Schaefer gets Husky offer

It's been a whirlwind for the Washington Husky football staff. This weekend they played host to over 25 local high school football prospects and gave out several scholarship offers. One of the players to get that all important first offer was Eastlake's Drew Schaefer who said he couldn't be happier with what transpired this weekend.

"Me and my parents sat down with coach (Tyrone) Willingham for about 30 minutes before the basketball game and that's when he offered me the scholarship," an excited Schaefer told "I was really excited to get it and my mom and dad were pretty happy too. It means a lot because it's such a great university and the program is on the rise."

Specifically, Schaefer and Willingham spoke of what it means to be a college football player and what the third-year head coach expects out of the young men in his charge.

"When you sit and talk with him, you just want to soak up everything he says because he's so honest and up front with you," Schaefer said. "He talked about what it means to have the privilege of playing football and being a student-athlete first and foremost.

"He talked about his expectations of his players and how they should conduct themselves on and off the field. It was a really good meeting."

Schaefer said he had a lot of fun while watching the Husky men's basketball team down the second-ranked UCLA Bruins 61-51 before a raucous home crowd.

"The place was really crazy in there and loud," Schaefer said with a laugh. "We had a lot of fun. It was a really great game and the Huskies won so that made it that much better."

As excited as Schaefer is over his first, of what will likely be many, offers, the young man from Eastlake said he didn't think about committing on the spot.

"I wanted to get back and let it sort of soak in really," Schaefer said. "It's so early in the recruiting process for me, I just want to sit back and let things happen a little bit.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited about getting an offer from Washington, but I just want to be patient so I can make the right decision for me and for my future."

Schaefer will attend Oregon's Junior Day on April 28th and then will go to Washington and Oregon's summer camps and could possibly head over the mountains to take in a day or two of Washington State's camp as well.

We'll have more from Schaefer in the coming weeks.

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