O'Keith To Take Plunge?

<b>Marcus O'Keith</b> was about to make one of the most important decisions of his life just a couple of weeks ago. Then, slowly but surely the 6-0, 180-pound running back from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California started re-evaluating his situation and is now at the point where his leader isn't as far ahead as they were before. His leader? The <b>University of Washington</b>.

"It was a great game," Marcus said of his team's triumph over Kennedy to win the LA City Invitational championship. "Everyone contributed and did a good job." Marcus and teammate Alex Potasi then headed up to Seattle to check out Washington on an official visit. They got the red carpet rolled out for them and saw a bunch of things in a short amount of time.

"It was pretty nice," O'Keith said of his visit. "I had a good time. I got to see the campus, check out the academics,had a one-on-one meeting with the running backs coach and see a practice in the indoor facility."

Marcus noticed a couple of differences between a typical U-dub practice and a Narbonne practice. "Well, the linemen all seem to be about 6-6 or taller," he said. "That kind of tripped me out a little. And the speed of the game is a lot faster."

The Dempsey indoor made an impression on O'Keith, as well as the locker room, basketball arena and the rest of the Husky athletic facilities. "The facilities were great," he said. "They looked like they had just been upgraded."

And a highlight? "I'd say the highlight was going to Coach Neuheisel's house," he said. "We had breakfast there on Sunday morning. They fed us good. We hung out, played video games and just kicked it." Eating was a central theme for O'Keith, as he named no less than 4 places where the recruits ate in the day and a half they were in Seattle.

"Derrick Johnson was my host," O'Keith said of the defensive back from Riverside,California. "He said that he liked it up there, said it was a lot of fun and exciting. He said the coaches are great and that they treat them all very well."

Othe Huskies he met included Roc Alexander and Reggie Williams. "I met almost everyone on the team, it seemed like," he said.

O'Keith did not neglect the academic side of things. "I got to see a lot about the business program," he said. "That's what I wanted to see the most."

His one-on-one meeting with RB Coach Tony Alford was a success. "Coach Alford's visit went real good," he said. "He just told me how much he liked me as a runner and he asked me what I thought of him. I think he's real cool and a real down to earth person."

While the coaches know O'Keith is a very coveted running back, they also know that he's still a ways away from a formal decision. "They didn't pressure me at all," he said. "They know that this is going to be a family decision for me, so they told me to take all the time I needed."

O'Keith's future trip schedule has him going to the midwest and then back out west. "I'm going to take a trip to Wisconsin this coming weekend, and then I have a trip set up January 11th for Cal," he said. "I don't know if I'm going to take my UCLA trip or not."

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