Petersen inherited some terrific talent that blossomed last year, notably that elite defensive backfield. I'd like to see how he does with the talent he and his staff attract and develop.
This is an interesting point that I had considered raising.
At the moment, I think UW has 11 starters that would be considered either wholly or partially Sark recruits (that's using the typical rule of splitting responsibility for a coaches' first class upon taking a job during an off season). And of course last year there were many more.
At least according to the recruiting services, Petersen has only been an okay recruiter. From 247sports:
Season Class Rank Coach
2010 19th Sark
2011 24th Sark
2012 24th Sark
2013 18th Sark
2014 38th Sark/Petersen
2015 26th Petersen
2016 29th Petersen
2017 22nd Petersen
I had actually thought the service rankings had fallen off more than that, but perhaps it depends which service one looks at. By this measure, Petersen's recruiting has been at least slightly worse than Sark's. Of course this is a limited measure and it certainly appears Petersen can get more out of the guys he does bring in, but the talent level in Seattle will be something to keep an eye on.