Potasi Resists Temptation

<b>Alex Potasi</b>, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California took an official visit to <b>Washington</b> this weekend with his teammate, Marcus O'Keith. It was a hectic weekend, one that started with a record-making performance by Potasi and his teammates.

"I really expected a little bit of competition," Potasi told Dawgman.com tonight when asked about Narbonne's victory over Kennedy to win the LA City Invitational championship. It's the first championship ever won by a Narbonne football team.

Then it was off to Seattle for a crazy weekend of wining and dining, courtesy of the Washington Huskies. "We met with our player hosts and some of the other recruits and went out to eat. They sure fed us good," Alex said of the beginning of his trip. His host was freshman lineman Tui Alailefaleula. "He's one cool cat," said Potasi.

Saturday's itinerary went something like this. "We woke up, went to Daniel's for breakfast, then went to practice and had appointments and then went to have lunch with the coaches at Jillians," Alex said.

Potasi commented on the tempo of the college game. "Man, that practice was a lot faster than our high school practices. They also seemed more together with things. The facilities were also really nice."

The day continued. "We went back to the hotel to rest and then went to dinner at the stadium," he said. "Then we went out with our hosts."

And lastly there was the culmination of the visit on Sunday. "We went to Coach Neuheisel's house for breakfast and then went on a tour of the campus and then had dinner at the Space Needle and then went home after that."

And the highlight of the trip for Alex? "I'd say coming out of the tunnel was pretty special. I know they sell out all their games and all I could think about was the crowd going crazy and yelling."

Alex also commented on how much he enjoyed hanging out and talking with the coaches. "I really liked talking to Coach Myers," he said. "He talked about expectations and the type of coach he is. I like him a lot. I like all of them."

During Sunday's brunch proceedings, Neuheisel apparently tried to put the hammer down on Alex and wiggle a commitment out of him. He feels pretty strongly about the Dawgs but he feels even stronger about making sure the decision he eventually makes is the right one for him. "He just kept trying to get me to come there," Alex said with a laugh. "I told him that I need to take my visits first and he understood."

Alex is visiting UCLA and Cal, and expects to make a decision after trips to those two schools. The Bruins are visiting the Potasis this Tuesday, followed by Cal on Wednesday and then the Huskies on Thursday. "Coach Neuheisel is coming over to visit," he said.

We'll be in touch with Alex Friday to find out how his in-home visit went.

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