Criste firms things up during in-home visit

Late last month, Mission Viejo (Ca.) OL Michael Criste and his family hosted Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt at their house. While the two Husky coaches were sitting in his living room, Criste firmed up his commitment to the Dawgs and they discussed where he will end up and what his plans are over the next six months before he heads north to enroll at Washington...

"Sometime, a little before Christmas, coach Holt and coach Sarkisian were down here and we talked about a lot of things," Criste told Tuesday evening. "They told me what to expect and what I had to look forward to over the next few months and what steps I had to take.

"It was really cool just getting to sit down with them and to meet with them and get all of that stuff sorta straightened out."

Criste made a verbal commitment to the Huskies back in November, but had hoped to make a big announcement after his senior season was over.

"I am very excited and I was waiting for the day when I could tell everyone," Criste said in a message shortly after his commitment was made public by the OC Register. "I loved Washington on my visit. The football program and coaches are great and UW has a School of Architecture which is what I want to study.

"I got offers and interest from Arizona State, Oregon State, UNLV and Notre Dame, but (Washington) was it for me. I knew from the minute I went on my trip."

Criste spoke with Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto while on his official visit and they discussed where the veteran coach sees Criste playing.

"They said they like me outside and they like my weight right where it is, but they want me to re-proportion it when I get there," the 6-5, 290-pounder said. "Honestly, he said with their depth chart so low because they didn't take a lot of guys last year, he said there are spots open all over the place and I could play almost anywhere."

Criste throws the discus and shot-put for the Diablos' Track Team and training for that has been one of his main concerns, but he said he's also lifting and doing cardio to keep in shape for football.

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