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Bigelow had also been pursued by USC and Notre Dame.

One of the nation's top running backs won't even play a down in 2010.

Brendon Bigelow, a fleet and powerful 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior from Central (Fresno, Calif.), tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage on Aug. 21. It was the second ACL tear on the same knee in less than a year.

According to reports in the Fresno Bee, it occurred without contact and Bigelow had season-ending surgery two weeks ago.

The University of Washington-bound standout is ranked the No. 31 recruit in the country overall from the Class of 2011, according to, and the No. 3 running back.

His injured the same knee in a season-ending 2009 loss. and CBS College Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming said Bigelow is the fastest among the elite backs in the country before the second tear.

Bigelow finished second in the state 200-meter dash as a freshman.

Asked if Washington's offer is still firm, Bigelow's father Frank Bigelow told the Fresno Bee, "Yes, everything's all right."