Lakes receiver falls off Huskies' recruiting radar?
Sammie Long is looking for a new school at which to play football after falling victim to a numbers game with the Huskies.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Receiver Sammie Long of Lakes High became the first public commitment for Washington's Class of 2013 last February. He said at the time he didn't need to bother with the recruiting process because UW was "somewhere I really wanted to go."
Long, though, is now being forced to look for a new school at which to play football after falling victim to a numbers game with the Huskies. Since Long committed, UW has gotten commitments from what are regarded as three of the top receivers on the West coast, all from California, including four-star recruit John Ross during the Semper Fidelis all-star game on Friday.
Lakes High coach Dave Miller said Wednesday night that while UW had said it would still honor its offer to Long, the school was also making it evident that it no longer considered Long as much of a priority.
"It's the ugly end of the big-money business of Division-I football," Miller said. "I understand the business of it but I think Sammie is having a hard time with it as a 17-year-old. His heart was at Washington."
Miller said UW coaches recruited Long avidly last spring but had not been calling as much of late, which was an indication that their interest had cooled.
Per NCAA rules, UW coaches cannot comment on specific recruits until letters of intent are signed beginning Feb. 6.