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February 1, 2008 1:26 PM

Updated recruiting rankings

Posted by Bob Condotta

Talked with a recruiting expert today who reiterated a point made here a few times already --- UW is likely to see its final recruiting ranking move down a little bit as everyone else fills in their classes in the final days before letters are signed.

Scott Kennedy, the director of scouting for Scout.com, said UW's ranking (currently No. 10) is "artificially a little bit high based on how many commitments they have.'' UW has 26 commitments, more than anyone in the Pac-10 except ASU, which has 27.

This isn't to put a knock on UW's recruiting class --- it will still rank as one of the best in recent school history. Just to point out it should be no surprise if that ranking drops a few notches in coming days.

"They will come back in the pack a little, more in the middle-teens or so,'' Kennedy said.

Scout.com currently has UW at No. No. 2 in the Pac-10 as well as 10th in the nation. But as you can see, there's quite a scrum of Pac-10 teams there with UCLA at 9, ASU at 13 and USC at 14. Given that USC has just 17 commitments, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Trojans move up a few more notches and maybe ahead of UW by signing day.

Rivals.com has had a little less rosy view of UW's class all along, and currently has the Huskies at No. 22 nationally and fifth in the Pac-10.

How much rankings matter is a topic that can be debated another day --- or here in the comments section if you'd like. The general take on UW is that no matter the final ranking, it's a class filled with more than enough talent to win with down the road, which is the most important thing.

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