Bigelow Giving Everyone a Shot

Brendon Bigelow from Central East High School (Fresno, Calif.) is one of the top running backs on the West Coast and Notre Dame has just made him one of its top targets for the 2011 recruiting class.

Brendon Bigelow (5-foot-10, 180-pounds) committed to Washington in January, but since that time there has been a flood of schools knocking on his door. He currently has scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Tennessee, and San Diego State. Notre Dame was one of the most recent schools to extend an offer which brings his total to 11.

"They're recruiting me," Bigelow responded when asked about his offer from Notre Dame. "They're looking for a dynamic running back and I fit that description. I really don't know much about them, because the only coach that I've talked to is coach Denbrock. Right now we're just trying to get to know everybody.

"I need to get to know the coaches and establish a relationship with the coaches, and get to know the school. I'm willing to do that and get up there this summer and check things out. It's a big name, and a big school. A lot of players have come out of there were successful. I'm just going to take things slow right now and check them out."

Offers were slow to come at first for Bigelow. Four and a half months ago he suffered a knee injury which meant that a lot of schools wanted to take a wait-and-see attitude.

"A lot of them have been holding off, but that's fine with me," he explained. "The schools that have come at me have seen that I'm making progress and I'm actually way ahead of schedule. I'm actually bigger. You can't even tell that I've had surgery. My strength is back and I'm running full speed. Now I'm just waiting for the healing process to take place so that I can cut. If I'm able to cut, then I'll be fine.

"For me it's basically taking it one day at a time and giving everyone a chance to talk to me and recruit me. I think it's fair to give everyone that chance if they're giving me a scholarship I think it's fair to give them a shot.

"Most likely I'll narrow it down before my season and start eliminating teams. As of right now it's still early and I'm checking out every school and building relationships with coaches."

The relationship with the coaching staff will be a big part of Brendon's decision. He's giving other programs a chance to recruit him, but the relationship that he built with the Washington staff could be what keeps him in the Husky camp.

"They're on the rise," he said of Washington. "They have a great program. In the past they haven't been doing all that well, but coach Sarkisian came in and changed them around. They beat USC. I think this year they're going to come out of hibernation and come through.

"I have a great relationship with coach Sarkisian. My running backs coach from Washington, Joe Thomas is a great guy to talk to. Jeff Mills is another guy from Washington that is great to talk to. He was the one that was recruiting me when I had my surgery." Top Stories