2017 Stellar Prep (Hayward, Ca.) LB Addison Gumbs visited Montlake last Friday and said he loved every moment he was on campus

Last Friday, Washington hosted 2017 Stellar Prep (Hayward, Ca.) LB Addison Gumbs, one of the top linebackers on their board, and he told Dawgman.com that the visit couldn't have gone better...

"It was my first time in Seattle, so it was really great to see the school and also the area. I loved it," Gumbs told Dawgman.com. "From meeting with the coaches, especially coach (Chris) Petersen and coach (Bob) Gregory, to the facilities and the campus and that stadium, I mean, it was just amazing."

While he was on campus, Gumbs got a chance to take in Friday's practice and he said he likes the way they use their BUCK linebacker, the spot he would likely play should he commit to the Dawgs.

"I really liked the schemes they run and how they use (the BUCK)," Gumbs said. "I feel like I would fit into their scheme really well. What they ask (the BUCK) to do is exactly what I do the best and I feel like I could come in and help right away.

"They are intense about football there, but I really liked the vibe there and the attitude of being pretty laid back. 

"The visit totally exceeded my expectations and I already had high expectations."

After spending the night in Seattle, Gumbs then headed south to check out another one of his favorites -- USC.

"That was a lot of fun too," Gumbs said. "Coach (Clay) Helton is a good coach and I liked their practice and how intense it is there."

Gumbs has one more trip in mind this spring and then he'll start to focus on narrowing things down a bit.

"I'm going to check out UCLA again next weekend for their spring game," Gumbs said. "I've already been there once and I wanted to get down to check out their spring game, so that'll happen next weekend."

In addition to the Huskies, Bruins and Trojans, Gumbs has visited several other schools, racking up the frequent flier miles while looking at his options.

"I've seen Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Utah, Oklahoma, a bunch of schools," Gumbs said. "I just felt like I needed to see what was out there and what each school had to offer, so I took this opportunity to see all of the schools I could see."

Gumbs is holding true to a timeline of making a decision this summer and he said he'll start narrowing things down in the coming weeks.

"I'm not really ready yet to start narrowing things down, but I will do it pretty soon," Gumbs said. "I want to take this time to finish up my visits and then I'll start looking at forming a final list and then I want to decide at some point before my senior season so that I can just focus on that.

"Distance won't be a factor for me at all. East, west, north, south, it doesn't really matter. I'm just looking for a place that feels like home, has good academics, good football and a place that I feel like I can spend the next four or five years."

Gumbs totaled 78 tackles and 23 sacks as a junior last season.


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