WSU coaches forge strong bond with Bothell TE

WASHINGTON STATE WAS the first to offer the 6-6, 240-pound tight end/defensive end prospect from Bothell High and he's developed a particularly strong bond with both the area recruiting coach from Wazzu as well as the Cougars' d-line coach. But another Pac-10 school has offered as well and there's a strong connection there, too.

Michael Hartvigson (6-6, 240) says the Cougars continue to show him the most recruiting love.

"I have been exchanging emails with coach (Travis) Niekamp (regularly). I would say right now Washington State is recruiting me the hardest," said Hartvigson.

Hartvigson said he's liked every college coach he's talked with since his recruitment began. But there are a couple who stand out most and they're from the same school.

"I would probably say coach Niekamp, and I've talked to him the most. I also like the Cougar d-line coach, coach (Malik) Roberson," he said.

But things remain closely bunched at the top and another Pac-10 school who has offered, Oregon State, has shot up his list the past few weeks.

"It's pretty close, the top four I'm liking right now would probably be Boise State, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, not in any particular order. And then I also probably would throw Stanford into the mix there too," said Hartvigson.

BOTH OREGON STATE and Boise State have recently offered with both schools liking him at tight end. Washington State, says Hartvigson, has told him they can see him at either tight end or defensive end.

The first time Hartvigson talked on the phone with the Beavs was just this Wednesday, but OSU has already made a strong impression -- Hartvigson is good friends with Johnny Hekker, former Bothell QB and the current Beavs' punter, and the two have stayed in close contact.

"He had been telling me they were going to offer me and then two Saturdays ago I opened my mailbox and there it was," said Hartvigson. "I actually just talked to coach (Tim) Euhus (Thursday) and I talked to coach (Danny) Langsdorf too. They like me at tight end.

"I really like both OSU coaches I've talked to so far, my cousin played basketball there, she really liked it and I've been talking to (Hekker) quite a bit."

OSU AND BSU look to be in line for a pair of unofficial visits in the next few weeks. A return trip to Washington State, after traveling to Pullman earlier this spring for a junior day event, may also be in the cards.

"I'm probably going to go over there at least one more time before my spring ball starts in June," said Hartvigson.

Washington is another school Hartvigson has been in contact with this spring.

"They haven't offered yet but I've been to a few practices and I just talked to coach (Jeff) Mills on Wednesday and he said he'd be by the school next Thursday. My coach also got a call from Northwestern and they're going to be by the school next week too," said Hartvigson.

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