Erskine talks about Montlake visit

A hard-hitting, sure-tackling linebacker is a player ever defense needs and one that is starting to receive a lot of recruiting attention is St. Augustine LB Bobby Erskine. The young man from San Diego was in town this past weekend to visit Washington and he talked about how recruiting is progressing and how close he was to making a decision.

"Washington's the only school that has offered me," Erskine said. "I've gotten calls from a lot of schools, but no offers. I visited because Washington is a great school. I really like coach (Tyrone) Willingham a lot. He's the ideal coach in college I would want – at any level actually.

"They have a lot of tradition and they're a top of the line school in both football and academics as well. They've got one of the best coaching staffs – coach Willingham and their defensive coordinator Kent Baer."

On his trip to Washington, Erskine said he was really close to committing, but decided against that when he was counseled by the Huskies head man.

"The reason I didn't commit early is because coach Willingham said ‘you want to make sure it's the right place' because on the junior day they basically treated us like kings," Erskine admitted. "They wanted us to step back from the glitter and all the hype. I went with my dad and he was impressed with everything too.

"I heard, last year, where they had a running back that committed and then de-committed like three weeks before signing day, so they don't want you to be wishy-washy and unsure of where you want to go. They want you to make sure you want to go to Washington."

Besides the Washington offer, San Diego State has told Erskine they are close to offering him and UCLA and Boston College have both shown a lot of interest after he camped at both schools.

He said that Washington is sure to get an official visit, but is unsure of any other ones past that.

"I wouldn't mind leaving," Erskine said about leaving southern California. "It sorta depends on where I feel I fit best. I actually might prefer going out of state, but it just depends on what schools are interested in me.

"I don't think I'll make a decision before my season starts, but anything could happen and if for some reason I'm talking to my coaches or my family and they think I should make my decision then I will, but I think it's highly unlikely I'll make an early decision."

As a junior, Erskine posted 101 tackles, 6.5 sacks and had three fumble recoveries.

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