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The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:07 pm
  • I love following reruiting, its a year long roller coaster. I know at least a couple others here follow it as well so I figured i'd start a thread and update it all year as commits come in. I'm pretty dialed in to Oregon recruiting, and somewhat dialed in to Washington recruiting, so i'll focus on them, but if anybody wants to add stuff about WSU or OSU, or anybody else for that matter, it would be awesome. I personally love college football as a whole way more than I love the NFL as a whole, so following recruiting also helps you know kids all across the country before they ever even suit up for their college teams. (and yes, i realize that obsessing over high school kids can be kind of creepy, but i'm not the type that follows them on twitter, or gets upset when a kid chooses another school. I just get my info from recruiting websites, specifically 247.)

    One thing to keep in mind is that both UW and Oregon are expected to have pretty small classes in 2017. I've heard that UW will probably have between 15-17 while Oregon will have 20-22 spots to fill. So to begin with, UO and UW both have 2 commits each already.

    I'll begin with UO's:

    Ryan Kelley, is a high 4 star QB from Arizona. I think he has a good chance to be a 5 star by the time this class is done after he goes through the summer camp circuit and everything. This kid can spin it. I think he's probably the best throwing QB the Ducks have ever got commited, including Mariota, and he's a decent but not spectacular runner. Junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3698560/hig ... /308650515

    Langi Tuifua, 4 star WDE from Utah. He was the Ducks first commit for 2017. Might be a linebacker, or might be a defensive end, just depends on how much weight he puts on. Junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2796620/hig ... /243704378

    Here are UW's guys they already have commited.

    Keith Taylor, 4 star CB from Anaheim He was the Huskies first commitment. Tall, rangy CB. Seems to be pretty solid to UW, but his high school is traditionally a feeder school to USC, so if they offer him things could get interesting. Junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3394134/hig ... /309019422

    Connor Wedington, unranked athlete from Sumner, Wa. He just commited the other day. With UW having a small class, quite frankly i'm a little surprised that they took his commit this early. It means that he must be somebody that CP really likes though. He's listed as an athlete but i've read that he's going to start out at RB for UW. Also plays DB. Looks pretty good on tape, but I dont know what kind of competition he's playing against.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:37 pm
  • One nice thing this year is that this is by far the most talent i've ever seen in the states of Oregon and WAshington. I'm going to highlight a few of those kids.

    First, the Oregon kids...

    Elijah Molden, 4* CB from West Linn.

    I think he's actually underrated by the recruiting services because he's from Oregon and we dont get a lot of attention here. He's a true shut down corner. He's the closest thing there is to a Duck lock, because his daddy was a great Duck. I've heard that Stanford is the one and only school that might be able to steal him away, but I think he ends up a Duck. Junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3511071/hig ... /317603384

    Marlon Tuipolutu, 4* DT, from INdependence, Or

    He just moved to Oregon so he doesnt really have a ton of local roots to keep him in state as most Oregon high school players do. This kids a beast. Both the Huskies and the Ducks are coming strong at this kid. He's also got offers from USC, BYU, Utah and others. I think he'll end up a Duck, but wouldnt be at all surprised if he ends up somewhere else, including UW. Junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3208424/hig ... /311947394

    David Morris, 3* LB from Sherwood, Oregon

    Doesnt have an offer yet but if the Ducks offer he'll be in Eugene. I like this kid a lot. Junior Highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4192855/hig ... /301884386

    Demetrius Douglas, unrated athlete from Jesuit High School

    Hasnt really splashed yet because he was injured much of his junior season. He's an electric athlete. Will probably end up at CB but could be a WR. Already has an Oregon offer and will probably end up a Duck. We've had several guys from his high school the last few years. Highlightes:

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:00 pm
  • Now for some Washington dudes...Some SERIOUS talent in the state this year:

    Foster Sarrell, 5* o'line, Top 10 nationally rated player, from Graham Washington.

