Catching up with Bigelow

With Savon Huggins about to narrow his list and Stanford verbal commit Amir Carlisle spending his Sunday at Cal's All-American Showcase individual camp, eyes remain on the Bears' top running back target – Brendon Bigelow. Check inside for the latest in his recruitment, including the schools the Washington verbal commit will continue to research…

Brendon Bigelow (5-10, 180) is almost 100%.

Last week at the Central/Clovis East Passing Tournament, the Grizzlies took first place despite not playing with Bigelow, B.J. Kelley, and Robert Johnson – arguably Central's three top offensive weapons.

Pacing the sidelines, Bigelow showed no signs of the torn ACL he suffered last November. While he could be cleared to participate in football related activities this month, he will likely not do anything until August. Despite missing every major camp/combine this spring – and not attending any college camps this summer – his recruitment isn't suffering.

In fact, it's flourishing.

Bigelow added offers from Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, and Tennessee during the spring evaluation after adding offers from California and USC in February.

"It's a blessing to get this opportunity to get this exposure," said Bigelow. "It's a great thing."

Bigelow gave Washington – his first offer – a verbal commitment in January. While he remains committed to the Huskies, he plans to look at a few schools that intrigue him, namely, Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, and Tennessee.

"The Notre Dame [offer] kind of stood out to me because I never thought I'd get one of those," said Bigelow. "It's a big school, great program, with a new coaching staff. They are doing great things over there."

Bigelow says the Irish name is huge but admits he knows little about the program.

"I've watched Rudy," Bigelow chuckled. "That movie was great. The school looks amazing but I don't know too much about Notre Dame. The only coach I've talked to so far is [TE coach] Mike Denbrock."

Most schools are recruiting Bigelow as a running back with the possible option to play other positions. "Everybody wants me to play a little bit of something," he added.

Save UCLA. "They want me to come in as an athlete," said Bigelow.

"I like the coaches, they're pretty cool. They're a young team. They got a lot of good players coming in."

Bigelow attended the Bruins spring game but said he didn't get to chance to see the campus. Besides a recent trip to Washington, he has only visited USC and Cal.

He's taken two trips to Berkeley, the first for junior day in February and the other to watch a spring practice in April. Both times, Bigelow has come away impressed with Bears sense of community.

"The Bear family, I like how they actually stick together," said Bigelow. "They got a real close bond."

The Oregon and Tennessee coaches have gotten his attention.

"The [Oregon] coaches, I like the way they talk to you," he added. "I like the RB coach [Gary Campbell] and [head coach] Chip Kelly. [Tennessee OC Jim] Chaney came down to visit. He's a great guy. I'm still in the process of getting to know them."

As for the Huskies, "It furious right now, they are setting the tempo real high," said Bigelow. "They want to get to a championship. That's the one thing that sticks to my mind about U-Dub."

Bigelow has talked to head coach Steve Sarkisian about looking at few other schools.

"When it's time to get down to the wire [Washington] expects to be there," Bigelow added. "I have a great relationship with all the coaches. Sark is doing a great job up there. I had a good time in Seattle on my visit. The stadium was nice. I was picturing myself there in front of a capacity crowd."

With so many schools vying for his services, you would expect a bit of negative recruiting going against Washington, who finished 0-12 just two years ago. "No one talks bad on U-Dub," said Bigelow. "The coaches are worried about their schools."

And just about every school is telling Bigelow the same thing. "If you bring it, and show you can play, you'll have a starting position," he added. "I'm going to play to my full potential."

Academically, Bigelow reports a 3.0 overall GPA. He is awaiting the results of his recent SAT exam.

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