I am sitting in the passenger seat of my car in the Emerald Downs parking lot after the Tanoa Bowl's media day. It was nice catching up with some of the kids who will be playing in the games on Saturday. But, now it is time to chat. I will take your questions for the next hour. Fire away.
Hearing a lot about Marques Tuiasosopo getting a UW offer to coach QBs. What are you hearing?
I haven't heard anything concrete about this. It seems like it's just a rumor for now. But it would be a move that seems to make sense on several levels. There are the obvious ties between Tuiasosopo and the school. I wouldn't be shocked if it did happen. However, I don't have any news that it is going to happen, yet.
Is Eddie V. (placer hs) the type of recruit that could make an instant impact at UW? if so how would he affect next years D?
Rated the No. 33 prospect in the ESPN 300, Eddie Vanderdoes absolutely seems like the kind of recruit who could make an instant impact if he ends up at Washington. Based on what I've read, he seems like the kind of player who could contribute immediately and would end up in the Huskies' rotation at defensive tackle.
Does UW have a good shot at Vanderdoes? What about Hutchings? I see he's visiting Montlake in January too.
I'm not quite sure where the Huskies stand with Vanderdoes. I know he enjoyed his official visit. OL Brayden Kearsley said the two prospects had a lot of fun when they took their trip together a few weeks ago. I think that's a good sign for Washington, but Vanderdoes has some big-time options, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up. At this point, I'm not sure. As far as USC commit Michael Hutchings goes, I think he's still solid to the Trojans. He did tell me he is planning a trip to Washington, but it's more of a chance to see what else is out there. I don't think he plans on flipping his commitment.
Are you concerned about Sark not being able to close on local talent???
This is an interesting question that I've gone back and forth on throughout the year. Washington wants to get to the point where in-state kids have the Huskies as their first choice. They also want to compete with USC and UCLA for the top kids in California, while also landing the top prospects throughout the country. I thought the Huskies had a good chance with Danny Mattingly. I was a bit surprised when I saw him commit to Oregon, but he felt the Ducks were the best fit. Some of the kids the past few years simply wanted to go out of state, so there was nothing Washington could do to get them to stay home. However, I do think there is more work that can be done to land local talent.
Washington has made a several pushes to get in-state kids this year and I hope that continues. It is good for the program when guys like Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins stay home and play for the in-state school.
Which of UW's current verbal commits are likely to sign elsewhere?
For the most part, Washington's current commits seem solid. I'm trying to get a read on Sean Harlow's status with the team. He is a guy I felt was always a solid commit, but now I'm not so sure. For the most part, though, I don't see all that many people wavering at this point.
Is Thomas Duarte tripping anywhere? Is he favoring anyone? Haven't heard much on him.
He is a kid who doesn't talk with the media all that much. I have never been able to get in touch with him. However, last I heard, he was down to five schools and Washington was one of them. I have yet to see a list of visit dates for the three-star tight end.
How big a blow was the commitment of Mattingly to Oregon?
It's a blow for sure. I thought Washington would get either Myles Jack or Mattingly to flip before signing day. Mattingly seemed to really like Washington but, after taking his official visits and thinking about his options, he picked Oregon. I think he is going to be very good, so it is definitely a loss for the Huskies.
Will the coach departures impact recruting (Joel Thomas & Dougherty)?
Based on the running back recruits I've talked the opportunity to play for Joel Thomas was exciting for them. I've heard nothing but good things about his ability as both a coach and recruiter, so his loss hurts. I think Jimmie Dougherty's loss hurts as well. However, the key question will be who the program brings in to fill those roles. We won't know how much their departures will impact recruiting until their replacements have been hired and signing day passes.
How do you like the chances of the Huskies signing DLS product Hooper, and also flipping Egu?
I think the Huskies are still in a very good position to land Austin Hooper. He has always had Washington in the mix and seemed to have them right at the top of his list when I talked to him recently. Now, as far as Egu goes, I haven't heard any rumblings about flipping him. Until I hear otherwise, he's a Cal commit.
Will Washington look at any JUCO prospects to round out and solidify the 2013 class?
Washington is still looking at junior college prospects to round out the 2013 class. Now, who those prospects are, that's not quite as easy to identify. I think the program ends up with a couple of junior college players. The last name I heard was defensive end Marcus Hardison.
