Schenck ready for Washington visit

Athletes come out of the woodwork late in the game at times and Mission Hills (San Marcos, Ca.) LB Robert Schenck is a physical specimen that has been lightly recruited. No more. He and the Huskies have set up a trip for this weekend so that the Washington coaching staff can give him their best pitch and to possibly give him an offer.

"I'm heading up to Seattle this weekend," Schenck told regarding his official visit to Montlake. "I won't be coming up there until two on Saturday though, because I'm taking the SAT's in the morning."

To say Schenck is an outstanding athlete is an understatement. He measures 6 feet, 2 inches, weighs 235 pounds, runs the 40 in 4.54 seconds and the 100 in 10.6. He also benches 320 and squats an amazing 660 pounds.

He recently visited Washington State and Fresno State, receiving scholarship offers from both on his visits. Bulldog's head coach Pat Hill even got Schenck to verbal on his trip, but it's soft because he's still considering the Huskies.

"I gave them a ‘soft' verbal because I wanted to make sure I had a spot," Schenck said.

"Washington State is a small town where everybody knows everybody. It's a big football town in Pullman. Coach (Bill) Doba is a great coach. I liked him when I was up there. They're looking at me as a running back or linebacker. That could be big over there.

"Fresno is underrated and they're coming up right now. They're in the top 25, just about every year, making it to the bowl games every year, I think the Liberty Bowl was the last one."

One reason FSU got a verbal from Schenck was because of the prospect for immediate playing time.

"I looked at the depth charts I would be playing middle linebacker for (Fresno State) because he's a senior this year and he's leaving and I would have a good chance to come in at my position," Schenck noted. "But at Washington State they're all freshman so they've all been there for a while and they're coming back."

Washington defensive coordinator Kent Baer has been running point on Schenck's recruitment and it doesn't hurt the Huskies' chances for the playmaker from southern California that his cousin played for the Dawgs.

"My cousin Odell George went to school up there and graduated from there," Schenck said. "He told me to go up there with an open mind because it's a great school and a great atmosphere and it's a Husky town."

While he's relatively soft spoken, you can tell he is wise beyond his years. Schenck attributes that to having to move during the past two years.

"I have a little bit more maturity than other people because I came from a different HS as a sophomore and came to a school just as a junior and I had to be a team leader as a junior and a senior," Schenck said. "So I had to lead the team two years in a row and that made me mature physically and mentally.

"I like to be a leader," Schenck said. "I like to be like a role model and my saying is ‘good players play above their potential and great players inspire other teammates to play above theirs' so I'm just trying to be a great player by getting involved with other people who need help and just try to be a leader."

Schenck said the Husky coaching staff is looking at him as an outside or inside linebacker with an off chance he could play safety with his speed.

So if he gets an offer on is visit will Schenck become a Husky?

"I'm not sure," Schenck admitted. "I would sit down with coach and father to discuss things if Washington offers."

We will have more from Schenck on Sunday following his visit to Montlake.

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