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Code of silence (cont.)

Posted: Monday January 28, 2008 1:50PM; Updated: Monday January 28, 2008 3:26PM
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Those fans hopefully will have to wait another nine days to learn where Jones will catch his college passes. He and his family have worked for months to allow him some privacy as he makes a potentially life-changing decision, so it only seems fair that he is allowed to reveal his choice on his own terms. I'm not recommending every prospect go into the bunker during the recruiting process -- what would I write about? -- but for a high-profile player such as Jones, the scrutiny may have been too much had he made his recruitment an open book. But even after he announces his choice, don't expect Jones to hold an hour-long press conference to break down his decision.

"He's always very humble," Watson said. "He doesn't like talking about himself. ... All this attention has kind of turned him more inward and made him more introverted."

Playing for a nation

No matter where Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah High quarterback Nathan Stanley signs, he'll bring a huge fan base with him. Stanley, who visited Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech this past weekend, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and he would be one of only a few American Indians playing major college football.

"There's not a whole lot of Native American athletes on scholarship," said Stanley, who threw for 32 touchdowns as a senior. "I want to get up there and be a good role model."

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford also is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation. His great, great-grandmother on his father's side was named Susie Walkingstick. But unlike Stanley, Bradford did not know much about his heritage until he reached college. Stanley, meanwhile, attends Sequoyah, a school run by the Cherokee Nation that opened in 1871 as an orphanage to care for children orphaned by the Civil War.

Stanley also has visited Maryland and Florida Atlantic, and he plans to visit Oregon State this weekend before he decides where he will sign.

Bombshell report shouldn't hurt Washington

In the reader comments about the Seattle Times' excellent series on the general state of lawlessness of the 2000 Washington football team that won the Rose Bowl, several Huskies fans questioned why the paper would tear open old wounds, especially so close to Signing Day. Those Washington fans shouldn't worry. Recruits and their parents are well aware that the culture has changed at Washington. They also know current Huskies coach Tyrone Willingham probably has the nation's cleanest reputation this side of Ed "Straight Arrow" Gennero, the fictional coach of the Texas State Fightin' Armadillos in the 1991 classic Necessary Roughness.

If anyone needs to worry about the facts unearthed by Times reporters, it should be UCLA fans. The stories paint an unflattering picture of ex-Washington coach Rick Neuheisel, the former Bruins quarterback who became the head coach at his alma mater last month.

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