Will Dissly Talks Visit, Commitment

Will Dissly had a decent idea he was going to verbally commit to Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies on his official visit. Everything was already in place; he had the relationship with the coaching staff and Washington was a school he had set his sights on years earlier. Now - as it was with Petersen - Dissly's proposed move to Seattle was a matter of timing and fit.

"It was a good trip, obviously - committed and all," Dissly told Dawgman.com Monday. "So I was real impressed with the whole thing. Obviously I knew what coach Petersen had to offer as far as a coach and as a mentor and I felt comfortable with that and just getting down to Seattle and checking out the town and the campus and making sure I was comfortable with that.

"I was real impressed with the whole thing. I could see that was the place to be and I wanted to be a part of it. It worked out better than I ever could have imagined. It's exciting."



Dissly admitted that moving from Bozeman, Montana to Seattle is going to take him out of his comfort zone. But he's wanted a chance to play for a team like Washington for three years, and he wasn't about to let fear stand in the way of a dream. "The whole reason I wanted to do the trip was to make sure I was comfortable living there," he said. "Obviously it's a lot bigger than my hometown of Bozeman, which has a population of about 35,000 people - I think the campus has more people than that. But I think I'm going to have to grow as a person. What I saw from the campus, I felt pretty isolated from the majority of Seattle. It's still right there, 15 minutes away, but being apart from downtown and how the campus is set up and how all the math classes are all together and the liberal arts are all together - it didn't feel overwhelming with the amount of people."

Dissly wasn't alone on his trip. His father was there to see things first-hand, and according to Dissly his Dad liked what he saw. "He was real impressed with everything," said Will. "From a football standpoint seeing the facilities and what they have to offer as far as nutrition and a weight lifting program to keep us healthy and all that - he felt comfortable with that. And he was really impressed with the brand new stadium and the state-of-the-art facilities. He was pretty impressed with the whole thing. Obviously my family has done all the homework on the school and it's a great school. Just getting to know some of the faculty members and finding out the resources they have and the opportunities that I'll have - it's a great asset to my career."

Speaking of Husky Stadium, what did the younger Dissly think? "It's awesome," he said. "They did a great job. From what I've heard it's going to get loud and it looks sweet with the backdrop of Lake Washington and I'm excited to get down there."

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dissly is coming to Seattle for school and football, and he's thinking well past his life on the gridiron. In fact he's already decided on an academic path - civil engineering. "I'm strong in math, a little weak in English but I'll work on that near the end of this semester," he said. "I have a passion, and I want to figure out how to work these roads, so civil engineering is a great place to be, I think."

What was the highlight of Dissly's visit? "The weight room was cool and with coach (Tim) Socha and hearing about his program and seeing the tools he has to make us better football players I think it's going to be unbelievable," he said. "The way he's going to be able to work with us and they hired a nutritionist from Florida State, so that'll be cool. Just making sure that we stay healthy is huge for me. The most impressive part was the amount of resources that Washington has to offer overall. That made a big impression."

Ben Riva was Dissly's host. What did the junior tackle tell Dissly about life in arguably the toughest conference in the country? "(Riva) said it's going to be tough," said Will. "He said it's an awesome deal playing Pac-12 football. The whole team doesn't know the new football staff all that well yet, so I probably know coach Petersen and Coach K better than he does. He grew up in Seattle but he feels like it's easy to get away. I felt comfortable. He's just a normal guy so I feel like I'll fit in."

Dissly also hung out with a few of the current players and recruits, including redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Lindquist. "He was a great guy, real easy to talk to. He was another guy I hung out with on the trip. I kind of hung out with Kaleb (McGary), he is being recruited as a defensive end or tight end - I'm not really sure what they are doing with him. But he was a real big country guy - pretty mellow, pretty smart. He's a nice guy. I kind of hit it off with him. They are all just normal guys, like people I hang out with in my locker room every day. It was nice to see that, even in a bigger city the people are really different at all."

Where does Dissly think McGary will go to school? "He's just got to make a decision," said Dissly. "I think he knows where he wants to go. I was in the same boat when I decided I wanted to go to Boise (State). You just have to pull the trigger and then all that tension is off. I think he has a lot of good opportunities and he told me about all the places that he's got offers from. The upside is unbelievable with him. All the recruits are pretty tired of the (recruiting) thing - there's a few that aren't, but I think he knows where he needs to be and wherever he decides to go he'll go and he'll be great."

So what was the point where Dissly knew he was going to be a Dawg? "Just touring the campus, seeing how everything was set up and how nice the facilities were, I was like, 'I don't think I'll have a problem living here and being with these guys'," he said. "Obviously the football is going to take care of itself. So touring the campus kind of hit home that it's a priority and I could be successful here, so that was kind of the turning point for me - seeing the facilities and the campus and the academics and how big they are there."

What position is Dissly going to play? "They are recruiting me as a defensive end," he said. "I don't really know if I'm going to redshirt or not. I'm just coming off shoulder surgery. It's three to six-months (rehab), and I'm well on my way to rehabbing it. It's right on schedule with everything and it feels fine. Surgery went well. I went to one of the top surgeons that I could find and I don't think there should be any issues with it; I've just got to rehab it and get it back to where it needs to be.

"We'll see where I'm at come summer ball, but I think I'll get in there and work hard and compete and see what happens. That's the mentality I have right now. I should be good by June. I'll be ready to go when they call for freshman LEAP, or whatever they call it, in July. So I should be good to go for contact and lifting."

Needless to say, Dissly is done taking trips and all that's left is signing a letter of intent with Washington on February 5th. "I'm done with recruiting," he said. "It's nice to get it off my plate."

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