Ossai ready to be a Husky

As the school year winds down, players who committed and signed with Washington to play football this past fall are finishing up their schoolwork and some of their spring sports. Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale OL Ben Ossai is one of those players, and he updated Dawgman.com on how his winter and spring sports went and how qualifying to play Division one football is going.

"I was having a problem with one Geometry class," the big man from the Valley said. "But that's all taken care of now and I'll be done with it soon. After I pass the class I'm good."

Ossai received a 1000 on the SAT back in February and his Geometry class is the last of the 14 core classes he needs to complete and then he is headed to Montlake, but he isn't exactly sure when he will make his way up north.

"I'm set to come up in August. I don't know the date yet. It's still a long ways away so they'll tell me when the time comes," Ossai added with a chuckle.

Since the football season ended Ossai has been busy with wrestling and track. "For wrestling I came in 60 pounds overweight," Ossai said. "I lost 50 of it but I didn't get to wrestle because the heaviest you can weigh is 275 pounds…Right now I weigh about 295 or 300."

Ossai didn't have that same problem with track winning his league in shot put and finishing second in the Discus. "At Valley (area championships) I got fourth in the shot, but didn't place in the Discus," he said.

Wrestling was Ossai's main focus because he said it was much more grueling to prepare for that sport than even football. "You have to run so much more and have so much more endurance to wrestle than you need to play football," Ossai said.

Husky offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and linebackers coach Chris Tormey have been the coaches checking up on Ossai, and they've made it known where they expect him to end up along the offensive line when he arrives on campus.

"They told me I'm probably going to be a tackle and I'm probably going to redshirt my first year," Ossai said. "Or if things happen and I'm good enough to play my first year then I can play and not redshirt."

With the young depth already in place along the offensive front, Ossai will have his work cut out for him, but he says he's ready to go and looking forward to next season.

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