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Washington's evaluation process isn't perfect, either, especially during the first few recruiting cycles. Some players don a cloak of humility around the coaches. But no one can hide who they are in the Huskies' locker room.
"He's not in the locker room, so you get a freshman who comes in, maybe with some hype around him, and tries to walk in, thinks he's all that, he'll get checked pretty quickly," quarterback Jake Browning said. "Not even just, 'Hey, don't have an ego,' but this isn't high school any more. You're back to the bottom of the totem pole, I don't care who you are.
"On our team, there's no one, really, who has this agenda of trying to seem like Mr. Cool Guy."
Added Petersen: "If a kid is there and it's not fitting, they either get him in line, or we weed him out."