Kinne to walk on at UW?

AUBURN - Ralph Kinne knows how Bishop Sankey feels. After a dominating MVP performance running the ball against Team Utah, Team Washington came up short on the scoreboard at the 3rd Tanoa Bowl at Auburn High School Saturday night. But that didn't dampen Kinne's spirits; in fact things are really looking up for the 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back from Shelton.

"Right now I'm thinking a preferred walk-on to U-Dub (Washington)," Kinne told "I'm hoping they give me a partial (scholarship) or something. U-Dub is my favorite school. Central (Washington) is looking at me, Eastern has contacted me…I don't know. I'm just waiting."

Kinne confirmed he has no scholarship offers yet but he will officially visit UW with Shelton teammate and Husky commit David Ajamu the weekend of January 12th.

"I grew up watching them," Kinne said of the Huskies. "My family loves them, our town loves them. David is my best friend and we grew up together as kids. It wasn't even his dream to go to U-Dub; it was my dream. Being best friends, it would be awesome to go to U-Dub together."

Kinne has been the most productive running back in the state of Washington this fall, rushing for 2389 yards and 30 touchdowns in 10 games. How did he come to the decision to walk on at UW? "Coach (Joel) Thomas told me to do it," said Kinne. "He said that right now they are looking for a scat-back and I'm more of a powerful back. He knows I could make the team and he loves me. I want to earn a scholarship like Jonathan Amosa did, their fullback."

Now that Thomas is headed to Arkansas, how does that alter Kinne's decision? "It's dead week, so I'm waiting for the next recruiting coach or the running back coach to let them know," he said.

So for those fans that haven't had the pleasure of seeing him play, how would Kinne describe his running style? "Take the ball and run wild…break tackles, spin, cut - find the end zone," he said. "I love hitting. I love contact."

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