Gaisie set to rejoin Martin at UW

Dominique Gaisie is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back prosepct from Mt. San Antonio Junior College. The sophomore from southern California spoke with Sunday, where he had some good news to share about the official visit he just took to Washington.

"I just committed yesterday," he said. "I was the first one to commit. Once I committed, everyone committed."

He broke the news to first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian during Saturday night's dinner. "I told him last night at dinner, but I knew even when I came in I saw nothing but trees and lakes, and I'm a big fan of trees," Gaisie said. "It's not like home, but I have a great feeling about it. Being downtown is just like being in LA. It's a great place with all the boats and the fishing. I'm going to do some fishing when I get back up here. It's a great place to be.

"It's a beautiful place and makes me feel like home. I think coach Sark can do some great things for this program and I believe that everything is going to change in this coming up year."

Gaisie had another reason to believe Seattle is his true second home; his future college coach was his coach at Mt. SAC. "I took a visit to BYU and New Mexico State," he said. "This was my last visit. I took this one last because I know coach Mee (Demetrice Martin), that was my DB coach at Mt. SAC. I just wanted to come up here and check this one out for my last trip and I ended up liking it and went with my gut feeling.

"BYU and New Mexico State, they were on it real tough, but I told them that I wouldn't make a decision until I took my last trip to Washington. They respected it, but they've been hawking my phone all weekend, trying to figure out what the deal is. When I get home I've got to break the bad news to them."

Gaisie admitted seeing coach Martin again was great, even if he wasn't in the colors he was accustomed to. "It was different," he said. "He's not in maroon and white anymore, so it was kind of hard to adapt to it, but purple and gold is a good thing. We are back together again. I know what I can do and he knows what he can get out of me, so it's a nice relationship I have with coach Martin. I can't wait to be coached by him again and coach (Nick) Holt."

Quinton Richardson was Gaisie's Husky host. "He (Richardson) said it was tough last year," Gaisie said of Richardson's comments. "The coaching staff wasn't as enthusiastic as this staff, so he's just excited to get started with a new coaching staff. It's going to be challenging, but fun playing in front of big crowds. That's something I've never experienced before. He was telling me it's going to be a great season and we both are going to lock it down and get the job done. He's looking forward to playing with me and I'm looking forward to working with him."

The highlight of Gaisie's trip was getting a chance to envision what it will be like to be a Husky this coming fall. "It gave me a nice picture as to what I could see myself doing at Husky field," he said. "I just had a great feeling being inside the stadium. It was a nice environment."

Washington's 86-75 win over UCLA also made a big impression on the JC DB. "The fans were crazy," Gaisie said. "I was in the student's section the whole time and it was nuts. I met a lot of people and they were all nice. They were all excited to get to see me play for this next season coming up. Everyone was nice, and I liked that. They showed a lot of hospitality.

The Huskies are recruiting Gaisie as a corner and also as a return specialist. He will have three years to play two starting this fall after he finished his AA degree in the spring.

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