Schaefer says he's a Dawg

After Washington signed the 27 players who comprised their 2007 recruiting class, they immediately turned their sights on the plethora of outstanding local lineman to comprise their 2008 class. There aren't many better than Eastlake (Sammamish, Wa.) OL Drew Schaefer who decided to end the drama of the recruiting process and committed to the Huskies on Thursday night.

"I'm excited," Schaefer told exclusively following an offseason workout. "Yesterday me and my family went up to U-Dub and caught their practice and I really watched their line drills and the things they worked on.

"Afterwards I sat down with coach (Tyrone) Willingham and my mom and dad and we just talked about things with him in his office and after about 15 minutes I told him I wanted to be a Husky.

"He was really excited when I told him. He called all of the other offensive coaches in and we told them and they all congratulated me and said they were happy to have me in."

Schaefer said there were several reasons for his commitment to Washington and one of those was his relationship with two of the offensive coaches.

"Well, coach (Mike) Denbrock is a great guy," Schaefer said. "He's such a good coach and he's coached a lot of big-time players. I've been texting him for a while since I got my offer and I feel real comfortable with him as my position coach."

"Coach (Tim) Lappano and his family and I are really close and I really respect him a lot and if he chooses to work with anyone, then I think I can trust whoever he's working with because I know if he's working with them they have to be good at what they do."

The school and the program also had something to do with it as well.

"Playing for the hometown school is what I wanted to do," Schaefer said. "It's a great academic school and a place that's close enough to home so that my family can watch me play and I can be a part of bringing them back."

Now that he joins Evergreen (Burien) OL/DL Senio Kelemete as the second Husky commit, he said he plans to do whatever he can to bring in even more talented players.

"I will do whatever they need to me do," Schaefer said. "I want to tell people why I committed and why they should to.

"We have some really good players in the area this year and I think it's up to me to help bring them in if I can do anything."

Schaefer said he expects to still take in several more Husky practices this spring and he's ready to get his senior season started.

"I'm going to go out and do the best I can next year and then I'm ready to be a Husky," Schaefer said.

Even though he isn't technically a Husky player, many Washington fans already consider him a Dawg.

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