Washington hosts one of the top 2017 defensive back prospects in the West as West Linn (Or.) DB Elijah Molden attends UW's Junior Day event

2017 West Linn (Or.) DB Elijah Molden was in Seattle to see the Washington campus for the first time and he said the visit couldn't have gone any better...

"The visit was great. It totally exceeded my expectations," Molden told Dawgman.com. "It was the first time I'd ever been up there to see the campus and the facilities and it just blew me away. 

"I loved the campus and the facilities were great too. They are building a great program up there and I really liked their philosophies on things.

"I big thing that stuck out to me is that coach (Chris) Petersen and all of the coaches are really about life after football. I love the type of coaches they have there. I really felt like I matched up well with them and their defense is a good fit for me because I like to play aggressively and that's what coach (Jimmy) Lake likes to do with his defensive backs."

Molden currently holds offers from 12 schools, including Washington, and he has plans to visit one of his favorites, his father's alma mater, next week.

"I've been to Stanford's Junior Day and Washington's Junior Day and I'm going to go to Oregon's next week," Molden said. "After that, I'm just going to get ready for the Opening, that will be the only camp I do this summer, and then I'll get ready for my senior season.

As far as making a decision is concerned, Molden isn't in a hurry, but he has been thinking about what he'll be looking for from the school that he chooses when he's ready to commit.

"I really am looking at the coaches, especially the position coaches, that I would be playing for," Molden said. "I also am looking for a school that will help me after football and get me set up for the rest of my life.

"The last one is playing time and being able to make an impact. It doesn't necessarily mean I am looking to play right away, but when I do play, I want to make an impact.

"I'm not in a hurry to make my decision. I want to take my official visits and then decide after that. It will probably come in December or January. Whenever I am ready."

Two schools who Molden plans to take official visits to once he can start taking them will be Oregon and Stanford with Washington in the mix for a possible official visit as well.

"Washington is definitely a school that is a possibility for an official visit, but other than those two schools (Oregon and Stanford) I am still thinking about which ones I want to see and I'm open to everyone right now."

As a junior last season, Molden totaled nearly 1,100 yards and 17 scores on the ground while also hauling in 28 receptions for 476 yards and six scores as a receiver and totaled 61 tackles and one interception from his defensive back spot.

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