Trip Report - Alejandro Maldonado

There was some confusion when Colton (Ca.) K Alejandro Maldonado decided to commit to the Huskies. After a week or two of back and forth, he finally decided to make it official and firmed up his commitment to Washington and this weekend he got to see the campus and the program up close for the first time.

"Oh man, it was all I thought it would be a a lot more actually," Maldonado told Sunday evening. "I got to meet with the coaches and the players.

"Will Mahan was my host and I got to meet with Erik Folk. Both of them are great guys and I know I'll have to come and compete for time, but that's what I've got my eye on so that's what I'm focused on."

When Maldonado, who doubled as both a punter and placekicker this fall, met with the coaching staff they were adamant about him coming in ready to be their kickoff guy.

"Obviously, I want to be the placekicker if I'm better, but they said they want me to be their kickoff guy this next year," Maldonado said. "They want me to come in ready to play so I can compete and then we'll see what happens."

Maldonado said the highlight of his trip was the Apple Cup, a 30-0 whipping of Washington State.

"Being down on the sidelines was great, but it was when we were in the stands that it was off the hook," Maldonado said. "The fans up there, they are real Dawg fans, that's for sure. I loved how into the game they were and I think they really pumped up the players and the coaches too."

Maldonado said Washington made quite the impression on him and he's hoping his teammate, Derrick Malone, will follow him north.

"I'm not going to put pressure on him or anything like that, but if Washington is the place for him that would be great," Maldonado said. "He'll make the best decision for him, but I know he liked his visit."

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