Obviously last night the twittersphere was abuzz when King 5 ran this brief clip of Lakes offensive tackle Zach Banner from the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio (today at noon on NBC), where he lists Oklahoma and USC as the two schools he's choosing from and failed to mention the Huskies.
Thus far, Washington appears to be striking out with the top local recruits. Offensive tackles Walker Williams (Wisconsin) and Josh Garnett (Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame) have ruled the Huskies as has Lakes DB/WR Cedric Dozier (Cal) and running back KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame). Banner represents the last hope in terms of top local recruits.
But before Husky fans panic too much, the TNT's Doug Pacey got a text from Zach saying that he is still considering Washington.
Doug has an updated post on the Preps Blog. From his post:
I exchanged texts with Banner on Friday evening, telling him King-5 said he was considering USC and Oklahoma, that Washington was out of the running and asked if it was true.
Banner’s response: “No…Those 3.”
So, there you go. Is it really down to the Trojans and Sooners? Maybe. Did he just forget to mention Washington? Could be.
I feel like I know Banner as well as any media member can. I’ve covered him since he was a freshman at Lakes and have a good rapport. I know he’s a big family guy — he started the Family Over Everything mantra at Lakes — and that would be a pull to attend Washington because of its proximity to his home. But he’s also a fierce competitor and has a drive to win. The opportunity to compete for a national championship is high on his list and, no matter your school allegiance, that makes Oklahoma and USC attractive destinations right now.
For Washington fans, know that Steve Sarkisian recently took over Banner’s recruitment. Banner had scheduled an official visit to USC the weekend of Jan. 13, but that might get pushed back because of Lakes’ basketball schedule. He’s already taken official visits to Oklahoma and Washington.
Touted defensive back Shaq Thompson will make his announcement during the U.S. Army Bowl today. He will choose between Cal and Washington. Most people feel he is leaning toward to Cal since his brother Syd'Quam was a standout corner there.
Brandon Huffman of Scout.com sent out this tweet last night. Owens was Washington's first commit for the 2012 class.
That all changed when the Bruins offered him this week.
"I switched because I feel that it's a better fit for me," said Owens. "I get to stay home in Pasadena and things will be much more convenient for me and my family."
And Martin's move from Montlake to Westwood also played a key role.
"Coach Martin was recruiting me for Washington is now at UCLA and now he's recruiting me even harder, which makes our connection that much stronger," said Owens.Owens didn't have the greatest senior year, and UW has a running back commit from Erich Wilson out of San Mateo, CA. Rationalize however you want. But still, you don't like seeing commits change their mind. And I'm sure Sarkisian doesn't enjoy seeing Demetrice Martin being the guy to help them do it.
Dawgman is reporting that the Huskies are in the mix for corner back Randall Goforth out of Long Beach Poly. Goforth had originally committed to ASU. But he's opened it up. UCLA, behind Martin, has also entered the mix on Martin.