Trip Report - Talia Crichton

Lakewood (Calif.) DE Talia Crichton knew he was going to Washington before he took his official visit this past weekend, but his trip to Seattle sealed the deal. Here's what Crichton, a 6-foot-4, 236-pound defensive end prospect, had to say about his visit.

"My trip was just great," he said. "I enjoyed it. We went on tours and they showed us around. We ate a lot!" It was a bit ironic that Crichton was talking about food while enjoying lunch with his family. "I didn't get to eat on the plane, so I haven't had lunch yet," he said with a laugh.

Freshman DT Senio Kelemete was Crichton's host. "He was great," Crichton said of Kelemete. "He talked about how much he likes it and he gave me a lot of feedback to my questions. He also took me around to a couple of the parties there."

The highlight of his trip is one that has been a consistent theme with all the prospects that visited UW this past weekend - their Husky Stadium experience. "All the players were in the locker room," he said. "It was pretty hyped in there. And all the recruits got to put jerseys on. And then we were doing this chant and it was all foggy in the tunnel when we ran out onto the field. That was definitely the highlight."

First-year Head Coach Steve Sarkisian told Crichton that they would like to start him out as a weakside defensive end, but his message was more about off the field issues. "He told me about my grades, because I'm on the borderline - but I'm fine," he said. "He also told me to stay out of trouble." He added that he'll be continuously working out until summer, when he's set to join his new teammates in Seattle.

Besides himself, Crichton mentioned that he believed Jeremiah Tofaeono may have committed to Washington, as well as Chris Robinson, a defensive tackle from Tustin, and also James Johnson, a receiver from the San Diego area. There were a few players on campus already committed to other schools, and Crichton felt compelled to help the UW coaching staff recruit them to Montlake.

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