Nowicki to visit Huskies

With massive sanctions handed out due to the Jerry Sandusky situation and coverup via the Freeh Report, the NCAA is allowing current Penn State players to transfer away from Happy Valley without penalty. One player who is now looking at that option is Ryan Nowicki, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Cactus High School in Glendale, Ariz. spoke Wednesday with the Nowicki family, who is taking calls on behalf of Ryan - who is back home in Arizona but quickly trying to look at other programs to see if transferring from Penn State is the right call to make. Nowicki picked Penn State initially because of his desire to play in the Big-10. His father played at Purdue. They confirmed to us that Nowicki will, in fact, be visiting Washington starting Thursday.

The family said that there's no current time frame as to when Ryan will make his decision, but it's assumed most Penn State players - if they decide to transfer away from PSU - would make their intentions known rather quickly. Running back Silas Redd is one such case where it's been publicly known that he'll probably transfer, with USC being the likely destination. If Nowicki did transfer out of Penn State, he would have four years to complete four years of eligibility.

Nowicki will likely be in Seattle for 48 hours, the normal time for a visit. While the Nowicki family would not confirm where else Ryan would be visiting it has been reported by Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic that he'll be at Illinois for the weekend. Obert also reported that the Nowicki family would be talking with Arizona State about a possible return back to Arizona for Ryan. We'll be in touch with the family again next week to see where Ryan stands as far as making a final decision.

Washington was one of three official visits for Nowicki back in high school - the other two being Penn State and USC. According to the database, Ryan had offers from Penn State, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon State, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State. To see his junior highlight film, click on the link below.

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