Successful coaches know the key to maintaining a top program is through recruiting. Coach Sarkisian learned this lesson well watching his mentor Pete Carroll awaken the echoes of a powerhouse in Los Angeles.
Sarkisian’s first recruiting class at Washington was considered small, and average. With previous coach Tyrone Willingham giving up on recruiting, knowing he wasn’t going to be back, Sarkisian had to work to catch up.
The 2010 recruiting class was the first for Sarkisian after running his own program for a year. He did not disappoint either. Bringing in 31 kids to a program desperately in need of bodies, he was able to address a lot of concerns as far as depth.
The class garnered a top 25 ranking in all but one recruiting service.
Now that the 2010 class has signed their letters of intent, it is time to start looking forward to the recruiting class of 2011. The first edition will look at quarterbacks and running backs that Washington has currently offered as confirmed by Rivals at this point.
Boehm is a 6-3/205 quarterback from San Jose, California. He is a drop back quarterback who produced 936 yards through the air, along with 877 yards on the ground. He has the size and build of a pro-style prospect, and is listed as one, but Boehm has good mobility and runs a 4.8 40-yard dash. This season his high school switched to a spread based attack, which led to his increased running numbers.
He is comfortable as both a drop back passer and a runner. He looks to be a good fit for Sarkisian’s offense. Holds offers from three PAC-10 schools. He is listed on ESPN’s watch list to be ranked in the ESPNU top 150.
Hundley is a 6-4/210 quarterback from Chandler, Arizona. He is a dual threat quarterback who put up 1,208 yards on the ground and 1,517 yards through the air. Hundley’s stock is steadily rising as he has the tools to be either a drop back passer or dual threat.
He has a strong arm, but definitely has the ability to get it done on the ground, and is considered a good leader. He is on the ESPNU top 25 watch list, and has offers from eight division one programs so far. He seems like a great fit in a spread option offense, but would also work in a pro-style set.
Hundley might want to take note of how Sarkisian uses Jake Locker to see if that mix would be best for him. Although he does appear to be a natural fit for an Oregon style spread-option.
Bigelow is a 5-10/180 running back/defensive back from Fresno, California. He is also the first commitment for the Huskies 2011 class. On the ground Bigelow produced 1,000 yards on 11.4 yards a carry.
Bigelow is listed on the ESPNU Top 25 watch list. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. Bigelow is a speedy outside runner who hits the hole at full speed. He is considered a soft verbal for the Huskies. His burst of speed would be a welcome addition to the Washington backfield.
George Atkins Jr.
Atkins is a 6-2/185 running back/athlete from Livermore, California. Atkins runs a 4.4 forty yard dash. His junior season he produced 965 yards on the ground at 9.1 ypc. Atkins is watching his offer list grow with offers from half of the PAC-10 already.
His vision, speed, and ability to break tackles project well to the D-1 level. He will continue to receive more offers, and would be a great get for the Huskies backfield. Has the ability to run on the inside and outside, and has the look of a primary back in College.
Going into the 2010 season Washington has three quarterbacks on the roster after the transfers of Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean. Starter Jake Locker is a redshirt senior, so for 2011 the Huskies are currently looking at two quarterbacks on their depth chart, Keith Price and Nick Montana. Washington needs to take at least one quarterback for 2011.
The depth at the running back position looks a little bit better. Washington has five running backs going into the 2010 season, with no seniors on the roster. The 2010 class welcomes in two more running backs to the stable. Even with that depth, look for Sarkisian to still go after a second running back even with Bigelow commited.
In the second edition we will look at wide receivers and tight ends.
Article originally featured on The Sports Chronicle Blog .