Bierria looking for an edge

Dawgman.com caught up Monday with Keishawn Bierria, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., and the recent Washington signee is looking ahead to college, where potential playing time awaits.

"I'm still just working out, getting my high school work done," Bierria said. "I've got some things to look over that deal with the defense for Washington right now. They sent some things my way so I could start my workouts and not be too far behind the spring guys. I'm looking to come in and play this year, like Troy (Williams). I didn't graduate early but I'm looking to come in as a true freshman and get some type of playing time."

So what's it going to take for Bierria to see the field this fall? "I have to have it down mentally," he said. "If I know my position and I know what to do then definitely I'll get some playing time. If not, then special teams because I'll go all out regardless. It's just like a studying thing off the field, but on the field I'm still working out, still trying to get better."

With UW's lack of consistent success stopping speed attacks, Bierria is being brought in to help in that area. "They want me as a linebacker that does more coverage," he said. "I have no problem with covering the whole field because that's what I like to do. They really don't have a linebacker that can cover against spread teams or could keep running against no huddle teams. I guess I'm that guy for them, so that could mean a lot of playing time against teams like Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State."

Bierria hasn't set any plans to visit Seattle before he comes up in July for the LEAP program, but isn't ruling out the idea. "I don't know. I have to talk to my family about that," he said. "I haven't planned any of that yet. This is a busy time for me."

It's busy because he's added a new activity to his loaded days - Volleyball. "I play volleyball after school," said Bierria. "It helps with explosion and hand-eye movement and coordination.

"My vert has never been good. I broke my ankle my ninth grade year and I've never really started jumping like that for explosions. One of my top d-linemen, (Washington State-bound) Paulo Lepua - he's been playing it since ninth grade and he's one of the fastest, quickest big men I've met. He said that all came from volleyball, so if it can help me a little more…"

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