Huskies show interest in Cali lineman

The Washington football coaches have been after several linemen from the Golden State this year and one that has really piqued their interest is Bakersfield OL/DE Justin Cheadle, a two way star that is very athletic and who likes the rush he gets when he hits someone.

"I prefer to play defense," Cheadle told "I like offense too, but there is nothing like hitting someone really hard and watching him stagger back to the huddle. I love the sound it makes and then to watch it on T.V. and see what the announcers have to say about it."

Cheadle is a solid 6-4, 260 pounds and he maintains a 4.9 in the forty but says he has plans to better that this coming weekend at the Stanford Nike Combine.

"I'll say I run a 4.9, but I plan on running a 4.7 because I've been working on it really hard," Cheadle said. "I'm going to pick out a fast guy and race him. I'm confident I can do well.

"I'm also really looking forward to the one-on-ones because I think my athletic skills will be able to match up with some of the guys there. It's going to be fun seeing how I do against the best players. That's what I want too. I want to compete against the best and then I can show what I've got."

Coaches from Oregon State and Washington recently visited Cheadle's high school and introduced themselves.

"Washington's offensive line coach (Mike Denbrock) told me they are very interested in me," Cheadle said. "They've been recruiting my teammate Phillip Thomas for a while and they said they saw me play and they liked what they saw. He gave me his card and said he would be in touch soon."

Cheadle has a connection to the Huskies – his uncle, Roger Tarver, was a strong safety for the Dawgs and earned letters in '80, '81 and '83.

"He told me about the school and the area and why it's a good program," Cheadle said. "This week was the first time I had heard from them, but they are a school I'm going to look at now."

Offers have already come in for the big man from the valley from Nebraska, Colorado State, Washington State, Arizona and Fresno State. Expect that number to increase the more teams find out about this gem from southern California.

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