Trip Report - JoJo McIntosh

Jojo McIntosh, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back from Chaminade Prep in West Hills, Calif., was one of Chris Petersen's first verbal commitment when he took the head coaching job at Washington. Ironically, he was also one of the last to officially visit UW, as he took his trip this last weekend to see all he needed to see before Wednesday's signing day.

"It was amazing, I loved it," McIntosh said of his official visit. "I'm very excited to come up there and play for Washington. We've got Naijiel Hale that committed this weekend as well…really excited."

Did he go into the visit with any expectations? "I expected it to be cold, which it was," he said. "But it was nice. I really loved the coaches, I met all the coaches, met all of them to make sure I knew who they were and make sure they knew who I was. I met the players, they are really welcoming and are really excited for coach Petersen to be in the program. They were telling me that we're going to get a national championship, so we're all really happy. I'm really excited to play for them."

Fellow defensive back Jermaine Kelly was McIntosh's host. "He's from California," McIntosh said of the redshirt frosh. "I've been to a few football camps and I've seen him there. He's a freshman and he was telling me that being there one year - when Sarkisian and his crew were there it's a whole different thing with Petersen's group. He's telling me that Petersen is more organized and he believes Petersen can really get us to a championship and we can really win it this year. We have the athletes to do it, we just need the coaches - and he feels like this year we have the coaches."

It's been a theme: most of Washington's official visitors talk at length about their meetings with the UW coaches. McIntosh was no exception. In fact, he said meeting the coaches was the biggest highlight of the entire official visit.

"I love all the coaches," he said. "The coaches are really welcoming and I really got to know them - not just as football coaches but as people, really good people. I'm really excited to be living there for the next four years and getting to know all of them."

McIntosh's position coach at UW will be Jimmy Lake. What does Jojo think of coach Lake? "Great coach," he said. "I met coach Lake when he was at Boise and he had a chance to coach me when I was at the Boise State camp. From then I always thought he was a great coach and being on an official and really getting to see him as a person more…just really a great person and a great coach."

Did Lake get into specifics with McIntosh as far as a future position? "He was telling me…Washington is a little short on DB's right now," said McIntosh. "He was telling me that he is going to use me as a safety, but also with my size I can play as a nickel. That's what he told me."

McIntosh and John Turner were the two committed players officially visiting this past weekend; Hale committed shortly after getting a feel for the Seattle and UW experience. Is it in McIntosh's nature to turn recruiter in the hopes of landing other top prospects?

"I do my own thing and let them decide for themselves," he said. "Naijiel, I've talked to him before. He's always liked Washington, even when he was committed to Arizona. When he came on his visit he kind of knew where he wanted to be.

"There was another player - he went to Bosco but he transferred to Highland (Devin Burleson). He's a really good player, he plays offensive line. Dejaun Butler, he went to Chaminade his first three years and then left to Taft. He's at a JC right now but Washington really likes him so hopefully he'll come along. And Brayden (Lenius), he's from my high school."

So what of Lenius? What does McIntosh think the 6-foot-5 receiver prospect will do on signing day? "I talk to him and he tells me that he really loves Washington," McIntosh said of Lenius, a British Columbia native. "He has love for other schools as well, so it's just Minnesota and Utah - and Oregon offered him too. He really has a tough decision right now; he'll be deciding Wednesday."

Jojo had some final words for UW fans: "We're all going to come in and we're all going to win a National Championship. That's all I can say."

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