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A few football notes to pass along

I feel like a neglectful husband a little when it comes to football posts. Obviously, with basketball being in season it kind of has my full attention. But at the same time, there is plenty going on with football too.  So I will try and do a better job about keeping up some links. I'm always trying to get ahead to do some season wrap-up stuff.

Right now recruiting is the forefront and these final days before the Feb. 1 signing day are going to be filled with rumors, commitments, de-commitments and mass hysteria.

Let's start with one of UW's most prized commitments -- quarterback Cyler Miles. The "next Keith Price" took an official visit to USC and will have Lane Kiffin come for an in-home visit this week according to ESPN's Greg Biggins. Miles told Biggins the reason he agreed to go on the USC visit was because of the loss of UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. UW will be sending new OC and QB coach Eric Kiesau to visit with Miles this week as well. So far Kiesau and Miles have only talked on the phone.

As for the USC visit? From Biggins story ...

“I mean, it’s USC,” Miles said. “That’s a big time program in every way you can think of. I loved the campus and the city itself and the players and coaches were all very cool with me. I would say the highlight for me was walking in to the weight room and seeing the guys train. I’ve never seen anything like that before. The intensity the guys train with is ridiculous and it’s easy to see why they’re as good as they are.

“Dion Bailey was my host but I hung out with a lot of the players on the team. I was with Matt Barkley a lot, and he’s a real cool guy and I enjoyed hanging with the other recruits out there too like Zach Banner and Aziz Shittu. I could definitely see myself being comfortable at USC. Saying that, I’m still solid with Washington and that’s where I intent to play.” Sacramento free afety Shaq Thompson has now decided he likely won't make a decision between UW, Cal, Oregon or UCLA on signing day. He has in-home visits from all four schools. But come Feb.1, the top rated safety in the class might wait a few days

Bellarmine wide receiver Michael Rector, long committed to UW, could now be headed to Stanford. We knew that Rector was accepted into Stanford a few months ago and his family is really pushing him toward the Cardinal. He will make an announcement on signing day. Here's some highlights of Rector.

Four-star corner back Devian Shelton, who committed to Oregon State, but is now wavering after Keith Heyward went to UW, will wait till signing day to announce his commitment.

Andy Staples has a great story on Twitter and pratfalls of it when it comes to high school football recruits.

Let's get to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, where RB Chris Polk, OL Senio Kelemete and DT Alameda Ta'amu are trying to up their draft stock.

Polk got some praise from Vikings coach and North team head coach Leslie Frazier.

"You can see that burst that he has," Frazier said. "He could run through some of those 'thud' tackles."

The Vikings could definitely be a fit since they will be without Adrian Peterson for the season and Toby Gerhart is also banged up.

Polk is trying to prove he has the speed to be an every down back.

"I'm trying to showcase the speed this week," Polk said after the North's first practice Monday. "Not too many people think I'm fast, so I've got to show that this week."
This guy wasn't as impressed with Polk


This SI report mentions Senio Kelemete moving inside to guard and flourishing and Alameda Ta'amu playing stoutly.

Around the Pac-12

Chase Thomas is returning to Stanford and with the return of Shayne Skov, the Cardinal's defense should be solid.

Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder is killing it with the Chip Kelly columns. Here's another one.

USC wide receiver Robert Woods will be back in February and ready to go after ankle surgery

Former Kansas QB Brock Berglund would like to transfer to a Pac-12 school, but Charlie Weis is being Charlie Weis and won't release him, even though they've given the starting job to Dayne Christ.