Trip Report - Matt James

One of the players who committed to Steve Sarkisian and the old Husky staff, but who has maintained his verbal pledge since the hiring of Chris Petersen, Coeur d'Alene (Id.) OL Matt James, was on campus over the weekend for his official visit and told that he can't wait to get back and start his Husky career...

"Oh yeah, it was a great visit. I had a really great time there," James told "Jake Eldrenkamp was my host and we spent a lot of time together.

"He had dinner with me and my parents and they asked him a lot of questions and he answered each one. He was a great host and he showed me a great time."

James got to meet with new offensive line coach Chris Strausser and said while that was a plus, the highlight of his trip was spending time with the rest of the offensive line.

"Coach Strausser was recruiting me at Boise State when he was there, so I already knew him pretty well," James noted. "He told me he really liked the fact that I was going to be playing for him and he told me to keep eating, so that was cool.

"I'd say, overall, the highlight was spending so much time with Jake and also the rest of the offensive line. They were all really welcoming and showed me a great time. I think it's going to be great playing with them over the next few years."

As far as his height and weight are concerned, James said he currently measures in at 6'5" and weighs 265 pounds, down from the 280 he was at in the summer.

"The first month of the season, I got (Mononucleosis), and I dropped almost 25 or 30 pounds," James said. "I was probably about 250 pounds for the year and wasn't as strong as I normally am, but I just played through it.

"I'm back at 265 now and am feeling good, but I need to add about 15 more pounds before I get there at least. Maybe even 20 or 25, we'll have to see."

James is unsure of what time he plans to fax in his letter of intent on Wednesday, February 5th, but said he's excited about being a Husky and can't wait to enroll in the summer.

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