    He's most likely going to be a Husky. Oregon, Stanford and USC are all in the conversation, but everything i've read points to WAshington. Highlights, i think these are from his sophomore year, cant find any junior highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3258116/hig ... /163626391

    Henry Bainivalu, high 4* o'line, from Seattle

    Another guy that will probably end up a Husky since he can pretty much walk to campus. Two really good in state o'linemen for UW. I think the main competition right now is Michigan, but i think he ends up a Husky. Cant find his junior highlights either, but here's his sophomore tape:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3016306/hig ... /233264376

    Salvon Ahmen, 4* athlete from Kirland

    I love, love, love this kid. I think he's underranked. He has De'anthony thomas like electricity. I think its going to be an Oregon vs WAshington battle. I think his recruitment might end up like Budda Bakers (who was commited to Oregon for a few months before flipping to UW). I think he'll give the Ducks a long, hard look and i wouldnt be surprised if he ends up here, Stanford, USC, OSU, WSU and others have already offered. UW has a good chance of keeping him in state, but i think he might be open to leaving state as well. We'll see. I know he just had an unofficial visit to UW over this past weekend.
    Highlights:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2657097/hig ... /297844377

    Hunter Bryant, 4* TE from Bellevue

    Dont know much about this kid, but i'm assuming since he's from Bellevue he'll probably end up at UW. Also has offers listed from Nebraska and WSU

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3332826/hig ... /319460461

    Dontae Powell, high 3* o'linemen from Richland.

    As of right now Washington State is his only offer. I'm sure he'll be receiving more.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:58 pm
  • - Foster Sarrell, is going to come down to stanford and UW. Probably won't commit until January

    - Henry Bainivalu, is a bIg UW lean that should commit in the summertime

    - Salvon Ahmen, would be surprised if he didn't end up at UW. Will also commit in January

    - Hunter Bryant, is a UW lean but is down on the UW board. There telling him to take his time while working on Jimmy Jaggers who they have rated higher at the tight end position. They are in his top 2 with Michigan and he is making his decision in the spring. I think he ends up at Michigan because Jim Harbaugh doesn't miss when it comes to TE.

    - Dontae Powell he is talented and would have a lot more offers including one from UW if it wasn't for his academics. He has a lot of work to do in that department.

    -Foster, Henry, Salvon, Hunter, and Connor are the only in-state recruits UW has offered. The only other in state recruit could see them offering if Dontae if he gets his academics in order.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:28 pm
  • I like Kelley a lot. He's small. 6'1", 175. But who cares, he's really smart and plays the position like it's second nature. He's also a sneaky good scrambler. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Jake Browning, though I think Kelley has a stronger arm (not as strong as Mariota's, though).
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:46 pm
  • Jim harbaugh and Michigan just landed Christians little brother Dylan McCaffrey. He's a 6'5" qb and a lot of people think he's the more talented of the mccaffrey brothers. Everyone thought he was a lock to Stanford.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:29 pm
  • I'm jealous of Michigan fans. And feel sorry for 49ers fans.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:06 am
  • kearly wrote:I'm jealous of Michigan fans. And feel sorry for 49ers fans.


    Yep, give him another recruiting class or two and harbaugh is going to build a monster over there. Michigan comes to Seattle in 2020 then in 2021 the huskies head to Ann Arbor. That could be a great series if both continue their upward trends.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:22 am
  • Husky rb deontee cooper is transferring to San Jose state. If everything goes right for the huskies he probably wouldn't have seen the field a whole lot, but a blow to the depth.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:12 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Husky rb deontee cooper is transferring to San Jose state. If everything goes right for the huskies he probably wouldn't have seen the field a whole lot, but a blow to the depth.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DCoop_32/sta ... 3740353537


    Deontae Cooper is still eligible to play? Isn't he like on his 8 year of college ball?
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:08 pm
  • Sounds like Ducks basketball player Dwayne Benjamin is going to join the football team as a wr. He's out of eligibility for hoops, but since he didnt redshirt he has one year of eligibility in which he can play football.

