the recruiting trail. Whether it was pulling linebacker Lamar Dawson out of Kentucky, Ohio tackle Aundrey Walker (pictured) out of the clutches of Ohio State, or defensive lineman Christian Heyward from down the road in San Diego, the Trojans were every bit as everywhere on Signing Day as they were in their Pete Carroll heyday. Recruits like athlete Marqise Lee (likely the next USC stud safety) and Jan 28. guard commitment Cyrus Hobbi should be cornerstones for Kiffin for years to come ... not to mention longtime Trojan commitments like receiver George Farmer (the nation's No. 20 player) who signed on the dotted line as expected. Losing De'anthony Thomas to the current Pac-12 overlords in Eugene stings, no doubt, but it doesn't change the fact that no team in the country helped themselves more on Signing Day than Kiffin's. NCAA sanctions, schmenCAA schmanctions.

Oregon: The Ducks struck both early and late on Signing Day. They started at just after 8 a.m. EST by plucking Traverse City offensive lineman Jake Fisher out of northern Michigan, a player Chip Kelly would later say compares to any lineman in the country. Things got even better some 14 hours later when Thomas -- the nation's No. 15 player and a beyond-perfect fit for Kelly's light-speed offense and the open spaces it creates -- became the highest-profile Signing Day switch in the country. Inbetween those two highs the Ducks missed out on a handful of California prospects (like Heyward and Lee), but after signing what's likely the strongest class in school history and gleefully robbing Kiffin of his highest-ranked recruit, no one's going to complain.

Washington: As nice as the Duck haul was, before the Thomas news our Maxpreps team rankings still had the Huskies as the No. 2 class in the Pac-12 and the No. 15 class nationally. Steve Sarkisian didn't bring in any surprise last-minute signings -- in fact, their Signing Day might have been a net negative with tailback Kameron Jackson's flip to Cal balancing the addition of Ventura (Ca.) JUCO quarterback Antavius Sims -- but it was a day of celebration all the same after U-Dub dominated the state of Washington. Following last week's conversion of Washington State- committed tailback Bishop Sankey of Spokane, all five of the Seattle Times "Blue Chip" selections for the state wound up Huskies. They'll likely have to cast their net a little wider in the future, but locking down top-notch in-state talent like five-star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Maxpreps' No. 27 player overall) is a excellent way to build on the momentum of the Huskies' Holiday Bowl win.


We mentioned in our Pac-12 Signing Day preview that the Utes would likely need to sign both Moreno Valley (Calif.) teammates Ryan Anderson -- a defensive back and Ute commit -- and Junior Pomee, a coveted wide receiver, to make a splash in their new conference digs. Instead, Kiffin and USC stole away both players. The Utes still signed several nice players (most notably running back Harvey Langi), but on paper this isn't the sort of class that announces the Utes as a major West Coast player.

Arizona State: When you lose a blue-chip hometown prospect on Signing Day because he just so happened to see a license plate from the state representing your competition , it has officially been a bad day. At least the Sun Devils kept quarterback Michael Eubanks from deserting to Utah ... but then again, they couldn't do the same with Chino (Calif.) athlete Quinton Pedroza, who flipped to the Utes. With only 13 players, the Sun Devil class appears to have neither quantity nor a particularly high level of quality.

UCLA: Signing Day wasn't actually all that bad for the Bruins; landing Washington D.C. defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds was arguably the biggest pickup of Rick Neuheisel's entire class, and the Bruins avoided any high-profile decommitments from players like California lineman Torian White (who'd had a serious flirtation with USC) or top receiving recruit Devin Lucien. But the glaring contrast between the hole UCLA had already dug for themselves on the recruiting trail and Kiffin's smashing Signing Day successes meant that the Bruins were going to end up looking like L.A. losers no matter what they did Wednesday.


CBS College Sports' Aaron Taylor breaks down the state of Pac-12 recruiting:

Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:47 am

1/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some great football on television today with the NFC and AFC championship games. It could be said that the Packers are fueled by the unrecruited given that Aaron Rodgers had zero D-1 offers coming out of high school and Clay Matthews was a walk-on at USC.

- Great look at how the Washington Huskies are grabbing the in-state talent and building a fence around the state. As the story notes, that was a key in fueling Miami to prominence and is huge for Washington going forward. Head coach Steve Sarkisian is already doing a good job of hitting Southern California so the recruiting base to support the Huskies is very healthy right now. Here's a look at all of the blue chip recruits for the state of Washington.

- New Pitt coach Todd Graham has turned his sights on recruiting the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex for talent. Given that he was a successful high school coach in the area and has stops at Rice and Tulsa, this should come as no surprise. 

- Speaking of the Dallas-area, Mesquite linebacker Kyle Boyd has dropped his commitment for Iowa State and will now head to Baylor.

- Top 2012 cornerback Geno Smith picked up an offer from Notre Dame in addition to already holding one from the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.

- Miami head coach Al Golden lost a commitment from linebacker Nick Menocal, who is now going to Georgia Tech. The decommitment leaves Miami with just 12 verbal commitments for the class of 2011.
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