Hartvigson realizes his dream

When he was offered by the Huskies 11 days ago, Bothell TE Michael Hartvigson said it was a 'dream come true', but he wasn't quite ready to make his decision. However, after a meeting with Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian Sunday afternoon, the talented athlete decided he'd thought about it enough and how he's realized his dream of becoming a Dawg.

"Things are absolutely great right now," an amped up Hartvigson told Dawgman.com Sunday evening. "I don't even think I'm going to sleep tonight because I'm so excited."

Hartvigson was accompanied by his mother, stepfather and brother to meet with the first-year Husky head coach and it wasn't long into their meeting that Michael decided to make his decision known.

"When I got in there coach Sark was like 'alright Michael, you've been thinking about this for a while'," Hartvigson said. "I stopped him right there and said 'dude, I want to be a Dawg!'

"After that it was all really exciting. We went out and talked with all the coaches and they were chest-bumping me and congratulating me and my family and stuff. It was just amazing and really fun."

Once his commitment was made, Hartvigson said that is when the offensive and defensive coaches starting to argue over who gets him once he arrives on campus.

"Coach (Nick) Holt came up to me and was saying he'd love me on his side and then coach Sark was saying he thought I could be a great tight end," Hartvigson said. "I'm fine with either side of the ball honestly. I mean, I would love to catch touchdown passes, but I've been playing defense since I was a little kid so I love sacking quarterbacks too.

"All I can say is, this is unbelievable. So many kids don't get to realize their dreams and I'm lucky enough to be able to have mine come true. I feel really blessed."

As a junior in 2008, Hartvigson had four touchdowns receiving for Bothell, along with six sacks and 45 tackles on defense while earning Kingco 4A first-team all-league honors on defense and second-team honors on offense.

Hartvigson turned down offers from Oregon State, Boise State and Washington State to commit to Washington.

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