Mike Pollak trip report

Mike Pollak came to Seattle this past weekend with his Mother and Father not really knowing what to expect. For the 6-4, 275-pound lineman from Chandler (Ariz.) Corona del Sol, he had never been there before. Now there's a chance that he just might be coming up a lot more often. So how did his official visit to the University of Washington go? Read on...

"It went great," Pollak told Dawgman.com tonight. "I went up with my parents. It's the first time I've been to Seattle and it was really great. The game and everything - it was just really surprising to me. It was so different than any college game I've ever seen in Arizona. It was overwhelming - the great tradition Washington has and everything about being a Husky." Mike and his Mother and Father came up Saturday morning and left Monday morning.

Talking to Mike, even though it was his first visit to Seattle, you wouldn't have known it. "I felt really comfortable, walking around and talking to the players," he said. "We got to the game and then after the game we talked to the coaches for a little bit and then went and had dinner. Then I met up with Clay (Walker) and some of the other players and hung out."

Walker was his host, and since Clay is from Scottsdale (Horizon), it certainly put Pollak at ease when it came down to fact-finding. "He helped me out a lot," Mike said. "I asked him what his daily routine was and how he felt about making the adjustment from being in Arizona. He said that things were sort of rough at first, but once two-a-days were done he got right into a pattern and it's been great for him. He wasn't homesick anymore."

Clay wasn't the only Husky that showed him the ropes. "I met Robin (Kezirian) and (Joe) Toledo," Pollak said. "I met a bunch of guys, I can't remember all their names. They were really cool to me. I thought that they would be like, 'Hey we're college players,' but they were really nice to me. They were cool."

One of the highlights of Pollak's trip was his conversation with Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel. "Actually I got to play some guitar with Coach Neuheisel," he said. "That was really cool. He showed me some of the older songs that he knows and I showed him some newer stuff. He told me that he would love for me to play for Washington."

And Mike's response? "I still need to take other trips, so that if I do go to Washington I know that it's the best place for me and I'll have no doubts in my mind," he said. "The players were really cool about it too. They never pressured me at all. They told me to do what feels good for you."

From the sounds of it, his folks enjoyed the visit as much as Mike did. "My parents were really impressed with everything up there," he said. "The facilities are wonderful and the campus is beautiful."

Washington, Arizona and Arizona State are the only standing offers for Pollak right now, and he's got an official visit set up for the first weekend in December to ASU. "I might go to Arizona the following weekend or maybe in January," he said. "I don't know yet."

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