Adam Jude: UW’s Chris Petersen one of ‘top five coaches in the country’

Feb 6, 2019, 4:23 PM

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Chris Petersen's Huskies returned to the Rose Bowl in 2018. (AP)


The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude has covered UW Huskies sports for upwards of six years now, and soon he’ll be shifting his focus to the Seahawks. Before he does, though, he stopped by to talk about UW football’s latest recruiting class, as well as the impact of head coach Chris Petersen.

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“I think Chris Peterson is obviously one of the top five coaches in the country,” Jude told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk Wednesday morning. “The feeling not only on the West Coast but nationwide is that this program is still on the rise.”

Back in December, the Huskies signed 20 recruits during the first day of the early signing period, for a class that’s already garnering praise in a handful of circles.

“It’s a good class, there’s some talk maybe it’s Peterson’s best class at UW,” noted Jude.

Jude remains skeptical of that classification, though, pointing toward the 2015 recruiting class that included stars like Myles Gaskin, Jake Browning, Trey Adams, and Ben Burr-Kirven.

“That 2015 class to me, I’ve made the case that it’s probably the second best class in school history,” he said.

In the meantime, hype continues to build for this 2019 class ahead of the season kicking off in late-August.

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