Cisneros hauls in Husky offer

With the recruiting process getting underway earlier and earlier, players can fly under-the-radar even with big senior years. This year, in the state of Washington, one of the sleepers to impress coaches at some of the Northwest Pac 10 schools has been Sumner (Wa.) OL Grant Cisneros and he recently got some good news when the Washington Huskies sent him an offer.

"(Washington) offered me a couple of weeks ago," Cisneros told on Monday night. "Coach (Charlie) Baggett has been recruiting me for them and he kept talking to me in the summer and letting me know they liked me and that they were probably going to offer me, but nothing really happened.

"Then a couple of weeks ago, he called me and he sorta hinted that they were going to offer me. Then the next day I got a call from the office that I had something waiting for me and when I went down they had faxed my offer over to me.

"Even though I pretty much knew it was coming, I was still in shock over it. It was a real honor to get it."

Cisneros said he thought about possibly committing on the spot, but eventually cooler heads prevailed and now he's probably going to wait until the end of the season.

"I almost committed, but then I talked to my coaches and my parents and really, it's just best for me to wait a while," Cisneros admitted. "Washington State and Oregon have both told me with a good senior year, I will probably get offered by them as well, so I'm going to wait a little while."

Cisneros camped at Washington this past summer and said the coaches told him they liked him a lot as a tight end.

"They're recruiting me as a tackle and a tight end," Cisneros said. "Coach Baggett said they like the fact they can use me as a sixth blocker, so that is an option as well, but pretty much everyone else is recruiting me at offensive line exclusively."

Cisneros was an All-SPSL tight end and defensive lineman as a junior in 2007, but an injury to the starting right tackle forced him to move to the offensive line full time.

"Our starting tackle got hurt so the coaches came to me and said 'we need your help and as the captain of our team, can you help us out?," Cisneros recalled. "I feel like I'm a leader of the team and as a captain I'm expected to be the leader of our team. I'm not the most vocal guy, but I lead by example and that's something I took to heart.

"It was an honor to be named a captain because it was voted on by our team and 85 guys had to agree on who the captains would be, so I think that's something I needed to do to be a leader."

Sumner head coach Keith Ross said Cisneros could be the best player he's had in his 10 years with the Spartans.

"I think the thing about Grant is that he's such a great athlete and with his size, he's already 6-4.5, 280, and his upside," Ross said. "He's a really hard worker, he's got great feet because he played tight end for us and he's got unlimited potential.

"He's probably the best kid we've ever had here and we've had a couple of kids that went on to be All-Americans in college, so that's saying something."

Cisneros and his Sumner teammates will take on Franklin Pierce this Friday at home.

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