BY Steve Rudman 07:41AM 02/02/2011

Nobody Asks But Us

Over the past decade, how many players acquired by UW signing day have gone on to make first-team All-Pac-10?

In 2010, Mason Foster became Washington's first All-Pac-10 linebacker since 1997 / SSC Photo

Over the past decade, how many players acquired by Washington on national letter of intent day have gone on to make first-team All-Pac-10?

We’ll go back a little more than a decade to get a better perspective on just what a crapshoot signing day actually is.

The last UW player to enter the program as a high-profile signee and then go on to make first-team All-Pac-10 was linebacker Mason Foster, who became a Husky in the Class of 2007 and made the All-Conference first team following the 2010 season (his senior year).

Before Foster, also a two-time All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention choice, you have to go back to safety C.J.Wallace, who came to Washington in the Class of 2003 and became a first-team All-Pac-10 performer in 2006.

The last time Washington signed two future All-Pac-10 players in the same recruiting class was in 2001, when they inked wide receiver Reggie Williams and kick returner Charles Frederick. Both made first-team All-Pac-10 in 2003.

And the last time Washington signed three future All-Pac-10 players in the same recruiting class occurred in 1997, when the Jim Lambright regime inked quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, defensive lineman Larry Triplett and offensive lineman Kyle Benn. Triplett became a first-team choice twice, in 2000 and 2001.

While signing day stirs the fan base, bear in mind that the UW hasn’t signed a future All-Pac-10 quarterback since Tuiasosopo more than a decade ago (1997). It hasn’t inked a future All-Pac-10 running back since Corey Dillon in 1996. And when Foster became a first-team All-Pac-10 player this past season, he was the first Washington linebacker to receive that accolade since Jerry Jensen in 1997.

Likely more than half of the players Washington signs today will wash out of the program, or fail to become significant contributors.


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