M.J. Ale (Northwest Elite Index)

Husky Offer Makes Ale Think About His Future

On Wednesday, the Huskies hosted one of the biggest, literally, recruits in the area as 2018 Fife (Wa.) OL M.J. Ale made his way up to Montlake for practice and during a meeting with head coach Chris Petersen, the senior offensive line target got one of the offers he's been hoping for...


"It was a great experience up there," a happy Ale told Dawgman.com shortly after receiving the offer. "The practice was really intense and the team had a ton of energy. It was actually the first time I'd gotten to meet coach (Scott) Huff, so that was big, but as far as the practice, you can see that the guys there have a lot of fun playing together and practicing and competing. It was a lot of fun."

After the two-hour workout, Ale headed up to Petersen's office and he and his family got the news that he was being offered by the Huskies.


"It definitely made me think about (committing)," Ale noted. "I mean, it's close to home, my parents are close by so they can see me play and it's a great program and a great institution academically, so it has the whole package and it's an offer I've wanted for a while.

"Even though I thought about committing, I'd been talking about it with my coaches (at Fife) and they just recommended taking my time and making sure I go through the process so that I can make sure I make the right decision.

"No matter what though, Washington will be one of my top schools until the end."

One thing that is helping Washington's status on Ale's list is his relationship with Petersen and his budding relationship with Huff.

"Since this was my first time meeting (Huff), it was a great chance for me to see how he works with the linemen, but also to get to know him better when we were talking," Ale said. "He's a really great guy and the players all seemed to respond to him and his coaching. I'm looking forward to building an even better relationship with him as time goes by.

"Coach Petersen has been with me since the very beginning though. He's always taken the time to get to know me and ask how I am. He's just a great man and I appreciate him taking the time to get to know me because I know head coaches don't always do that with prospects."

Last weekend, Ale headed down to Oregon State and this coming weekend he'll head to Oregon to meet with the new staff there.

"After that, I'm just going to take some time off and sorta think about things," Ale said. "I might make another couple of visits, I'm not sure yet, but as of today, my only other trip that I have scheduled is to Oregon this weekend."

Ale is also mulling over which camps he wants to hit this spring and summer.

"I've been getting lots of invites to camps, but right now, I haven't really looked at the dates and set up a schedule," Ale said. "I know I want to hit the Dirt Dawgs (UW) Camp, but they don't have a date for that yet, so I need to see how I can work it into my schedule. 

"I'm also thinking about going to the Northwest Elite Camp (June 2nd), but like I said, I still need to plan all of that stuff out."

As far as when he plans to make a decision, Ale said he's not locked into a timeline and he'll commit when he feels like he's ready.

"I'm not going to rush it, but I'm also not going to take forever and draw it out," Ale said. "I really want to think things over though, so it could be anytime between tomorrow and Signing Day (February 7th), so it really is just a matter of me finding the right spot, the best program and the best school, for me and then I will just announce it and be done."

We'll have more on Ale in the coming weeks and months as he continues to wind his way through the recruiting process and we will update news on him as it happens.

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