Friekh gives UW trip high marks

Centennial (Peoria, Az.) OT Layth Friekh is one of the top offensive linemen on Washington's list and he took his second unofficial visit to Seattle late last month. caught up with him after he returned home and he talked about his three days in the Emerald City as well as some of his future plans...

"It was really cool seeing the progress they are making on that stadium," Friekh told "The last time I was up there (in March), they gave me a tour and it was really impressive, but they have made so much progress on their facilities and it was amazing walking through there and seeing how close they are to being done.

"I think their facilities rank right up there with anyone's. It's pretty amazing and it shows a lot about how serious they are about football and taking care of their players."

While he was in Seattle, Friekh took part in Washington's Rising Stars Camp and said he really enjoyed the tutelage of Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto.

"He's definitely 'old school', but his track record with offensive linemen is pretty self-explanatory," Friekh said. "He gets after you, but I really liked it. He has produced so many top linemen, I know that he would help get the most out of me.

"I loved meeting with the coaches. I bonded pretty well with them and enjoyed getting to know coach Cozzetto more. They all like me a lot and said I am a priority for them."

Friekh has set one of his official visits up already -- Oregon on September 14th -- and said Washington is definitely in line for one as well.

"I haven't figured out when I will go up to visit them on my official visit, but I will definitely be visiting them," Friekh said. "Also, I'd say Nebraska will definitely get a visit, maybe Oregon State and possibly Arizona, although I can see that place anytime, so I might not take an official there. I'm not really sure yet on that one."

Friekh also said he plans to visit Arizona when they open their new facilities on July 27th.

As far as when he plans to make his decision, Friekh said he is unsure when it will happen, but noted that when he's ready he won't wait.

"It could be after my first visit, it could be after all of them, it could be right after my season. I'm not really sure right now when it will happen, but I won't wait just to wait," Friekh said. "When I know it's the right place for me, then I will just call the coaches, commit and then be done with it."

Friekh and his teammates report for training camp in three weeks and kickoff their season with a game against rival Chandler on August 30th.

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