    As a high school wide receiver he was good enough to get offered by LSU and others. I doubt he see's signifigant field time, but it cant hurt to have a guy who's 6'6", and can jump out of the gym, down around the goal line.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:02 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Husky rb deontee cooper is transferring to San Jose state. If everything goes right for the huskies he probably wouldn't have seen the field a whole lot, but a blow to the depth.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DCoop_32/sta ... 3740353537


    He's a big RB but otherwise he's pretty mediocre and injury prone. The Bryce Brown of Husky RBs. He got buried behind much better RBs last year. I wish him well.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:06 pm
  • Huskies got a commitment from 4 star receiver Terrell Bynum tonight. Pretty good get. Same high school as Sean mcgrew from last years class.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:13 pm
  • Huskies just got a huge commit from dt marlon tuipolotu from Oregon. Kid is a beast!! Highlights above in my post talking about Oregon kids.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:30 am
  • The last two recruits the Huskies just got shows just how dialed in Chris Peterson and company are right now.

    Huskies failed to land a big time WR and DT in 2016 recruiting class despite strong efforts that came down to end.

    So they turned around and went hard after two of the top West Coast players at those respective positions in the 2017 class.

    Washington is building the foundations of a strong football program and the top recruits are taking notice and taking interest.

    If the team can start winning 9+ games a year, I feel in a few years Washington is going to be the school to beat for the top West Coast recruits and most definately the Washington State players.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:24 am
  • 4 star tight end from Bellevue, Hunter Bryant, has commited to UW this morning. Highlights above in the WAshington kids post.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:03 pm
  • Huskies got anthor commit today, this one from a wr named alex cook from calafornia. He's 6'2 170 and has offers from michigan, oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Cal. Peterson is killing it right now.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:13 pm
  • goseahawks2012 wrote:Huskies got anthor commit today, this one from a wr named alex cook from calafornia. He's 6'2 170 and has offers from michigan, oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Cal. Peterson is killing it right now.


    Here's his junior highlights. His high school coach sure liked the fade routes with him.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:34 pm
  • I've never heard the term "recruiting" used when discussing high schoolers. Granted, this is on different types of message boards, but still. Anyway, I've always heard it referred to as "grooming". Just happy I have a new place to discuss such things.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:29 am
  • As I am not an alumnus of an American university, I am not very heavily invested in US college football -- however, I do enjoy following Udub athletics.

    As to the football team in the recent past, it seemed that they were always getting beaten in the 4th quarter by the opposing team scoring on long pass plays -- what are the prospects for an improved pass defense in the coming season?
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Mon May 02, 2016 10:29 pm
  • Also a lot of smoke that qb commit Ryan Kelley is decommiting from the ducks.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Tue May 03, 2016 1:39 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Also a lot of smoke that qb commit Ryan Kelley is decommiting from the ducks.


    I assume UCLA is pushing hard? Tui is a hell of a recruiter.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Tue May 03, 2016 2:32 pm
  • drrew wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:Also a lot of smoke that qb commit Ryan Kelley is decommiting from the ducks.


    I assume UCLA is pushing hard? Tui is a hell of a recruiter.


    Havnt heard anything specific, but my guess is that Arizona state might be the player, long term girlfriend in Arizona. As they say, in recruiting pussy is undefeated.

    There's also a theory from someone who's had inside info in the past that oregon is pushing him away. He commited to Scott frost who is no longer here. Lubick and yost might want to get their own guy. If that's the case they better have somebody pretty good in the bag, because I like Kelley a lot.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 10:56 am
  • kearly wrote:I'm jealous of Michigan fans. And feel sorry for 49ers fans.


    Just wait until Pete retires and Harbs takes over the Seahawks and wins a couple of Superb Owl's here.

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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 11:04 am
  • 5-star QB Tate Martell de-committed from TAMU .. USC and Ohio State are believed to be the front runners for him. Martell was actually a "commit" to USC when he was 14.

