Jasper talks about Washington visit

The Huskies might have gotten their first win of the football season yesterday, but basketball was also a big focus this weekend as another top 100 recruit was on campus being entertained by head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff. Paso Robles (Calif.) PG Derrick Jasper was in town with his mom this weekend and Dawgman.com was able to talk to him after he arrived home Sunday afternoon.

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"It was a real good visit," Jasper said. "On Friday we went to breakfast with the staff. Then we headed to campus and I got to meet the academic advisor, the president of the university and the athletic director.

"Later that day I got to meet the team. They were playing a pickup game and they looked like they were just having fun playing together. They were intense, but still having fun."

On Saturday, Jasper attended the Huskies/Idaho Vandals football game with his mom, Romar and freshman big-man Jon Brockman. "He's a good guy, he's big," Jasper said laughing. "It was really loud in there. The fans were screaming my name. That was pretty cool.

"The fans were also chanting coach Romar's name and it's obvious he has built a lot of respect from the fans. I thought it was cool that they recognized the basketball coach even though there was a football game going on. The football team played well too. That made it even better."

Jasper's host for the weekend was sophomore SG Joel Smith. "He's from the same area as I am," Jasper said noting that he knew of Smith before he met him. "He's a good guy. He showed me around. We all went to dinner on Saturday night – my mom, me, Joel and the coaches and their wives.

"My mom loved the campus and the area. She also really likes coach Romar."

Jasper said the coaches didn't try to pressure him to commit, but just told him about the school and where the program is headed. "They just talked about how things work there and that they want me to come there, but they didn't pressure me at all," Jasper said. "I'm still going to take the rest of my visits and then I'll decide.

"I don't have a leader. I'm open to everyone right now."

Jasper will visit Illinois next weekend (9/24) and then Memphis on October 15th.

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