RJ Willing trip report

RJ Willing is a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha and RJ flew to the mainland this weekend to Seattle to officially visit the University of Washington. RJ gave the school and town high marks and hinted that the Huskies just might be the team to beat for his services.

"It was really nice up there," Willing told Dawgman.com Sunday night. "The weather up there was perfect. It rained on Saturday, but when I got there on Friday it was nice and sunny. It was better than what I thought it was going to be."

Brandon Ala and Donny Mateaki shared hosting duties and both of them impressed upon RJ just how big the Polynesian community in Seattle is. "When I went on my visit to Oregon they had just finished finals, so it was a bit of a ghost town and not much to do," he said. "But in Seattle there's always something to do. And there's a lot of people from Hawaii that live there and it was fun hanging out with all the Polynesian players on the team. I don't know his given name, but 'Cisco (Francisco Tipoti) was a lot of fun to hang out with.

"Brandon and Donny told me that it's a pretty drastic change in weather but after a couple of weeks you get used to it right away."

Willing mentioned the trip to the Space Needle and also a visit to the roof of Husky Stadium as highlights. "Being on the roof of the stadium was interesting when you looked down," he said. "It definitely gave you a different perspective."

RJ is interested in architecture for a major. "I talked to the department head and she said that it would be difficult for me because the major is so time consuming," he said. "But she told me that they would help me to work it out."

Brent Myers sat down with RJ to give him an idea of what the OL does at UW. "He told me that this year's offense threw the ball a lot, which isn't what Washington usually does," Willing said. "Coach Myers told me that they are trying to go to a more balanced offense with more running, and that's where I fit in. They really like my footwork, my balance and how I stay low to the ground."

RJ also mentioned his conversation with Head Coach Rick Neuheisel. "I really like him a lot, he's a funny guy," he said. "He talked to me about coming to Washington and he really wants me there. He said Seattle would be the perfect place for me to be."

Was Neuheisel convincing enough for Willing to pounce on his scholarship offer? "I plan on going on all my trips before I make a decision," he said. He'll visit BYU (1/17), Utah (1/24) and Hawaii (1/31) before that decision comes down.

But RJ did leave Husky fans this nugget. "I'd have to give my visit a 10," he said. "Washington is looking really good to me right now." Neal Zoumboukos from Oregon will visit Willing in-home Wednesday and Myers will visit Thursday. BYU's offensive line coach will visit the week after his official visit to Provo.

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