Kovalcheck almost pulls trigger?

Richard Kovalcheck is a 6-3, 205-pound quarterback prospect from San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, and Richard went up to Washington this weekend to see the Huskies take on the Oregon State Beavers. With his parents with him, he got the full-meal deal, checking out the school and the football program, and he came back impressed. Impressed enough to make a commitment? Not so fast my friends...

"I was thinking about it, but I wasn't sure if I'm their number one guy," Kovalcheck told Dawgman.com tonight. Head Coach Rick Neuheisel was certainly busy this weekend, getting his team prepared for an eventual 41-29 win over the Beavers. Unfortunately for Kovalcheck, he didn't get enough face time with the main man to know exactly where he stands. "It was a great visit," he said. "I'd give it an 8 out of 10, but it would have been better if I had had more contact with Coach Neuheisel. Coach (Steve) Axman came out to breakfast, so that was nice."

Offensive line coach Brent Myers is also recruiting Kovalcheck hard for the Huskies. "I talked to Coach Myers all the time," he said. "We just talked about the school and other schools. They were cool about everything. They weren't pressuring me at all. They were pretty laid-back."

Ben Bandel was Kovalcheck's host. "I just talked to him and all the guys," Richard said. "The freshman class, they think they've got something special going on up there." He also talked to Scott White, Stanley Daniels, Clay Walker and Robin Kezirian. He's comfortable hanging out with the big uglies. "I'm bigger than my linemen at school."

Richard and his parents were certainly impressed by the game-day atmosphere, but it was their conversation with Stan Chernicoff that really got their attention. "He made everything sound really good," Kovalcheck said. "He's really into the players as students. The strength coach (Pete Kaligis) was also really nice."

The trip to Washington was Richard's third official one; the other two were to Notre Dame and Colorado. "Seattle was definitely different than the other visits," he said. "It was a lot more like what I'm used to, with all the water and being on the West Coast and also being in a bigger city." Kovalcheck did get a chance to hit one of the recruit's favorite hot spots during his visit - the Metropolitan Grill.

There's one more trip Kovalcheck expects to take before sitting down and coming to a decision. "I think I'll visit Tennessee," he said, although he doesn't have a date set yet. The Volunteers have offered. "The coaches seem cool, but I don't know much about them so that's why I would want to take a visit."

There's just one thing that might change those plans. If Coach Neuheisel calls in the meantime and tells Richard he's Washington's number one QB, would that be what he needs to hear? "If I found that out I would think about it hard, no question," he said.

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