Monday, January 16, 2012
Huskies land Tosh Lupoi
By ESPN.com staff
"Boom!" went Pac-12 recruiting.
Tosh Lupoi, the best recruiter in the Pac-12 and one of the best in the nation, is leaving California for Washington, where he has been named defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator.
Washington recruiting has been sagging of late, while Cal has been surging. That could change almost immediately. (See this immediate reaction from a Bears recruiting site.) Lupoi, the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008, spent the past four years as the Bears' defensive line coach.
Here's the official release from Washington.
“Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in the release. “He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting.”
Immediately, a couple of A-list recruits tweeted about Lupoi's move, including safety Shaq Thompson, who is committed to Cal, and defensive lineman Aziz Shittu, who has yet to commit.
On a day when it appears the Huskies lost offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to Alabama, Sarkisian's staff appears to have taken another step forward, particularly when you include the hiring of Justin Wilcox away from Tennessee as defensive coordinator.