Trip Report - Kendrick Van Ackeren

The Washington State 3A Player of the Year, Bellevue QB/S Kendrick Van Ackeren, took a visit to Montlake this weekend and came away with some good news and now he's got a decision to make...

"The offered me a greyshirt," Van Ackeren told shortly after returning home from Montlake. "I would probably go to (Bellevue Community College) most likely for the first semester and start over (at UW) in January."

The Huskies let Van Ackeren, who doesn't turn 18 until August, know that they want to use him at one of the linebacker spots in their defense.

"They would use me as a weakside linebacker," Ackeren, who is now 205 pounds, said. "The backer who lines up over the slot and sometimes over the tight ends.

"Based on the projections in my growth and where I see myself in the coming years, I think I will be about 220, 225. Honestly I've played strong safety for all of high school, so I've been playing linebacker and safety and it all depends on where the coaches see me."

Van Ackeren said he and his host, Ben Riva, spent lots of time 'just hanging out and seeing some restaurants in Seattle' while he was on campus and that he understands he now has a decision to make on a full-ride from Hawaii, the school he committed to a week ago, or to stay closer to home and delay enrollment by three months.

"I already committed to Hawaii, verbally, so that's going to be a big factor in my decision, but my final decision will be made on Wednesday," Van Ackeren acknowledged. "My mom has been a big part of this and she says that, either way, she'll support me.

"She doesn't have a preference where I go, but she just wants me to be comfortable in where I want to be. She's given me her opinions, but she just wants me to be happy.

"She does not care. She could go either way – she'd love to have me home, but at the same time she wouldn't mind flying over to Hawaii."

Van Ackeren said Bellevue head coach Butch Goncharoff has also taken the same stance.

"He's just telling me to go wherever I'm comfortable. He's set up almost everything for me, which is more than I can ask for, so in the end he said to choose the place I want to go."

Van Ackeren was named the Washington State 3A Player of the Year after leading the Wolverines to a 13-1 record and a State Championship by throwing for nearly 1,000 yards and rushing for 600 as the trigger-man in Bellevue's Wing-T offense and posted 70 tackles and six interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

Van Ackeren said he will take the next two days to relax and think about his decision before faxing in a letter to whichever school he chooses.

We will have more on Van Ackeren in the coming days as he gets ready to make his decision.

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