Briggs high on the Huskies

One of the top running backs in the state of California that has seen his stock soar this spring is Birmingham (Van Nuys, Ca.) RB Trajuan Briggs and recently the Washington Huskies got in the mix with an offer and he said they have vaulted their way near the top of his list and he said he's hoping to visit them sometime in the future...

Briggs was a standout for Birmingham last year, managing to post 1,513 yards on 173 carries (8.75 yards per carry) and 23 touchdowns against some of the top competition in the Golden State.

"We were always playing against great teams," Briggs told on Monday night. "Taft, Valencia, Crespi and Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) were all on our schedule so we were facing talented guys every week."

Briggs carries 195 pounds on his 5-11 frame and he said teams see him as a player who could be a big back at the next level, but he also possesses 4.5 speed and with his quickness he said he can fit into whatever role a school wants him to play.

"I can be physical and run between the tackles, but I have enough speed to get outside," Briggs said. "I'll do whatever it takes to win. I'll block, I'll catch it, I'll be whatever a team needs me to be."

Briggs sports offers from California, Pittsburgh and Washington State and recently he picked up an offer from Washington.

"Coach (Jimmie) Dougherty and I were talking and he told me they loved my film and that I was going to get an offer from them," Briggs said. "He said he really likes what I can do and what I can bring to the offense they are installing up there.

"He told me a lot about the school and the history of it and what a great program they have. They were in the Rose Bowl back in 2000 and besides USC, they have always been at the top of the Pac 10 so last year's record isn't something I'm worried about because they have more talent than what their record was."

Cal already got a visit from the talented runner and he said they hold his top spot, but he likes the Huskies quite a bit as well.

"Cal is at the top right now, but that's because I've been up there to visit them," Briggs said. "They were all about the academics and the program as a whole. It honestly wasn't really about football that much, which made my mom happy because she wanted to talk about the other stuff.

"Washington is a great school and I really want to get up there to check things out. I might try and get up there in the summer, but if I can't I'm definitely going to take an official visit there so I can see what they have to offer."

On the academic front, Briggs recently got good news so he said he's going to speed up his decision-making process a bit.

"I just found out that I'm eligible for early graduation so I'm going to decide before Christmas," Briggs said. "I was going to wait until January and take all my visits, but now I'm going to have to do all that during my season and then I will give a little Christmas gift to myself by making my decision and signing so I can be at my new school in January."

We'll continue to track Briggs' progress and update news as things change.

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