Recruiting Blog: 9/29

West Seattle DB Aaron Grymes

It's been a tough first month to the 2008 season for the Huskies. After Saturday's game they are now 0-4 and the last BCS school without a win. Recruiting has taken a bit of a hit, but the coaches have been out at games the past few weekends and Dawgman.com caught up with a few of the players they've been looking at, including one that has already committed to them.

We spoke with several committed players and players looking at Washington and posted an article (Recruiting Blog: 9/19) regarding the start to the season and it was more of the same this week.

West Seattle DB Aaron Grymes committed to Washington on the first day of fall camp and his team is off to a great start, but he hasn't been on the field in two weeks.

"I got a slight tear in my meniscus so the coaches don't want me risking getting hurt worse," Grymes told Dawgman.com. "There's just a little bit of swelling and that's why we shut it down, but I should be able to be back for the Rainier Beach game (October 17th) and that way I can be there for our playoff run."

Grymes has been at Husky Stadium for Washington's last three games and he admitted it's been tough to watch his future team lose like they have.

"They have played well, but they just can't seem to get a win," Grymes said. "It's been a tough road for them with all the top teams they've played, but I think they can bounce back."

Does Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham's tenuous status have any effect on his commitment to the Dawgs?

"I'd like him to stay, but I understand what's going on there," Grymes said. "It's impossible to miss that he's on the hot seat, but I'm committed to the school, not the coaching staff.

"I would love for them to stay so I can play for them, but it's not going to change my mind on where I want to go."

Desert Vista (Phoenix, Arizona) DE Danny Mullarkey is another player who the Huskies are after that says Washington's start hasn't affected his interest in them.

"I'm still looking around, but Washington is right up there for me," Mullarkey said. "I mean, yeah it would be great if they won, but when you have a team that's young like that and they have played a lot of tough teams so far, sometimes stuff like that happens.

"I'm still looking at them and I'll probably take a visit in December. I like the school and the staff, so if they are let go, I might take some time to see who else ends up there, but I won't make any hasty decisions."

Newbury Park (Ca.) DE Jackson Powell said Washington still remains near the top of his list.

"I'm going to visit Arizona next weekend, so I will see both Arizona and Washington in person," Powell said. "I'm still looking to set up an official with Washington and that could happen soon because I'd like to decide next month and that's still my plan."

With offers from the likes of Oregon, Nevada, Utah, UNLV, Wyoming and San Diego State why is it that Powell likes Washington?

"They're real young and I really like coach (Chris) Tormey," Powell noted. "They are also the school on me the hardest, so they really have shown me how much they like me and what I can do."

Lastly, Kamiak (Mukilteo, Wa.) LB Marcel Seely said he's still on his way back from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

"I'm still breaking down scar-tissue right now," Seely said. "I am a lot more explosive right now than I was just two weeks ago and I think I'm getting closer to being all the way back, but it's just something I'm working through."

On the recruiting front, Seely said the Dawgs are one of several schools who have told him they want to see more.

"Every school has said they want to see more film and like I've said before, I totally understand where they are coming from," Seely said. "Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State, Idaho and a couple of other schools are really the ones on me right now, but I have to show them I'm back and healthy."

On Washington's record, Seely said he isn't phased by their 0-4 start.

"I thought they'd win a couple early on, but that was a tough way to start the season with schools like Oregon, BYU and Oklahoma," Seely said. "Justin (Glenn) keeps telling me to work hard and to be ready because they like me, but he said they are really young and he's excited about the future there and Washington is a school I've grown up watching and following, so they are a school I really like a lot no matter who is there (as the head coach)."

Seely has already racked up over 40 tackles in four games and he understands a tough start as the Knights are now 1-3 after a loss to Meadowdale on Friday night (Friday Night Lights – Double Dip).

Things don't get any easier for Kamiak this weekend as they will take on Edmonds-Woodway this coming weekend.

We'll continue to track the progress of Washington's recruiting over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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