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HuskyNation mailbag: Dec. 7

12/7/2012
Mason Kelly/ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- With at least eight official visitors in Seattle this weekend, there was plenty to get Washington fans excited.

Then Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) decommitted from Notre Dame on Thursday. Less than 24 hours later, Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) announced he no longer was committed to Auburn.

As the days dwindle before prospects sign their letters of intent, the Huskies have some high-profile recruits they are attempting to reel into their 2013 class.

While Washington is having little trouble generating interest, it remains to be seen if that interest turns to commitments.

The news of visitors and decommitments has created a social media buzz that has people waiting for good news.

As the Huskies work to add a few names to their recruiting class, it is time to tackle the mailbag.

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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:

@UWDaWgs1976 via Twitter: Who do you feel is a dark horse that the Huskies could land?

A: With Friday’s news that Reuben Foster has decommitted from Auburn, I would put the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker as the top dark horse to land with Washington. If I had answered this question yesterday, I would have put the odds of him ending up in Seattle at very slim.

Now, though, the Huskies at least will get a chance to make their pitch. They are in the running. But they face an uphill climb if they are going to convince him to sign with Washington.

Richard Hager via e-mail: Seems like UW is becoming bigger players with Myles Jack and Danny Mattingly with the more time that goes by. Do you feel the same way?

A: The Huskies have been big players in the recruiting process for both Mattingly and Jack for a long time, to be honest. The coaching staff continued to keep in touch after they committed to Notre Dame and UCLA, respectively.

Now that Mattingly has decommitted, there are many reasons Washington makes sense. It’s in his home state. The Huskies are looking at him as both a tight end and linebacker. They offered him at the very beginning of this process.

But he has an official visit to Arizona State this weekend, followed by a trip to Oregon. After that, he plans to weigh his options.

Richard Hager via e-mail: Looks like a huge visit weekend for UW. Do you see any of the ones that are not yet committed to commit this weekend? Do you have any sort of feeling on that?

A: The confirmed visitors for this weekend are cornerback Daquawn Brown (Los Angeles/Dorsey), receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan), Washington receiver commit Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), USC commits Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) and offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough) and safety Trevor Walker (Arlington, Texas/Timberview).

Of the uncommitted prospects, the Huskies seem to have the best shot with Ross, Brown and Mathis at the moment. However, there is no great way to predict when prospects will announce their decisions.

Based on the way the process has played out for both Ross and Brown, it seems like both prospects are getting closer to a decision.

Nate via e-mail: With the coaching changes happening all over college football, how do you think this will play out for the Pac-12? Jeff Tedford and Jon Embree were coaching two of the worst teams in the conference. They can only hire better coaches now. How do you think this will reshuffle the deck in ranking the Pac-12, specifically the North Division?

A: Cal is going to have some work to do to catch up in the Pac-12 North. Oregon and Stanford are currently the power programs, while Oregon State caught everyone by surprise with its strong campaign in 2012. Mike Riley finds a way to keep the Beavers competitive, while Washington seems to be headed in the right direction under coach Steve Sarkisian.

Mike Leach struggled to find success in his first year at Washington State, and things won’t be easy for Cal coach Sonny Dykes next season.

The impact of these coaching changes won’t become evident for a few years. New coaches usually provide a quick jolt to recruiting, but I don’t see these changes having much of an immediate impact on the conference’s power structure.