Hum the song, Steve Sarkisian, if you know it.
Although the time that "Magic Man" came out in 1976 by Heart, the last thing an infant Sarkisian was thinking about was NCAA Division I football recruiting (although rumor has it, at that age, he was already reading football playbooks).
But less than 24 hours away from revealing his first "full" class of recruits, Sarkisian is the Magic Man – and could produce even more of it if a few dominoes fall his way this morning.
Uncommitted recruits to pay attention to:• LB Josh Shirley out of Fontana, Calif. (UW, Miami of Florida, USC).
• DT Ricky Heimuli out of Salt Lake City (UW, UCLA, Utah).
• DE Kona Schwenke out of Honolulu (Notre Dame, UW).
• DB Jeremy Ioane out of Honolulu (UW, Notre Dame, Boise State).
• There's also LBs V.J. Fehoko, Hayes Pullard III and S Sean Parker to monitor, but it appears the Huskies are longshots, at best, to land them.
I asked Brandon Huffman, the West Coast recruiting guru for Scout.com, to handicap the odds of the Huskies in these last-day sweepstakes.
"Getting one is realistic," Huffman said. "Two is optimistic. Three is shooting for the stars."
The UW's class ranking has varied among the three primary governing bodies. Scout.com has the Huskies No. 8, as of Tuesday. ESPN.com has them No. 21. Rivals.com has them No. 33.
Huffman thinks when it's said and done, the UW will solidly be in the top 15.
Some questions to consider about the UW class, ones I'm sure Sarkisian will address at noon Wednesday:
• The Huskies have six commitments from linebackers. If they don't land Shirley (or Pullard, for that matter), is this still a position group with lots of questions marks, for next season and the immediate future?
• With only one cornerback (Gregory Ducre, out of Los Angeles) in this class, and a few "athletes" who could wind up as defensive backs, has the UW really taken care of its secondary needs? Ioane would certainly help.
• How good would a Sione Potoa'e-Ricky Heimuli defensive-tackle pairing look good in this class? No school on the West Coast could boast that kind of star power at such a must-need position.
• Does Johnny Nansen get paid enough for his recruiting work in Hawaii (and, yes, Sark does his fair share of "closing" in the islands as well).