Bakersfield DL has great trip

Ismail Abdunafi is a 6-4 285-pound defensive lineman from Bakersfield Community College. He had committed to Texas A&M earlier but made his way to Seattle for a visit this weekend.

Kim Grinolds of spoke with him this evening about his Washington visit.

"I knew a couple of guys in the Seattle area. I know Jordan Slye as well," said Abdunafi of the former Husky wide receiver who is now at Compton JC.

The main reason Abdunafi visited Washington was because former Coach Scott Pelluer had been recruiting him and kept the Huskies in the hunt. Chris Tormey picked it up from there and the Huskies appear close to landing the big time defensive terror.

At the very least, the Huskies are now tied for the lead in his recruitment.

"Isaiah Stanback hosted me. He's a great guy. I love that they set me up with a quarterback, we got along really well, said Abdunafi. "I didn't' meet too many of the current players, just briefly. I hung out with EJ Savannah, too. He's got a real bright future ahead of him."

Abdunafi enjoyed Seattle a lot. "The weather was fine with me. I can look past the rain everyone talks about. Seattle is a really tight place. There's a lot to do. I had a great time at the basketball game. That little guy, Robinson, was something."

Then he walked into the Dawg house. "Husky Stadium is crazy. I can picture myself playing there. Coach Tormey took me all the way to the top and I was blown away. It's really something," said Abdunafi.

"I talked to Coach Willingham after breakfast today. He told me about the need they have here for defensive linemen, about the type of program he runs, and about the type of people he expects you to be if you are here. He told me what he expects of his players."

He also offered Abdunafi a full ride scholarship to play for the Huskies.

"I thought the world of him before I got there, but on television all you see is the tough side, the kind of guy that can be hard on you. In person, he's a really funny guy. And you can tell that he REALLY wants to win."

Abdunafi has offers from Texas A&M, Illinois, Washington, and Michigan State. He likes all four schools a lot, and his trip to Seattle definitely appeared to help the Huskies move up that list.

"This was my last visit. I have two weeks to make my decision. Washington is definitely one of my top schools, if not THE top. Coach Willingham is really impressive and I think he can turn it around up there," said Abdunafi.

If he had to make a decision today, what would it be? "I don't know. I don't think that I could," said Abdunafi. He had committed to Texas A&M early in the process, so his recruiting has really opened up as a result of his visits.

The major factor that will go into his decision will be where he is most comfortable. "You have to be comfortable to perform at your peak," added Abdunafi.

"I've really enjoyed the recruiting process. Now I just need to think about things and make a decision." Top Stories