Trip Report - Ben Riva

He was one of the earliest commits in Washington's near-completed 2010 class, but that didn't stop schools from the Pac 10 and other conferences from letting it be known if he wanted to give them a look they were serious about pursuing him. However, O'Dea OT Ben Riva made it known he was happy to be a Dawg and this weekend he took his official visit...

"It was a real good visit," Riva told Dawgman.com Sunday after he returned home. "I spent a lot of time with all of the other linemen on the visit -- Colin (Porter) and (Erik) Kohler -- and their hosts.

"We just spent a lot of time getting to know each other and getting comfortable."

That bonding included a 1:30 AM showing of the movie AVATAR at the Northgate IMAX theater early this morning.

"That was really cool," Riva said. "It was just all of us linemen and we went up and saw the movie. Those theaters were really cool and it was in 3D so it was worth (staying up late)."

Riva's host on his visit was Cody Habben, a player he has watched the past two years while attending Husky practices and games.

"I had already sorta met him and talked with him before," Riva said. "We didn't actually talk a lot about football. It was mostly just stuff like getting to know each other better and we talked a little bit about the coaches and especially coach (Dan) Cozzetto.

"He said coach Cozzetto is really intense, but he's funny in meetings and he's a really good coach with a lot of experience."

Riva said the highlight of the weekend was getting to know the rest of the players and bonding with his fellow recruits.

"It was really cool just hanging out and meeting everyone," Riva said. "I'm going to room with Kohler so that will be cool and we are all going to be teammates so it helps that we all have friendships with each other."

Riva said he's just been lifting and working out and he measured in at "just under 6'7" and weighed in at 280 pounds.

He will take part in track this spring, participating in the discus and the shot-put.

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