Trip report - Mark Armelin

When a prospect gets a scholarship offer this late in the process, it's a little surprising when they make a verbal commitment before taking the extra time to visit to confirm their suspicions. Mark Armelin verbally committed to Washington just days before his official visit to Washington. Why didn't he just wait?

He must have known deep down that UW was the place for him, as he gave his official visit this past weekend to Seattle a '10'. "I love Seattle," Armelin told Monday morning. "It's a town I could see myself living in, even after college."

Quintin Daniels was Armelin's host. "He told me to be prepared for a lot of hard work, but it's worth it," he said. "He also said that everyone's a big family there, and so that made me real happy to be a part of that."

Mark got to see some of that for himself first-hand this weekend. "I met some of the guys on the team, and they were all really friendly with each other," said Armelin. "I didn't see any conflicts when I was there."

Armelin also had high praise for Washington's head coach. "Coach (Tyrone) Willingham, the way he takes care of the team, that really helps a lot," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive tackle from Bishop Alemany in Mission Hills, Calif. spoke at length with his future position coach, Mike Denbrock. "I think they want me at tackle, but I'm sure I could play some guard too," he said. "He said that he got me because he doesn't want slob linemen. He likes the fact that I'm fast, agile and can block. I can pull and I'm athletic."

Armelin said he had seen Husky Stadium on TV, but his first trip ever through the tunnel and out onto the field was a mind-blowing experience. "Just coming out the tunnel and seeing all the seats that are going to be filled when we play, that was amazing," he said.

Armelin's parents went with him on his official visit. "I liked how, instead of just academic advisors and coaches, we actually got to talk to teachers as well," he said. "My parents kept telling me how much they liked my decision."

Beacause Armelin is verbally committed to Washington, he plans on taking no more trips. He took an earlier trip to Fresno State, and Oregon and Oregon State both talked seriously about getting him to visit their schools, but he's finished with the recruiting process.

"The more I talk with other schools, the happier I am that I made my decision to go to Washington," Armelin said.

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