Huskies Will Get Visit From JUCO Pass-Rusher

In a bit of a surprise, Hutchinson LB Claude George decided to open up his recruitment recently and told that Washington is a school he plans to visit late next month...

"I committed to Miami too early," George told "I committed to them and had never seen another school up close and on an official visit. I talked with my family and my coaches a lot and they just said I should open things up to other schools and make sure I made the right decision.

"I called the Miami coaches and they weren't happy, but I had to do what I needed to do, so I just opened things up and I've been talking to a few schools about visiting."

One of those schools in Washington.

"I talk to the coaches about once a week and it's been good," George said. "I talked to coach (Chris) Petersen a lot and he just says they want to get me out for a visit to see what they have to offer there.

"He's real big about football and life after football. That's really great to hear.

"I also talked to them a lot about (Hauoli Kikaha) and they said he's leaving after this season and that he's leading the country in sacks (with 12.5) and that I fit in perfectly at the position he plays. That guy's a beast. I want to see how they use him and what defense they run."

George's team plays every Saturday until late November, so he isn't expecting to see Montlake on a game weekend. Instead, he's planning a mid-week trip to see the campus and meet with the coaches as they prepare for the Apple Cup.

"I have the entire week of Thanksgiving off, so I think I'm going to head up there on like Monday and then leave on Wednesday, something like that," George said. "I haven't firmed up the days yet, but that's what I'm looking at.

"I can watch them practice and meet with the coaches and the players and just get a feel for things up there."

Other schools that George said he's expecting to visit are Texas Tech, Nebraska and possibly Texas A&M.

"Honestly, I'm not really sure yet on the other ones, but Texas Tech is one I want to visit," George said. "Nebraska hasn't offered yet, but they are close and if they do I will probably visit there and I really like A&M, so I am thinking that will be my last visit if I take that one."

So far this season, George has racked up 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, one interception, three pass breakups and two blocked punts.

"Last year (when he posted nine sacks), the coaches used me as more of a pass-rusher and I loved that, but this year they are using me at linebacker more," George said. "I will do whatever is best for my team and if that is playing more linebacker, then I can do that. I don't really care."

George is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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