Bandel Makes His Decision

<b>Ben Bandel</b>, a 6-7, 250-pound tight end prospect from Murrieta, California committed to Coach Rick Neuheisel and the <b>Washington</b> Huskies this morning at Neuheisel's house.

"Man that place is big!" Bandel told today. "I committed to him at his house. He was excited and happy, a lot more so than I thought he would be. He was jumping around."

Ben said that he doesn't plan on taking any more visits.

Before leaving to visit Seattle, he said that there was a very good chance he would commit, so this welcome news isn't much of a surprise. What made the difference? "To be honest, I was pretty surprised at how nice it was up there," he said, apparently not that concerned about the rain. "I just got a chance to meet the players and coaches and like them a lot. And I was really impressed on the academic support they give to the student-athletes there."

Ben really enjoyed the two practices he was able to attend. "The practices were run in a very smooth manner," he said. "I thought the coaches did a great job." He also had a one-on-one visit with Keith Gilbertson, the Washington tight ends coach and offensive coordinator. "He just told me about what to expect at the position and how they really needed some tight ends to come in this year."

Bandel's host was Joe Toledo. "Joe's a great guy," Ben said. "I thought the coaches did a great job of setting me up with Joe and getting a chance to talk to the other tight ends. That was cool." He mentioned checking out the facilities as one of the big highlights of his visit. Top Stories