Trip Report: Demitrius Bronson

When Kentwood RB Demitrius Bronson committed to the University of Washington many thought he would be one of the few running backs taken in the 2008 recruiting class. However, Washington has loaded up on talented backs the past few months, but they haven't forgotten who committed to them early and they like what Bronson brings to the table and that includes his increased bulk.

"I was surprised when I saw that I weigh 215 now," Bronson said with a laugh on Sunday night following his visit to Montlake. "The coaches and I were talking about it and they said that I looked bigger and then I got on a scale and they saw that it said 215 and they were like 'man, you really have bulked up', but it's not bad weight at all because I've really been focused on working out and getting my muscle mass up.

"Normally I would be playing basketball this time of year and I would be really good on my conditioning, but I wouldn't really lift until spring, but this year I'm not playing basketball so I can just focus on lifting and getting ready for track and then for college."

Bronson was hosted by another big back, Brandon Yakaboski and the two had had a "run-in" before when Yakaboski was a senior at Mt. Si and Bronson was a junior at Kentwood.

"He didn't remember me, but I remembered him," Bronson said with a chuckle. "We raced against each other in state so I remembered him, but he didn't recognize me."

And who won that race between the two?

"I did," Bronson said laughing. "He was bigger than I was though and he pushed me, so now hopefully I can do that well since I'm getting bigger too."

When Bronson committed to the Huskies back in August, he never actually sat down and talked with head coach Tyrone Willingham either in person or by phone, so this was his first chance to make sure that the Husky head man knew he was coming to play for the Dawgs.

"He was happy that I committed and he said he's looking forward to having me play there," Bronson said. "We talked about a lot of things, like the news (referring to the Seattle Times article from this past week) and where things are at in their search for some new coaches.

"He told me the running backs coach should be hired pretty soon, probably in the next week or so, so that set my mind at ease on where things are at with that."

Bronson is still getting interest from a few schools, but he said he's not interested at this point and he's excited to sign his letter-of-intent on February 6th.

"I can't wait to be a Husky officially and then focus on what I have to do to help them win," Bronson said. "This class that I'm part of is going to be special for the Huskies and the fans will be happy because things are so close to turning the corner."

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