Friday, January 11, 2013
HuskyNation mailbag: Jan. 11
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- With less than a month to go before signing day, Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) has resumed his role as one of Washington’s top recruiters.
Whether a prospect is committed to or considering the Huskies, Qualls keeps an eye on the program’s recruiting effort. He tries to contribute wherever he can.
“I always stay updated on my Dawgs,” he said.
Can Washington close with a flourish and add No. 1 ILB Reuben Foster?
But, like any good recruiter, Qualls isn’t giving anything away late in the process. The 6-foot-1, 282-pound defensive lineman is working on a couple of talented prospects but said it wasn’t the right time to reveal any names.
Washington is in the top two of the prospects he's talked to, giving Qualls reason to expect a big finish for the Huskies.
“We’re in the running for a lot of people, honestly,” Qualls said. “It’s kind of crazy, because anybody who has been up to UW knows that’s a top school and, honestly, we might run out of scholarships with the number of people who are actually thinking about it.”
With nine official visitors heading to Seattle, Washington faces another important recruiting weekend, another opportunity to improve a class that is currently rated No. 17 in the nation.
While an impressive list of prospects prepare for their official visits, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@tomheinbaugh via Twitter: What are the Dawgs’ chances on a monster recruit looking like?
HuskyNation: The chances of the Huskies pulling off a recruiting surprise seem to get better by the day.
Now, will Foster be that prospect? Will Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) decide the Huskies are the best fit? Will it be someone else whose name has yet to surface on recruiting sites?
Well, we'll see what happens. Qualls seems confident there are a handful of recruits with the Huskies in their top two and the program’s recent momentum has progressed to the point where Washington seems poised to add a few more impressive names before signing day.
@ken_jones_pmp via Twitter: What happened with Sammie Long? Just the facts as you know them.
HN: After talking to both Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes coach Dave Miller and Long’s mother, Adriane, this is a situation where Long wants to make sure he ends up playing for the program that best fits his future.
He has an official visit set up with Idaho this week in addition to a few other trips later this month.
The receiver didn’t officially decommit, but he is caught in a situation where the Huskies have three other receivers in this class and Washington hasn’t been actively recruiting him, so he decided to look at his options.
Now, if the Huskies called and said, “We want you in Seattle,” I think he would end up signing with Washington. However, at this point, it makes sense for Long to look around.
Someone else asked if the situation with Long and the Huskies would impact the program’s relationship with Lakes, a school that consistently produces Division I talent. Miller plans to maintain his relationship with Washington. There is no rift between Miller and the Huskies. If one of Miller’s players wants to play college football at Washington and the program extends a scholarship offer, the coach plans to do everything he can go facilitate a positive experience.
@Dkatterhagen via Twitter: With Kylie Fitts’ decommitment [from USC] when everyone thought he was solid, how nervous should UW fans be about Elijah Qualls and Darrell Daniels?
HN: Every recruit is different, so it’s tough to compare one teenager’s decision to another. I do know this -- Qualls will end up at Washington. There is no doubt in my mind he signs Feb. 6. I also believe Daniels ends up with the Huskies.
Both prospects have consistently expressed their excitement to begin their college careers in Seattle, and there hasn’t been any reason to expect a change in their commitments.
@blykmyk44 via Twitter: Do you think UW is done with its defensive line? Besides Eddie Vanderdoes, do you think they’d still take Austin Hooper or Kylie Fitts?
HN: If the right opportunity presents itself, Washington will take another defensive line prospect in this year’s class. If Vanderdoes, Hooper or Fitts wanted to play for the Huskies, the program would welcome them.
@smashmode via Twitter: Notice the ESPN 150 and 300 got updated. Several UW prospects went up correct?
HN: Washington is definitely well represented in the ESPN 300. Qualls made a big jump in the rankings, climbing almost 100 spots from No. 212 to 117.
Receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) and Daniels also climbed in the rankings. Here is the full list with five Washington commits in the ESPN 300.