Kelemete still solid on Dawgs

Even though he became the earliest ever commitment to Washington, Evergreen (Seattle) OL/DL Senio Kelemete didn't rest on his laurels. He was a mainstay at the Barton camps and stood out among the top performaers at the Barton Showcase in May. He recently received two offers from some other schools in the Pac 10, but said he's still as solid as ever on his commitment to the Huskies.

"May was pretty crazy," Kelemete told recently. "We had a bunch of schools come through our school and talk to us and it was pretty cool seeing some of those coaches come through, but Washington is where I want to be and I'm set on my decision to be a Husky.

"Arizona State and Oregon State offered the most recently and I still get lots of stuff from Washington State and Oregon, but I'm a Dawg and that's it so it doesn't really matter who else offers me."

By all accounts, Kelemete and his team dominated the Western Washington camp last week and he earned high-accolades from some of the local high school coaches.

"They really talked about how physical we were and how we just beat up on people," Kelemete said with a laugh. "That's something we take pride in and we think we should have a pretty good year if we can keep in going."

Also in attendance at the camp were Rodgers, Liberty, Bothell and Federal Way and Kelemete said the rather skeleton roster of the Wolverines more than held their own against those talented squads.

"They had some really good players," Kelemete said. "I played both ways and think I did pretty well. It was definitely a good workout and we got some good work in up there."

Even though he wasn't able to participate in Washington's individual camp, Kelemete did make it down for a day of the workouts and spent some time with recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Chris Tormey and head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"They said they were happy to see me there and we talked a lot about the summer and what I've been up to," Kelemete said. "We talked about the recruiting class and how they are hoping to get some of the top guys and that they are really glad to have me in the class already.

"It's good to get down there and see how they coach the other players so I know what to expect and to also just get down there and hang out with the players and be on campus. It was fun."

Kelemete lost quite a bit of weight during wrestling season, but has since gotten back up to 265 pounds and expects to play his senior year at 270. Because he's so versatile, the Husky coaches have told him he can choose where he wants to play.

"They said I could play either side and I love playing defense so I think I'll start out at defensive end," Kelemete said. "I love getting up field and stuffing a play or getting to the quarterback.

"I'd probably be a defensive end with my size the way I am right now, but if I get too big I can move inside and do just as well. Defense is what I love to play and it's what I love to do."

We'll have more from Kelemete as he draws closer to starting his senior season of football.

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