Two preferred walk-ons commit to UW

Amid the flurry of news regarding who signed and who ended up where on Signing Day, the Huskies got some good news when they received commitments from two Bay Area linemen to head north and walk-on this summer. spoke with both recently and they filled us in on how their decisions came about...

"I had offers from Army and Navy as well as Sacramento State, Cal-Poly and North Dakota, but I wanted to play Pac 12 football and Washington was my best chance at doing that," Ben Teichman said Thursday evening. "I think a lot of people didn't think I would get bigger and that I had sorta reached my full-potential, but I don't think I have and Washington said they have a spot for me up there.

"I feel like I really got overlooked due to my height, so hopefully I can prove the doubters wrong.

"They are going to bring me in to play defensive tackle and I'm pretty excited about the opportunity to go up there."

Teichman received First Team All-East Bay and All-League as well as Second Team All-Metro honors this past season after posting 91 tackles, four sacks and 12.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm quick and I'm good at stopping the run," Teichman told "I feel like I have a chance to get up there, to show them what I can do and they have a good reputation for putting walk-on guys on scholarship if they are worthy of it."

Teichman plans to enroll in July for the LEAP program and will participate in fall camp which starts in early August.

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Miramonte OT Ross Dolbec

Teichman's friend, Dolbec, a solid tackle prospect with outstanding size (6'5", 307) is a player the Huskies are bringing in much like they did Dan Kanczugowski three years ago.

"I liked the staff and felt like I had a chance to get up there and to play for them down the road," Dolbec told Thursday evening. "I also have a lot of family up there -- my aunt and uncle and my grandparents -- in Port Orchard, so I've been up there a lot.

"I like the weather up there, it's perfect. I can handle the heat just fine, but I prefer it to be cooler and that's another reason besides the education you can get up there."

Dolbec was a mainstay at left tackle for Miramonte (Orinda, Ca.) High School the past two years and received First Team All-League honors as well as Second Team All-East Bay and Second Team All-Metro.

"I have good feet and Washington said they liked my size and how I moved when I pass-blocked," Dolbec said.

As far as why he got overlooked, Dolbec said he thinks it is because he didn't get out to a lot of camps over the summer.

"I didn't attned a lot of camps at different schools," Dolbec said. "I went to some combines and stuff, but those are sorta worthless now since coaches can't attend them anymore.

"I had a walk-on offer from Arizona, but Washington's education was something I couldn't pass up and their program is on the rise and I liked the thought of being part of that."

Like Teichman, Dolbec will take part in the LEAP program and will take part in fall camp which begins in early August.

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