Updated Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 01:46 AM
A year ago in the final hours before signing day, the Washington Huskies pulled off one of the surprises of the recruiting season nabbing a commitment from the No. 1 safety in the country, Shaq Thompson.
The Huskies hoped to pull off an even bigger shocker this year, making it to the final five schools on the list of Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala., generally regarded as the best middle linebacker in the country.
Alas, Foster on Monday night announced he will sign with Alabama, switching from an earlier commitment to Auburn. It was after he decided to re-open his recruitment following the firing of Gene Chizik that he got seriously interested in UW, taking a visit to Washington last month. But Foster ultimately chose to stay home.
The Huskies remains hopeful of pulling in a few more big names, though recruiting analysts said two highly-sought targets — Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes of Auburn, Calif. — are likely headed elsewhere. Jack has been regarded as committed to UCLA for months and appears still set on the Bruins. And most assume Vanderdoes, who visited UW in December, is headed to USC or UCLA.
Undecided players considered most likely to commit to UW are linebacker Keishawn Bierria of Harbor City, Calif.; twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson of San Diego who also want to play basketball; and offensive lineman Nico Falah of Bellflower, Calif.
Bierria and Falah will each announce on a regional TV show in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.
The Robinson twins are also expected to announce on signing day and loom as one of the more intriguing stories, having earlier committed to Oregon but deciding to re-open their recruitment after Chip Kelly left for the NFL.
The two visited UW this weekend and recruiting analysts said it was about a "50-50" call whether they will pick Washington or Oregon.
There was even some speculation that the two might go do different schools.
"The Robinson twins are teetering on the edge," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy wrote in a chat. "Rumor is they could split (one to Oregon one to UW). I don't think that will happen, but the Dawgs could flip them both. I talked to Tyree last night and he was doing some serious thinking."
Tyree Robinson is listed as a 6-3, 190-pound receiver. Tyrell Robinson is listed as a 6-3, 210-pound linebacker.