Seely gets closer to reaching his goal

It's been a while since we've been able to catch up with Kamiak (Mukilteo, Wa.) LB Marcel Seely and it's been a busy summer while he still recovers from a left knee injury suffered last August. After taking in a day of Washington's camp and working out with his teammates all summer, the hard-hitting linebacker prospect from is ready to show everyone he's back fully from his injury.

"The Washington camp went really well for me," Seely told recently. "I really had fun up there and I got to meet the coaches and talk with them a little bit and I ran through everything but the contact stuff which was only a few things, so I ran through most of it and I felt like I did pretty well."

Seely is a player who, entering his junior year in 2007, was considered one of the rising stars along the west coast, but after suffering two torn ligaments in his left knee, he's still waiting on his first offer.

"I know all the schools recruiting me want to see me play a few games to see how I've recovered so I know what I have ahead of me," Seely noted. "I mean, if I was in the same situation as they are, I would want to see how I've recovered too, so I have no problem with it."

Washington has been joined by Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and Idaho among others in recruiting the hard-hitting defender.

As a sophomore in 2006 Seely started every game and totaled over 70 tackles and four forced fumbles while helping to lead Kamiak to the state playoffs.

"I'm back to about 205 pounds because I had lost about 30 pounds due to having an allergic reaction to the medication they had me on," Seely said. "I'm hoping to get back to 215 before the season, but with all the work I've been putting in with my team and all the rehab work, it's tough to keep weight on.

"My knee is about 90% right now and I know from talking to a bunch of guys who have had the injury themselves that it will pretty much be about getting that first hit out of the way and saying ‘ok, that hurt, but I'm ok' and then once you start gaining confidence in it, that's when you can really start to get back into playing without thinking about it."

Seely and his teammates will continue their offseason work for the next few weeks and then begin two-a-days on August 18th.

We'll continue to check in with Seely throughout the season to see how things progress on both the recruiting and recovery fronts.

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