    Martell has drawn a ton of comparisons to Johnny Manziel, for his play though not for his behavior.

    As an aside TAMU is losing a lot of big name recruits .. Sumlin and co must be complete a-holes to send this much top level talent at QB running for the hills
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 12:38 pm
  • Hasselbeck wrote:Martell was actually a "commit" to USC when he was 14.


    Not USC, he was a UW commit at 14.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 1:59 pm
  • drrew wrote:
    Hasselbeck wrote:Martell was actually a "commit" to USC when he was 14.


    Not USC, he was a UW commit at 14.


    Yep. You're right. Confused Martell with a kid Kiffin recruited.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 2:24 pm
  • Hasselbeck wrote:5-star QB Tate Martell de-committed from TAMU .. USC and Ohio State are believed to be the front runners for him. Martell was actually a "commit" to USC when he was 14.

    Martell has drawn a ton of comparisons to Johnny Manziel, for his play though not for his behavior.

    As an aside TAMU is losing a lot of big name recruits .. Sumlin and co must be complete a-holes to send this much top level talent at QB running for the hills


    I've heard that Cal is the favorite right now. The Texas a&m offensive coordinator that martell commited to is now the oc at cal.
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Thu May 05, 2016 8:12 pm
  • Russell Wilson was a two star recruit despite being a dominant High School QB with elite athleticism. Martell is a five star recruit who is the same height as Russell Wilson. Maybe Martell keeps growing but that's pretty weird that a 5'10.5" QB would be a five star.

    Manziel was 6'0", and was a three star.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 8:24 pm
  • kearly wrote:Russell Wilson was a two star recruit despite being a dominant High School QB with elite athleticism. Martell is a five star recruit who is the same height as Russell Wilson. Maybe Martell keeps growing but that's pretty weird that a 5'10.5" QB would be a five star.

    Manziel was 6'0", and was a three star.


    Not only is he 5'10, but he has like 8" hands. But he can spin it, there's no doubt.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 8:25 pm
  • kearly wrote:Russell Wilson was a two star recruit despite being a dominant High School QB with elite athleticism. Martell is a five star recruit who is the same height as Russell Wilson. Maybe Martell keeps growing but that's pretty weird that a 5'10.5" QB would be a five star.

    Manziel was 6'0", and was a three star.


    Probably has a lot to do with exposure and hype. I don't know how big of a school Wilson went to, or what type of exposure their program got, but martell goes to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas which is probably the best football program in the west, and currently the number 1 team in the country. Plus, kind of like a lebron James he's been a nationally known name since he was in middle school.

    Dudes got real talent though.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 8:38 pm
  • kearly wrote:Russell Wilson was a two star recruit despite being a dominant High School QB with elite athleticism. Martell is a five star recruit who is the same height as Russell Wilson. Maybe Martell keeps growing but that's pretty weird that a 5'10.5" QB would be a five star.

    Manziel was 6'0", and was a three star.


    As J alluded to, Bishop Gorman has a lot to do with it. That HS is very revered amongst all the recruiting rankings.

    I think naturally when he committed to TAMU, that people saw a small white QB who could run around and make plays with his feet and his arm and immediately went "Manziel!" .. he's even said that he wants to pattern his game after Russ though.

    I would love him at USC, just don't know if the offense best suits his attributes. I think he'd be a monster at Ohio State or somewhere that runs a lot of spread.
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Thu May 05, 2016 9:01 pm
  • All I hope is that Martell does not go to Oregon, that would be a nightmare pairing for the rest of the Pac 12.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 9:43 pm
  • Hawkfan77 wrote:All I hope is that Martell does not go to Oregon, that would be a nightmare pairing for the rest of the Pac 12.


    Martell has been campaigning for a UO offer and for whatever reason the coaches don't seem interested. It's baffling and infuriating. Some people seem to think his family wants him to be promised the starting spot. some seem to think he has a giant ego and may not fit the culture. I say screw it and offer the kid!

