Bandel set to sign

Ben Bandel is a 6-7, 250-pound tight end from Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley and Bandel is counting down the hours before he sends his letter-of-intent via fax in Southern California that will weave its way up the coast and end up in the football offices of the University of Washington.

"I'm going to fax it from my house," Bandel told last night. "It's nice that way. I have late start anyways, so I don't have to wake up until 9:30 anyways."

Late start? Where was that when I was in high school? "It's great. I got all my work done so that my last year in high school I could just lag." (laughs)

Bandel earned a scholarship to Washington by not lagging on the gridiron, where he earned a very special distinction. "It was pretty cool," Ben said when he learned he had been named to the All-Southern Section CIF team. The other tight end named? Long Beach Poly's Marcedes Lewis. "I was really excited when I was named All-County, but I had no idea I had been named all-CIF. I saw it in the newspaper I was like 'Whoa'!"

Ben and his family were visited by a Washington coach last week. "Coach (Bobby) Hauck came by," he said. "He stopped by and had dinner with us. He talked to us about the paperwork and what to expect on signing day."

Once signing day comes and goes, Bandel will already be getting a taste of what to expect when he eventually makes it up to Seattle. "The strength coaches told me that they will be sending out their training package the day after signing day," he said. Ben said the coaches like his 6-7, 250-pound frame and aren't asking him to put on weight, although he wants to add some more muscle to his legs.

And this spring and summer? "Well, my middle brother is the starting tight end for UC-Davis, so I'm going to go up there and train with their team in the summer," he said. "As long as it's not organized, I can work out with the team."

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