Loyalty goes a long way with Bigelow

Washington got off to a fast start back in January when Central (Fresno, Ca.) RB Brendan Bigelow, a speedster with both toughness and vision decided to end things early and commit to the Dawgs. Since then, he's been offered by two more Pac 10 schools, but after speaking to him recently, he was adamant that he is still firmly committed to the Huskies…

As a junior last fall, Bigelow posted 1,000 yards rushing on 87 carries for a robust 11.49 yard per carry average and had 14 touchdowns, however he blew out his knee in the second round of the playoffs and had surgery just after the beginning of the year.

"Things are going great right now," Bigelow told Dawgman.com. "My knee is really healing up quickly and the doctors said they are amazed at my progress. I don't use a brace and I'm walking without a limp. They said I can start jogging by the end of April, but I just have to keep going at my own pace so I don't do anything to set myself back."

Because of his injury, schools from all over hesitated on offering him, but still managed to get film and express enough interest to show the Bigelow would be one of the top recruits on the west coast this year. Washington didn't have any qualms about offering early and because they showed him that loyalty, the talented back decided to commit to them and he said now it's time for him to show them loyalty.

"Right now Cal and USC are the only other offers right now, but schools from all over are recruiting me," Bigelow said. "Florida, Texas A&M, Stanford – I mean, you name the school and I've probably heard from them.

"Washington offered me early. They weren't scared off by my injury and they showed me how much they wanted me. I feel real comfortable with them and I'm 100% committed to them."

Bigelow hopes to make the trek north next month to watch one or two of Washington's spring practices and while in town he'll stay with his mom and eat her home cooked chicken.

"When she found out I committed to them, she was excited," Bigelow said. "She said ‘now I can make you chicken all the time' and I was like ‘I can't wait'.

"She and I are close. We have a great relationship so it's all a matter of just working out the details so I can go up there to visit them and so that I can see the school and the campus and really get to know the coaches on a more personal level."

Bigelow said he speaks or emails coach (Jeff) Mills, the coach responsible for recruiting him, at least once a week and the two have formed a nice bond.

"He's real cool and good to talk to," Bigelow said. "He just talks to me about my recovery and football and school. We talk about my family and stuff. I have a great relationship with him.

"I haven't talked to coach (Joel) Thomas since I first committed, so I really need to call him since he can't really call me. I'll talk to him again soon though."

Bigelow said he doesn't plan to take part in any camps this summer as he continues to rehab from his injury, but may attend some to support some friends and teammates as they go through the recruiting process as well.

We'll have more from Bigelow in the future after he visits the Washington campus to get his thoughts on things.

Until then, here's his latest highlight video to tide you over.

Brendon Bigelow Scout Profile

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