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2012 Washington Recruiting: Jordan Payton, Shaq Thompson Show Tosh Lupoi's Value

Washington takes two top recruits from California shortly after swiping defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.

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Jordan Payton To UCLA Rumors Emerge On National Signing Day

More: Let's listen in on a recruitment falling apart, shall we?

Westlake Village, CA's Jordan Payton, Rivals' No. 15 wide receiver in the country, has already committed to the USC Trojans and California Golden Bears in his time. Earlier in the week, he flipped on Cal for the Washington Huskies. Now, on National Signing Day, multiple reports are breaking that he could land with the UCLA Bruins, attaching him to a full third of the Pac-12 at one point or another.

eric sondheimer@latsondheimer An Oaks Christian counselor says WR Jordan Payton of Oaks Christian is headed to UCLA, according to Coach Bill Redell. Stunner.

Your jokes about Gunner Kiel are now irrelevant, while he's got a long way to go to reach Tate Forcier status. Payton also visited the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines, so let's hold out hope for another step or two along the way, yes?

For more on the parties involved, visit UCLA blog Bruins Nation and Washington blog UW Dawg Pound. For more, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football recruiting hub and our many fine college football blogs.


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Jaydon Mickens Commits To Washington Over Oklahoma State

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Jordan Payton Commits To Washington, Drops Cal

Washington takes Jordan Payton from Cal.


Shaq Thompson Commits To Washington, Drops Cal

Another major blow to Cal's recruiting class.


Zach Banner Commits To USC Over Washington

USC lands a massive offensive tackle in Zach Banner.


Arik Armstead Commits To Oregon Ducks

Oregon picked up an elite line prospect in Arik Armstead.


Arik Armstead Recruiting Update: Lineman To Announce Sunday At 3 PST

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Can Recruits Trust Tosh Lupoi? Cal Analysts Say No

Cal fans should immediately read Tosh The Traitor Backstabs Jeff Tedford, Backstabs Cal, by the uber-talented Avinash Kunnath of CaliforniaGoldenBlogs. I don’t agree with everything Avinash wrote, particularly the part about a coach needing to stop recruiting a player if he switches schools.

But I do agree with Avinash that the way in which Tosh went about his business, if he did indeed do so in the manner presented in the article, is completely underhanded and unethical.

Click for the details, which are pretty wild, even for the world of college football.

Kunnath finishes with this:

The past couple of years, Tosh Lupoi stood for all that was good and strong about the program despite the on-field struggles. He was a young, dynamic Bear who was loyal to the program, loyal to the vision of what Cal could be. He’d be the main to lead our recruiting efforts, to build a new Cal football program that would contend for Rose Bowls. The sky was the limit for him in Bear Territory. The next defensive coordinator. The top recruiting coordinator. Maybe even head coach. The main who’d become the part of a new age.

Not going to happen anymore. Not at Cal. Not after this. Tosh looks like a mercenary, a man without principles, a snake in the grass. He’s selling out the principles that made him a great figure for Cal Athletics, and he’s disgracing his Golden Bear roots with his actions.

Perhaps recruits will still buy what he has to sell now that he’s shown his true colors. It’s clear that he has an effect on these guys and knows how to interact with them. Plenty of former Cal players stand up for him. I have no doubt that he’ll be an effective recruiter at UW. The pitches will be similar (rebuild UW to greatness) and the interaction will be the same. Tosh has built relationships for years with these kids, and he’ll do his best to get guys like Shaq and Payton to be Huskies … or worse for us, not to be Golden Bears.

Still, all the Twittering and X-Boxing in the world won’t save him from this one question. “How can we trust you with our son if we can’t even be sure you’ll be here a year from now?” He could’ve been secure answering that at Cal. No longer, no more.

I’m through with him. If you bleed blue and gold, you should be through with him too.


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KeiVarae Russell To Decide Between Washington And Notre Dame

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