Trip Report - Scott Shugert

Scott Shugert is a 6-foot-5.5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Oregon City, Ore., and he took his official visit to Washington this past weekend. Was it all that he thought it was going to be? Did it reaffirm his commitment to the Huskies?

"It went really good," he told on Sunday. "It was more than I thought it would be. The coaches are the number-one reason I'm going there. I get along with them all. They are all very friendly and I see myself there growing as a player and as a man."

Was there one thing he learned about the program that maybe he didn't before his commitment earlier in the year? "I think the training facilities and medical staff," Shugert said. "My parents really liked that. They have doctors of every kind they can go to."

Ryan Tolar was Shugert's host. "The first day we met with the coaches and had a facilities tour," Scott said when asked for a quick rundown of his visit. "Then we met Coach (Tyrone) Willingham. He was stressing hard work, on and off the field, and talking a lot about education, so that was cool. And that night we just hung with out with some other players. Me and Skyler (Fancher) hung out with Ryan and Cody (Habben). The next day we went to Jillians. That was fun. Me and Jake Locker were playing pool. I took him." (laughing)

Clearly Shugert had some sway in getting Fancher to verbally commit to the Huskies over the weekend. "I think he liked hanging out with the guys," Scott said. "His parents really liked the school. He's a really cool guy and it'll be fun playing with him next year."

Shugert also got his academic questions taken care of. "We talked with some professors," he said. "I got to talk to a psychology professor. I'm looking at something in criminal justice."

The UW staff had something special planned for the recruits and their parents on Saturday night. "They took us down from our hotel in the charter buses and they showed us all the things that the team does during game day, like going through the locker room," Shugert said. "We got to walk down the tunnel and they had the lights on (at Husky Stadium) and they had last year's highlights on the jumbotron. That was cool."

Shugert got a chance to talk with his future position coach - Mike Denbrock. "I told him that I'll probably redshirt to get stronger and get my knowledge up," he said. "There aren't a lot of true freshmen that play in the Pac-10. I'll start at tackle and see how I do. If he needs me, I'll move to guard. I can play a lot of positions and be a utility guy."

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