Trip Report - AJ Carty

If AJ Carty doesn’t want to go to the University of Washington, it sounds like his Mother is more than happy to take his place. For the 6-foot-3, 250-pound long snapping prospect from Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., his official visit to UW just reinforced what he already knew - he’s ready to be a Dawg.

“When I talked to coach Pete (Chris Petersen) and coach (Jeff) Choate earlier on in the fall about taking my official, they said it would be more beneficial in January because they would have more time with me than at a game,” Carty told Sunday night. “They get to sit down with me and my parents and go to dinner and stuff. I really liked the idea of spending quite a bit of time with them. I was too busy last weekend, so this weekend was just the perfect weekend to do it.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that food was right at the top of Carty’s official visit highlights. “The fed us so well,” he said. “Saturday night we got to eat at the Columbia Tower on the top floor. That was pretty incredible; we got to look out at the city while we were eating dinner. It was awesome.

“Coach Choate sat with us for almost every meal and I talked to coach Pete at every meal. Coach Choate sat at our table for every meal, so that was awesome.”

Carty, who plans on studying Medical Anthropology at UW, was very excited by the academic side of the visit. “They took us on campus tours,” he said. “The presentations, the academic side that they presented to us…they sat us down with professors of our likely majors and the professors talked to us about what the right choice is for us, how to do it, how to prepare for it. That was amazing.”

Junior punter Korey Durkee was Carty’s player-host. “He had nothing but good things to say,” Carty said when he talked to Durkee about his experience at UW. “He said the staff is the best staff in the nation. It’s just a fun place to be. He said it’s extremely difficult, but it’s so much fun to be around and it’s worth it.”

It’s safe to say that the 48 hours Carty and his family spent at UW during his official visit this weekend sealed his commitment to the Huskies.

“As my Mom put it, she wants to go back to college,” Carty said with a chuckle. “They both loved it. They are so happy for me and can’t wait for me to experience this opportunity.

“This is the best place in the nation, can’t wait to be there.”

Carty is on track to sign his letter of intent February 4th, and Servite graduation is on June 4th. That’s an important date, because by then he’ll know if he’s going to be a Husky in the fall or if he’s going to wait just a little bit longer.

“As of right now, I’m planning to greyshirt - as it always had been,” Carty said. “They said that if anything happened - attrition to the team, someone gets kicked off, someone loses a year of eligibity, family emergency, injury - they’ll bring me in. They’ll let me know what’s going on.

“I’ll know before I graduate if I come in the fall or greyshirt. I’m preparing as if I’m going in the fall, and then if I don’t I have a complete separate plan for that.”

Carty gave us some details of his plan to delay enrollment until next winter. “Work, grab some money, keep busy, work out a lot, stay on a tight regimen,” he said. “I’m definitely going to take some classes at a JC and take advantage of the opportunity to get ahead in the classroom. I could possibly get a masters or grad degree before I stop playing football. So just take care of as much as I can.”

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