Will the Huskies go even harder after Myles Jack knowing they let Mattingly slip away to the Ducks??
Do you think UCLA's blowout loss last night to Baylor will have any impact on Myles Jack decision?
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To be honest, I don't think the loss to Baylor will impact the decision all that much. The losses Washington endured during the season didn't seem to sway Jack one way or another away from the Huskies, so I don't see it doing much to swing him away from the Bruins. There is way to spin losses, so I really don't think they have that much of an impact. Wins always seem to help more than losses hurt.
Do you think Keith Price will challenge for all conference honors next season with a healthy offensive line to operate behind? And will the receiving corps take the next step forward to help ASJ and KW?
I have gotten a few Keith Price questions on the chat this week, so I'll try to give one answer here to cover them all. At this point, I'm not sure what the future holds for Price. He had a great sophomore year and then had his share of struggles as a junior. There is no doubt he has the talent to play quarterback at a high level. He has proven that. However, the question now is, can he rediscover that? There were plenty of issues on offense this year with the injuries along the line and at running back. Kasen Williams and ASJ definitely need help. If the line comes together, other skill guys step up and Price can regain the mentality he had as a sophomore, he could have a great senior year. However, I think the other quarterbacks in the program will get the opportunity to show what they can do in the spring. I think Price will keep the job, but we'll see what happens.
Do you see Stringfellow, Daniels and Coleman looking elsewhere because their position coaches have left???
Damore'ea Stringfellow still seems like a lock for Washington. Darrell Daniels, while taking a trip to UCLA, also seems to be a lock for the Huskies. I haven't talked to Lavon Coleman, so I'm not sure where he stands. Tosh Lupoi is Daniels' main recruiter, so I don't see Jimmie Dougherty's departure impacting his recruitment much.
Chip Kelly to the NFL? What's your call?
I don't really have a read on this one. Since I cover Washington and I'm trying to get plugged into the program here, I don't have connections to Oregon's program. I do think that, if he wants to give the NFL a shot, it's a good time to go. But I don't have a read on what will happen.
Is it official that Devon Blackmon will transfer to UW?
It's not official that I'm aware of. He was looking at the Huskies, but he's not on the roster, so he hasn't transferred yet.
What 2014 kids from the Sacramento area are on UW 's radar?
I don't have a great read on the Sacramento area right now. However, I did just spend three days in the Bay Area and the Huskies are looking at a few 2014 prospects down there, including 2014 LB D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin).
Hey Mason, will Keith Price be challenged as starter next season?
I think the other quarterbacks in the program will get the opportunity to compete for the job in the spring. There is always the chance a guy like Cyler Miles steps up and wins the job. Who knows, maybe Troy Williams comes in right away and proves he can play? I think Price will be given every opportunity to show he deserves to be the starter as a senior. It will be up to the other quarterbacks to show they are better prepared to lead Washington in 2013.
Any news on Kearsley and Harlow??? we need OL help BADLY!!!
No real news right now. I'm hoping to get an update on Harlow while he's at the Semper Fidelis game. I will try and get an update on Brayden Kearsley after his next official visit, but there isn't anything new since he took his official visit to Washington.
You didn't mention Lindquist. Should I take that as him not progressing as quickly as Sarkisian would have liked?
I think Jeff Lindquist still has a chance to be a very good quarterback. However, based on what I watched this year, it seems like Cyler Miles is ahead of him on the depth chart. We'll see what happens. He could develop a lot between now and next season. And, at times, Derrick Brown looked like he could play, so he will get his opportunity as well.
Do you feel the hiring of the new offensive coaches will cause some reassigning of duties??
I think there is definitely the chance that could happen. I can't tell you whether it will or not, but if it makes sense for the program, Steve Sarkisian has shown he is willing to switch roles for some members of his staff. If, in fact, there ends up being truth to the rumor that Washington is interested in bringing Marques Tuiasosopo back to Seattle, I could see him coaching quarterbacks for his alma mater.
Well, I have to wrap this up. I need to get back up to the Tanoa Bowl luncheon. Thank you for all the questions this week. I'm getting more and more each time I do this, so I appreciate each one that is fired my way. Thanks again and let's do this again next Friday.