Ta'amu has eyes on Dawg career

He was considered one of the top interior defensive linemen on the west coast, but Rainier Beach DT Alameda Ta'amu still didn't garner as much attention as many thought he deserved. He signed with the Huskies in February and after recently getting cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse he's set to focus on his Husky career just as soon as he competes in the state track championships this weekend.

"We're all heading to Pasco this weekend," Ta'amu told Dawgman.com. "We leave on Thursday and we'll be there all weekend. I'll be there for the shot."

Ta'amu claims a personal best of 57 feet in the shot put, but said this year he's topped out at 55'-7".

"I don't have the most technique, but I get it done," Ta'amu said with a laugh. "It just helps keep me in shape and it keeps me focused."

Ta'amu said he recently received his paperwork from the NCAA Clearinghouse so he's been very focused on getting himself in the best shape he can by the time he enrolls at Washington.

"I haven't been able to run because I haven't been cleared by the doctors yet, so I've just been riding the bike and doing a lot of weight stuff," Ta'amu said. "My foot is good, but I have to wait for the doctors to say I can do it."

Ta'amu said he's currently tipping the scales at 340 pounds and noted the Husky coaches have told him they want him to come in around 330, so he knows he's got some work to do.

"I'll be okay once I can start running again," Ta'amu said. "After that, I'll shed it pretty quickly.

"Coach (Chris) Tormey has talked to me a couple of times and he's just been making sure I'm all set to go. I'm coming in to play D-Tackle and they said there is plenty of competition for playing time and I have a chance to come in and play early if I'm ready to go.

"I'm just looking forward to getting up there and starting my college career. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Ta'amu expects to enroll in Washington's Summer Bridge Program on July 6th while continuing to prepare for fall camp that begins in early August.

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