Clearly this was not what we had hoped for. When looking at the quality of talent in WA this year, the Huskies should have done much better.
It’s pretty obvious that Jimmy Lake is missing an important quality that Chris Peterson possesses. I remember Smalls’ coach (or might’ve been a parent) saying that (rough quotation): “It is pretty powerful when Chris Peterson looks you in the eye and says that he has a plan for your future.”
Jimmy Lake simply doesn’t have this. It’s also clear that he completely botched the adjustments that were needed to recruit during the pandemic.
Luckily, UW has enough talent currently on its roster to withstand this AVERAGE class. But Lake had better quickly figure out how to deliver a powerful and sincere message to recruits, or we will soon become an average-talent roster.
It’s apparent that Lake could recruit his position well when he was an assistant (defensive backs). But Peterson was the CEO that articulated the broad, compelling and long term vision that sealed the deal with many of our current players.