Bigelow continues to persevere

When Washington got a commitment from Central High East (Fresno) RB Brendon Bigelow, it was well-known that they would have to work hard to hold onto him. With schools like Oregon, Florida, USC and Cal offering him, the talented back began looking around over the summer but then he tore his ACL for the second time in less than a year...

"It was frustrating, definitely," Bigelow told Monday evening. "When I did it I was doing what I had done all along and I was just making a hard cut and it just went again."

Bigelow said he takes full-responsibility for re-injuring his knee and that he's wiser now that he's been through the process once before.

"Well, first off, I wasn't wearing a brace when I was practicing, so that was one problem," Bigelow admitted. "The other problem was, I hadn't really been lifting and the doctors said, when they looked at it, that my quad was much stronger than my hamstring and because of that, it cause the bone to shift just enough to where it tore again.

"I was really upset with myself and that I didn't do it the right way, so this time, I'm not pushing it at all and in a week I can start jogging again and that's when I will start doing the things I need to do to get back."

Bigelow had the ACL in his leg operated on in September, for the second time in less than a year, and the doctors are happy with the results so far.

"They have me rehabbing and working on the machine that tests my strength," Bigelow said. "I'm already up to 120 pounds on it and they said I'm coming along well.

"I just have to be smart and not push it this time."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Bigelow said it still remains a three horse race between Washington, Cal and Oregon although he said he is still committed to the Huskies.

"I just talked to coach (Jeff) Mills, coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (Joel) Thomas last week and we talked about a lot of things," Bigelow said. "They asked me if I still had love for Washington and I told them I did and that I really am thankful they have stuck with me.

"Actually all of the schools that offered me have stuck by me and said they will honor it so that has really been a blessing to me."

Since the start of the season, Bigelow has seen two Husky games and has followed their progress closely.

"I watched their game against Syracuse and I saw the USC game too," Bigelow said. "That SC game was hype man, it was really a great game and they really showed how far they've come as a team.

"I was like 'man, these guys are good'. It was a great win and I guess they won a close one last weekend too, so they are coming on when they need to."

Bigelow maintains a 3.3 GPA and plans to take the SAT on November 6th.

"I will set up my visits after I take (the test)," Bigelow said. "Washington wants me to visit in January sometime and I think Oregon and Cal will probably want me to do it then too."

We'll continue to keep track of Bigelow's progress as he continues his rehab and starts setting up his official visits.

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