Trip Report: Garry Graffort spoke Sunday night with Garry Graffort, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end prospect from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, Calif., and Graffort filled us in on his official visit to Washington this past weekend, a trip he gave a '9' on a scale from 1 to 10.

"I really enjoyed Washington," Graffort said. "Their coaching staff is amazing. I was treated really well. I had a great time. I didn't get a scholarship offer, but they made it clear that I'm their number-one tight end if they are going to recruit a tight end."

Despite the lack of an offer tendered, Graffort said he felt no mixed emotions. "I went up there knowing I probably wasn't going to get an offer," he said. "I didn't have my expectations set too high. My recruiter told me beforehand that they probably weren't going to be able to offer me, but they still wanted to come on the trip and see if I liked the school and to base my decision on that. And when I talked to coach Willingham, he made it clear that I'm really high on their prospect list, but right now they don't have a scholarship to offer. They are waiting for things to open up this week or next week once other guys take their other visits and make their decisions."

Michael Gottlieb was Garry's host. "He told me about (Washington tight ends) Coach (Bob) Simmons and how he's a man of few words but that he's a great coach," Graffort said. "And we talked about how coach Willingham is really there for the team and how he really wants them to succeed. He warmed me up to the whole 'U-Dub' lifestyle."

Graffort noted a couple of different highlights from his visit. "I was never hungry the entire trip," he said with a laugh. "They fed us the whole time, which was great. The facilities were also great. The campus and the sports life is so connected. I liked how the academics were so close with the athletics at that school."

He also had some nice things to say about Seattle, despite its current wet spell. "It's cleaner than San Francisco," Graffort said of the Emerald City. "And everyone I met was really polite. I would say it was like a smaller, cleaner San Francisco."

Graffort still plans on visiting Oregon on the weekend of the 28th. "My Dad is going to talk to my coach about telling other schools that I have a free weekend to visit, maybe some of the local California schools, like Cal-Poly or UC-Davis," he said. "I might communicate with them."

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