- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
SEATTLE -- Night games aren’t always conducive to official visits. When a game starts at 7 p.m. and the program has to spend all day preparing to play, there isn’t much time for the players and coaches to pay extra attention to the recruits they are wooing.
They don’t get the opportunity to sell the program the way they would like. So, with No. 7 Oregon State heading to Seattle to play Washington this weekend, the Huskies haven’t scheduled any official visitors.
The late start time does allow the program to welcome a large number of in-state recruits for unofficial visits, so there should still be plenty of prospects in the stands.
There is also always the chance a few out-of-state recruits come up for unofficial visits, but there aren’t any national names with confirmed trips for Saturday’s matchup at CenturyLink Field.
For those who might worry a lack of confirmed visitors is the result of Washington’s three-game slide, the program’s recent struggles on the field haven’t done much to sway the opinions of those currently committed to the Huskies.
Sure, the recruits would like to see success, but Washington’s top commits and targets still consider the program as one on the rise. After watching the Huskies fall to USC, 24-14, a few weeks ago linebacker commit Caleb Tucker (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) called his official visit the “icing on the cake.”
Prospects such as Tucker see what is happening this season at Washington as an opportunity. They want to be a part of the group that brings the program back to prominence.
So, while it is expected to be a quiet weekend for Washington when it comes to recruiting, it is in no way indicative of where the program sits with prominent prospects.