The list reads like a who's who of some the nation's most talented players in college football. Oregon running back
However, things are starting to look up for head coach
Willingham continued his recruiting momentum within Washington as Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) head coach
"I think our guys looked at the total program and how the players are handled with class," Miller told
Middleton and Kearse are both U.S. Army All-Americans. Middleton, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound tight end/defensive end, is rated the nation's No. 26 overall recruit in the Class of 2008 by
Meanwhile, Kearse might be one of the most underrated players in the country. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back caught 55 passes this year for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he registered 89 tackles and six interceptions. He added a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and blocked two kicks, returning one for a touchdown.
Miller believes that Middleton and Kearse committing to Washington could pay big dividends in recruiting, especially within the state, for the Huskies. "I think it sends a message to stay at home and be a Husky," he says.