Trip Report: Drew Schaefer

SEATTLE - For Drew Schaefer, there was no holding back. When the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Eastlake High in Sammamish verbally committed to Washington back in April, he did it over written offers from Stanford and Washington State. Arizona State had verbally offered, and Oregon and Oregon State were setting up to do the same.

This weekend's official visit to Washington put an end to the recruiting process for Schaefer, and any residual doubts he may have had about committing so early to the hometown school were definitely erased from his mind.

"Schools kept wanting me and calling me, but this weekend keeps me solid to U-Dub (Washington)," Schaefer told Scout.com Sunday. "I'm not even going to be talking to other schools.

"I've been there and done that, but it was good to do it one last time and be confident in my decision, which I am."

In talking with Schaefer, the biggest thing for him was getting a chance to hang with the recruits and the players already there. It was a big weekend for Washington recruiting, with well over a dozen prospects in attendance for official visits.

"Getting to finally meet them and see what they are like off the field...I felt so comfortable with those guys that it felt like I had known them for a while. I think it's good going into college knowing I have a good relationship with all of them.

"I met Cody Bruns and hung out with him and we clicked right off the bat," Schaefer said of the receiver prospect from Prosser. My host was Skyler Fancher and he was cool. Cody Bruns' host was (Ryan) Tolar, so we hung out, and (Cody) Habben was with (David) DeCastro, so we all hung out as a group the whole time. It was all good.

"We got to meet Jake (Locker), so that was good. And the whole group of linemen hung out the whole time, so that was good."

At his current height and weight, UW Head Coach Tyrone Willingham and Offensive Line Coach Mike Denbrock stressed other things to Schaefer besides size during their meetings. "One of the things they talked about was getting into the weight room and lifting," Schaefer said. "You don't have to get bigger to play college football, but stronger. They don't want me packing on the pounds. They want me flexible, strengthen my core and getting my strength numbers up. I talked to (Mike) Denbrock and he said that he wants to start me out on the left side of the line and then go from there."

So Drew Schaefer is now set on his future college decision - not that he wasn't six months ago. But now he'll be joined at Washington by an Eastlake teammate - Cory Mackay. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete verbally committed to Washington the first week of December - and just one day after receiving a scholarship offer from the Huskies.

"I'm happy for him," Schaefer said of Mackay and his decision to stay close to home. "I didn't put any pressure on him, because every man has to make the decision that's best for him. He had one hell of a senior season. He basically came from the bottom to the top in one season. Just for him to get his offer and him knowing what he wants to do - I think it's great."


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