Macklin to Washington

Chad Macklin is a 6-8, 270-pound tackle prospect from Visalia (Calif.) Golden West, and this is the weekend Chad had been waiting for ever since it had been set up. He had been to Pullman and Evanston, Illinois recently to check out colleges, but Seattle was the one that piqued his interest the most. So to him, when everything started falling into place, he knew the decision had been made - he was going to be a Husky.

"I committed then Saturday night and called my parents to let them know," Chad told "They kind of knew all along that this was the trip I was shooting for, and it all worked out. There wasn't one highlight. The whole trip was a highlight."

It didn't start out that way, however. "My plane flight got cancelled, so I was late getting there and missed out on going to the Space Needle," Chad said. "But everything else was great. I got to tour the campus, which was really nice. We were in golf carts. It was pretty neat. And then we watched practice in their indoor facility. I got to watch the coaches and their coaching style, something that was really important for me to see."

Rob Kezirian was Chad's host. "He just told me how he really likes playing up there," Macklin said. "We got a chance to see all the facilities and the campus and the admissions people and the academic advisors."

Macklin confirmed he got all his questions answered, and then some. "My whole life is about sports," he said. "And it's my dream to always be around sports. Even if I don't make it to the league I want to around it. So I've looked at Sports Medicine and Sports Management. They have those things at Washington. But I think I'm going to get my Business degree first."

Brent Myers gave Chad some insight as to what to expect when he hits campus next fall. "He told me that they want me as a backside tackle," he said. "He said they really like my long arms, lanky build and quick feet. He said that I should be able to handle the rush on the outside. He showed me some of the things they do, like the zone offense. I actually picked it up pretty quickly. Once you learn the basics of it, it doesn't look like it will be too tough to handle."

He gave his WSU visit a '7', but the UW visit blew him out of the water. "It was a '10', easy," Chad said. "I do have another visit scheduled for Oregon State, but I'll be cancelling that."

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