Schaefer is ready for big things

Eastlake OL Drew Schaefer is one of the top prospects in the state of Washington this year, but make no mistake he isn't resting on his laurels. He was at Montlake on Sunday, but not to take in the beautiful sites along the shores of Lake Washington. Schaefer joined the lineman group at the Barton camp and he got a good workout just one day before he begins spring practices.

"We start spring practice (Monday) so this was a really good workout," said Schaefer, who has been a regular at the Barton camps this spring. "They do a good job of working on your footwork and getting you focused on what you need to work on. It's fun, but tiring."

Schaefer has been hard at work in the weight room, bulking up what used to be an undeveloped upper body while also focusing on the most important part of a lineman's body – the legs.

"We have weight training with our team three times a week and I just recently started adding Saturday on to the workouts with 90 minutes of lifting and another 30 minutes of agility," Schaefer said. "My bench is at 305 right now, but I'm still working hard on getting that up before the season.

"My legs are good for high school ball so I'm still trying to get my upper body strength up. I power clean 240 and squat three sets of 10 reps at 355. We haven't maxed yet and I got on the lighter side with more reps because I'm taller."

This spring has also seen heaving interest from the Pac 10, most notably the three schools to offer him.

"Washington, Washington State and Stanford are my three offers right now," Schaefer said. "Washington and Stanford are the ones recruiting me the hardest, but I'm committed to U-Dub and I'm really happy with my decision."

The Cardinal offered after new head coach Jim Harbaugh came to campus and met the big man from Sammamish, Washington.

"Their head coach came up to my school and I talked to him and he just told me about their program," Schaefer recalled. "I'd been talking to them on the phone and they'd said they weren't going to offer me until they saw me and he said he liked what he saw so he gave me an offer on the spot."

Husky offensive line coach Mike Denbrock was responsible for the recruitment of Schaefer and, as his soon-to-be position coach, the two have really bonded well in the past few months.

"I have a really good relationship with Denbrock," Schaefer said. "We text each other a lot and my team is going to the passing tournament at U-Dub in a couple weeks and me and Denbrock are just going to hang out."

Schaefer also spends a lot of time talking to some of the local recruits who have yet to commit.

"I have a lot of their numbers and we text each other a lot and I just try to get a feel for how they feel about U-Dub and I think it's important to play for your home school because that's where you get your foundation," Schaefer said. "I want everyone to know why I committed and I hope we can bring in some more of the top guys so that we can build something up here again.

"Playing in front of 70,000 fans and the great atmosphere, that's one of the reasons I committed," Schaefer said. "I went to all the home games last year and just loved everything about it and the fans are great and once it gets rolling some great things are going to happen here."

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