"It was good, real good," big Daniel Mafoe said of his UW visit. "They showed us a lot of love."
It's not surprising that Mafoe - a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman - was hosted by another big hoss - UW freshman DT Alameda Ta'amu. "He told me it was a good," Mafoe said about Ta'amu's experience so far at Montlake. "They didn't have a good season this year, but with the new coaches, everything should turn around."
With mid-year JC players highly coveted and Mafoe only having two years to play two, he found himself in a difficult situation. With the Huskies trying their hardest to exhaust every possibility, it's somewhat appropriate that UW was the first school to offer. Once it was tendered, Mafoe jumped at the chance, verbally committing Saturday nigh. "I told them last night, and they were pretty excited," he said. "They like me as either guard or tackle, either or. It doesn't matter."
So was there a highlight to Mafoe's trip? "Just going out with all the coaches and having dinner with them and getting to know each other," he said. "They showed a lot of love, that was it. We really bonded, really connected.
"We had a couple of guys there from California, so it's going to be a good experience."
But the question remains; will that experience include his ElCo teammate, defensive back David Batts?
"Yeah I tripped up here, and it went real well," Batts told Scout.com of the official visit to Washington. "I went up there with some old teammates that I played with and we liked it. I like coach Mece (Demetrice Martin), and I have a close relationship with him. I've followed him."
Batts is 6-foot-2, 205-pounds and was recently clocked at a 4.42 40. His current offer sheet includes Washington, Kansas State, Arizona, Nevada and Hawai'i. He's verbally committed to the Kansas State Wildcats, but Washington made up a lot of ground this past weekend. It doesn't hurt their chances when Batts' best friend is currently a Husky.
"My best friend (Brandon Johnson), he goes to Washington, so that's a plus right there," he said. "He's been harping on it for a long time. He's been telling me all the good stuff. He's been telling me to get on the 'ship, we're going to ride."
Batts was also taken by the conversation with Washington's new head coach. "I talked to coach (Steve) Sarkisian too. Sarkisian is a real good coach, I look at all the accomplishments he made and I look at him as a leader. I just want to follow his lead and try to get Washington back on their feet and where they need to be."
So what will Batts' final decision be? "I don't want to put anything out there until Signing Day," he said, matter-of-factly. "I'm interested in them (Washington), but I don't want to say where I'm committed to until Signing Day. I still have to go back home and talk to my Mom about it."
Batts will have three years to complete two years of eligibility with his college of choice.
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