    Especially since his teammate, 5 star receiver, Tyjon Lindsey wants to be a package deal and already has oregon as one if his finalists.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 10:42 pm
  • Martell looks pretty good, but I don't think he's better than Russell Wilson or Johnny Football were. It's fascinating to think that attending a certain high school could explain the ranking discrepancy.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Thu May 05, 2016 11:26 pm
  • kearly wrote:Martell looks pretty good, but I don't think he's better than Russell Wilson or Johnny Football were. It's fascinating to think that attending a certain high school could explain the ranking discrepancy.


    This is just a guess but Russell Wilson was also probably to busy playing baseball to participate in all of the camp circuits which is another big factor in the rankings.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Fri May 06, 2016 5:44 am
  • kearly wrote:Martell looks pretty good, but I don't think he's better than Russell Wilson or Johnny Football were. It's fascinating to think that attending a certain high school could explain the ranking discrepancy.



    The other thing about Martell, is he his already older than our RS Fr qb. So he's not likely to get any taller, or his hands to magically get bigger and stronger.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Fri May 06, 2016 2:26 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:
    drrew wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:Also a lot of smoke that qb commit Ryan Kelley is decommiting from the ducks.


    I assume UCLA is pushing hard? Tui is a hell of a recruiter.


    Havnt heard anything specific, but my guess is that Arizona state might be the player, long term girlfriend in Arizona. As they say, in recruiting pussy is undefeated.

    There's also a theory from someone who's had inside info in the past that oregon is pushing him away. He commited to Scott frost who is no longer here. Lubick and yost might want to get their own guy. If that's the case they better have somebody pretty good in the bag, because I like Kelley a lot.


    As expected, he commited to ASU today. Girlfriends always win recruiting battles.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Fri May 06, 2016 4:00 pm
  • Yup, ASU makes sense.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Fri May 06, 2016 4:02 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:
    kearly wrote:Martell looks pretty good, but I don't think he's better than Russell Wilson or Johnny Football were. It's fascinating to think that attending a certain high school could explain the ranking discrepancy.


    This is just a guess but Russell Wilson was also probably to busy playing baseball to participate in all of the camp circuits which is another big factor in the rankings.


    Manziel and Wilson should have been 5 star high school QBs all along, but never were due to the flaws in the evaluation methods of these ranking agencies. It might be that their college success caused a rethinking of how to rank short QBs, which Martell benefited from.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Fri May 06, 2016 5:17 pm
  • kearly wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:
    kearly wrote:Martell looks pretty good, but I don't think he's better than Russell Wilson or Johnny Football were. It's fascinating to think that attending a certain high school could explain the ranking discrepancy.


    This is just a guess but Russell Wilson was also probably to busy playing baseball to participate in all of the camp circuits which is another big factor in the rankings.


    Manziel and Wilson should have been 5 star high school QBs all along, but never were due to the flaws in the evaluation methods of these ranking agencies. It might be that their college success caused a rethinking of how to rank short QBs, which Martell benefited from.



    No, there have been short 5* qbs before. Tate Forcier comes to mind
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Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:54 pm
  • Uw got a commitment from a junior college punter today.
    An Australian dude (I hate Australian style punters).

    He'll come in as a sophomore and has already used his redshirt, so he's a 3 years to play 3 dude.
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Re: The 2017 recruiting thread.
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:53 am
  • CPHawk wrote:There have been short 5* qbs before. Tate Forcier comes to mind


    I sense there may be some truth to what you are saying, though technically Forcier is listed at 6'0" and was a four star recruit, so there are probably better examples of it.

    JSeahawks wrote:Uw got a commitment from a junior college punter today.
    An Australian dude (I hate Australian style punters).

    He'll come in as a sophomore and has already used his redshirt, so he's a 3 years to play 3 dude.


    I hope he is a rugby style kicker. UW has faced a few good ones over the years and they were extremely annoying to go against.
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