Erik Berglund trip report

Erik Berglund verbally committed to Washington a couple of weeks ago, and really without the benefit of any first-hand knowledge about the school. Sure, he had all the literature and stories from coaches on what it was like, but there was something that needed to happen to put Erik's mind totally at ease. After his official visit to Seattle this weekend, Berglund is more excited than ever about being a Husky.

"It was great," Erik told "My parents went with me. They were really impressed with the facilities, coaches, the stadium and the academic programs they have set up for student-athletes. It was my first time really getting to know things up there and it went really well."

Robin Kezirian was Erik's host. "We just talked about the game, the speed of the game," Berglund said. "I watched their practice and it's like 10 times faster than in high school. It's more intense, in your face. They are going 100 percent all the time. It was a good feeling knowing I'll be doing that next year." He also spent some time talking with strength and conditioning coach Pete Kaligis.

Robin introduced Erik so some current Huskies, including Todd Bachert, Joe Lobendahn, Dan Milsten and Reggie Williams. Meeting Reggie was a treat for Berglund. "It was an honor to meet him," he said. "He's a really nice guy. He has no ego at all."

He also got a head start meeting some of his future teammates. "I think in the beginning all of us were a little nervous around each other, it was a little awkward," Erik said. "But then we really got to meet each other and got to hang out. It was cool."

Erik gave us the lowdown on how the Huskies see him fitting in in the years to come. "Coach (Brent) Myers said that they are recruiting me as a tackle," he said. "He said that they were really interested in me and that they are excited about seeing me progress. He said I looked really great on tape." He'll start out at strong tackle, but when Khalif Barnes and Ryan Brooks leave don't be surprised if he gets a chance on the other end of the line.

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