Washington head coach Chris Petersen does not appear to be happy with Notre Dame and an ongoing recruiting battle. Carlsbad (Calif.) four-star athlete Asa Turner has been committed to the Pac-12 Champion Huskies since July, but he chose not to sign Wednesday.
Turner, instead, will likely continue to explore options as Notre Dame remains aggressive in his recruitment. Notre Dame hosted Turner on an official visit in June, and 75 percent of 247Sports Crystal Ball forecasts project him to end up with the Fighting Irish.
“As the recruiting situation has…I’m trying to think of the right words…gotten worse, it can be painful,” Petersen said to reporters during his Wednesday press conference. “The vultures and the low-down tactics that’s going on behind closed doors…so now I think about it a little bit more than I did.”
A Notre Dame National Letter of Intent even appeared to be on the table at his school’s Signing Day ceremonies.
“If a kid is undecided and you’re recruiting him until the end, that’s one thing,” Petersen said. “But guys that have been committed…why would this school be reaching out? It’s just kind of makes me shake my head, because it puts a lot of pressure on these kids that already have pressure on them anyway. That’s not the way I think it should work.”
Washington and Notre Dame both hauled in excellent classes on Wednesday with room to grow before the attention turns completely to 2020 and 2021. Notre Dame sits at No. 13 in the country in the 247Sports Composite team rankings. Washington is No. 15, which is good for second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon.
“Each year you’re looking at the needs within your program and we knew early on that we wanted to address the offensive and defensive lines,” Brian Kelly said during an ESPN appearance. “We’ve got seven o-lineman, d-line. From there, it starts to grow and we needed to get some depth at the linebacker position — length and athleticism. That was the core of what we weer looking for and we found those guys.”
Notre Dame’s undefeated season faces its biggest challenge yet with a battle against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal. The winner faces either Oklahoma or Alabama for the national title. Washington fell short of its own playoff aspirations this season, but has Apple Cup and Pac-12 title wins in its last two games. Is the Rose Bowl next in Urban Meyer’s final game at Ohio State?
“He’s one of the best in the game,” Petersen said of Meyer. “Hope the health thing is okay. Don’t think Ohio State needs any more motivation. His record speaks for itself. He’s truly one of the best that’s been around in the time I’ve been coaching.”