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Recruiting: Gilby versus Neu?
How well did
Gilbertson compare with Neuheisel?
Malamute, 9 February 2004
Don James, photo by Kim Grinolds, dawgman.com
|Each year, the Tacoma News Tribune publishes a
list of the best high school players in the west. And each year, we use that
list as a benchmark to answer the question: How well did the Huskies
recruit relative to other schools in the Pac-10?
One more question was asked this year. As a recruiter, how well did Keith Gilbertson
stack up against former coach Rick Neueheisel?
Not well, according to the table below. Neuheisel brought in 14 players last
year that were members of the Western 100, second best in the Pac-10. Gilbertson
recruited seven this year, his performance ranking in the bottom half
of the conference, along with Mike Riley (OSU), Buddy Teevens (Stanford), and
Mike Stoops (Arizona).
Not bringing in highly regarded out-of-state products is where Gilbertson parted
company with Neuheisel, so says the Western-100 comparator.
Gilbertson brought in just one
recruit from the Western 100 that hails from outside of the state of Washington. Neuheisel brought in eight last year, while managing to recruit six in-state
products from that list. Coincidentally, Gilbertson brought in six in-state
products as well.
The Western 100 aside, Gilbertson failed to bring in a recruit from the Hawaiian
Islands, a Huskies' staple in past years. The Florida pipeline is apparently
closed as well.
Although the TNT metric is a highly subjective benchmark,
it remains constant throughout the years and correlates somewhat with the way
teams finish in the conference race each season when viewed through a wide-angle
lens, that is, the top five teams versus the bottom five.
Using this table as a reference, it would seem that Oregon,
USC, Washington State, UCLA and California are on the rise and that
Washington, Arizona, OSU, Stanford, and ASU are sinking.
Although that conclusion is arguable, it correlates with my
gut feeling about the current trend in the Pac-10. A case in point: Considering the
UW's dire need for offensive linemen, not getting the best offensive lineman in the state,
Aaron Klovas, may say something about recruiting, our coaches and that trend. Particularly,
when taken in the context of the negative stuff I heard about Klovas at the
recruiting banquet, all of which sounded like sour grapes.
If Washington's top recruit, Matt Tuiasosopo, opts for
professional baseball and one of its big-time recruits (the one mentioned at
the banquet) fails to qualify academically, then this recruiting class takes a
big hit in the subjective rankings. J.C. transfer Dashon Goldson has just
undergone shoulder surgery and is expected to miss spring practices. Assistant
coach Scott Pelluer, however, says that all of the recruits are expected to
qualify and that Goldson's shoulder injury is not serious.
Thankfully, since I'm neither an expert on football nor a
recruiting guru, there is plenty of hope in the future for the Huskies and coach Gilbertson. Most
likely, a nearsighted boy scout could shoot 40 mm holes in my logic, using a
rusted BB gun from a mile away. Don't miss the bonus material below, lucky fans.
UW football recruits, Western 100.
Tuiasosopo, QB, 6-2, 205, Woodenville, Wa.
Johnie Kirton, RB, 6-3, 240, Mill Creek, Wa.
Greyson Gunheim, DT, 6-6, 230, Sebastopol, Ca.
Trenton Tuiasosopo, LB, 6-1, 220, Woodenville, Wa.
Walter Winter, LB, 6-5, 230, Kirkland, Wa.
Keauntea Bankhead, DB 6-0, 205, Seattle, Wa.
Casey Bulyca, OL, 6-7, 290, Woodenville, Wa.
Each year, the
News Tribune, which polls college coaches and various media outlets, selects the
top 100 high school recruits in the western states (Alaska, Arizona, California,
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington).
Table. Number of players recruited from TNT's Western 100, in the years 2004 and
2003. Pac-10 schools only.
* USC brought in six less players (19) than
the allowable limit of 25. Four of its recruits hailed from places outside of
the TNT coverage zone.
# The Huskies signed 3 players (not eligible
for the list) out of the junior college ranks, two of which were highly sought
Bonus Material: Since you've
stayed with this article this long, you deserve some bonus footage. According to
Ruth Robbins, realdawg.com, there could be a surprise announcement coming
shortly. Taking a guess at what it may be:
-- Ruth accepts position as Husky AD. She'll
kick some butt.
-- A Mars rover uncovers the body of Jimmy
Hoffa. Thatís Spirit, of course.
-- Rick pays back the $1.5 million loan and
drops his lawsuit against the UW.
-- Matt says he wonít play professional
baseball. Say, itís true, Matt, please do.
-- Mrs. Tuiasosopo is pregnant; God bless her
in advance for the Rose Bowl in 2023. What a talented family.
Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at