Trip Report - Kamari Pleasant

Kamari Pleasant is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from Etiwanda, California, and now that Dwayne Washington has left the University of Washington to pursue pro prospects, the Huskies are in need of a bigger tailback. Could the answer end up being a Pleasant one?

"Just my versatility and my ability to make big plays at any moment in the game," Kamari Pleasant told Monday when asked about what makes him a special player on the offensive side of the football. That description could fit Dwayne Washington as well, and might be the reason why the Huskies offered Pleasant a scholarship a week ago. They also tripped him to Montlake officially this past weekend.

"My interest in Washington is pretty high," said Pleasant. "I've been waiting for them to offer me for a pretty long time. I felt like taking an official (visit) wouldn't hurt, keeping my options open."

Pleasant has eight offers so far. "I started off with Montana State," he said. "Then I got UTEP, Oregon, ASU, Fresno (State), USC, and Washington. I might be forgetting one (UNLV)."

He told Dawgman he plans on taking one more official visit, to Arizona State, probably between the next two weekends.  "Just talk to the head coach and see what it's like over there and then I'll make my decision," he said, adding that he won't necessarily wait until Signing Day to make that final choice.

What were the highlights of his official visit to Washington? "Just the one-on-one with Coach Petersen at the end of the visit, just getting to know him better and building a relationship with him, and also the photo shoot," Pleasant said. "That was pretty cool.

"I asked him pretty much every question that I needed to. Also coach KB (Keith Bhonapha), we were chopping it up through the whole visit."

According to Pleasant, Bhonapha will be in-home with him later on tonight. 

The Huskies are recruiting Pleasant as a running back and receiver. "They want to keep me involved, get me in there early, use me all over - mainly running back - and also packages for receiver to leak out, because I've got good hands and am a good route-runner and stuff," he said.

Pleasant was hosted by Etiwanda native Mike Neal, who is currently redshirting at UW. "We went to the same high school," Pleasant said of Neal. "He said he loves it up there. He's having a great time."

When asked to rate his visit on a scale from 1-10, Pleasant gave his trip a 9. "They sold it out, all the way," he said. "They are great people, but if it was a 10 I'd already be committed to them."

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