Trip Report: Johri Fogerson

SEATTLE - The Washington State Player of the Year is not going to have to go far to college. Johri Fogerson, a 6-foot-1.5, 208-pound athlete from O'dea High School in Seattle will be heading about five minutes north on I-5 to Washington starting next fall. That's the biggest reason for his decision - proximity to home.

He took his official visit to his future college this weekend, and this is what he had to say about the experience.

"I just got home. It was a great experience," Fogerson told Scout. "Just all the guys I was with and hung out with...they were real great. They showed me what U-Dub is all about and how the football team is real close to each other and how everybody knows everybody at the school. Everybody trusts each other on the team. That was good to see. All the players on the team already expect big things from us, so that was good to know."

Former Irish RB/DB Quinton Richardson was Johri's host. "He (Richardson) told me that I need to keep my work ethic, because everyone from O'dea works really hard when they make it to the next level," Fogerson said. "He said to make sure to stay on everyone's good side, because everybody is a superfreak of nature when you get up to this level."

Fogerson added that the 'whole team' was great, but singled out Mason Foster, Victor Aiyewa, Nate Williams and Brandon Yakaboski as guys that stood out. "Those guys are all funny," he said with a chuckle.

Even though Fogerson knows a lot about his future home, he still learned a thing or two during his visit. "I didn't know the indoor facility had that many features," he said, citing an example. "They have a stereo system that they can use to simulate a crowd, so you can get used to hostile environments."

Because Fogerson will start out on offense for the Huskies, he'll need to get accustomed to playing in front of a lot of noise. "They expect me to be a big-time running back for them, help them carry the load with the other backs they have out there," he said. He finished the season with 2,545 yards and 36 TD's running the ball, including a 297-yard effort in the 3A state title game against Skyline.

Fogerson gave his visit a '9' on a scale from 1 to 10. "I'm a Dawg all the way," he said. "I'm sticking with U-Dub, and we're just counting down to February 6th." He added that schools like Virginia Tech and Louisville still wanted to talk with him, but he wanted to stay close. "That was the main reason, staying close and being able to see my family whenever I want," added Fogerson.

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