Kosub fulfills lifelong dream

When he was a young boy growing up in north Seattle, Hug (Reno, Nev.) DT Derek Kosub watched Washington football with a passion and for a very long time he has wanted to wear the purple and gold. That dream came true this weekend when he committed to Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham on his official visit to Montlake.

"When (the coaches) said ‘Do you want the scholarship?' that was it," Kosub told Dawgman.com. "Nothing more has been on my mind lately and even when I was a kid I grew up watching the Huskies and Corey Dillon and Napoleon Kaufman I was always in awe of them and now that I get to play for them is a dream come true because I've always loved the Huskies."

Like many other recruits, Kosub said the highlight of his visit was his meeting with Willingham.

"It's hard to explain Tyrone Willingham," Kosub said. "That guy is real intelligent, knows what he's talking about and so experienced and knowledgeable about everything so I give him a lot of respect. He told me what he wanted out of his players and what he expects and everything like that.

Sophomore DT Jordan White-Frisbee was Kosub's host on the visit and while Kosub may be 6-3.5 and tip the scales at 295 pounds, he felt small compared to the third-year sophomore from Kenmore, Washington.

"That guy is a cool guy," Kosub said laughing. "He's funny. He's huge, that guy is like 340."

Kosub spent a lot of time with his soon-to-be position coach Randy Hart while on his visit and the two got to know each other very well.

"He's an older guy so he's a coaches coach, but he played at Ohio State with Woody Hayes and all that," Kosub said with a reverence only someone who knows the history of the game can emote. "He's something special because he gets guys to where they want to go.

"(White-Frisbee) said he's tough, but that's a coach you want because he brings the best out of you."

Kosub had originally committed to San Diego State and also had a trip planned to see Boise State this weekend, but when Washington came calling he knew where he was headed this weekend and where he would likely play his college football.

"I know that I'm going to be playing against guys who are so far ahead and I'm going to have to catch up because I chose to accept the challenge," Kosub said. "I just can't wait to see where I'm at.

"I plan on playing and really making a difference and helping this program out because it's been rough for the past two years and I told coach Willingham that I'm going to bring some glory to these fans – they deserve it."

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