September 14, 2008

Huskies Get a Good One for 2010

The University of Washington got a great start on the 2010 recruiting class Saturday night, when O'Dea High School's Zach Fogerson committed to the Huskies following the game against Oklahoma. Fogerson's commitment gave the Huskies a positive on a rather disappointing night.

"I went up to [Head Coach Tyrone] Willingham's office and told him I wanted to be a Husky," said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect. "He said that it made his night. He was very excited about it, he put his arms in the air."

Despite the lopsided loss to the Sooners, Fogerson enjoyed his trip to Husky Stadium - his second this year and sixth in the past two seasons.

"It was fun, all of their games are always fun. Even though they lost, it was fun being there. I love that stadium," expressed Fogerson. "It didn't actually hit me that I committed until we all went out to eat. I was sitting there and said 'this feels really good right now'. It's just great right now, I'm excited about my future at Washington."

Fogerson chose the Huskies over an offer from Nebraska. Fogerson is also receiving heavy interest from Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA. Fogerson was offered by Washington as a fullback, but the possibility of playing linebacker is not out of the question. Fogerson isn't O'Dea's starting linebacker, but that doesn't mean he's not good, as he's currently behind 2009 Boise State commit Allen Mooney.

"I like offense the most, because I don't really play defense. But my senior year, I'll be a starter on offense and defense," said Fogerson. "Defense feels more natural, knowing that it's just using pure instinct. I'm a good fit for playing linebacker."

Fogerson chose the Huskies for a variety of reasons, including offensive scheme, coaching, playing time and atmosphere.

"I like all of the coaches, they're real cool. They're offense fits a fullback perfectly. Coach [Steve] Gervais was saying how they could actually use more of a running fullback. Luke [Kravitz] is going to be gone after this year and Paul [Homer] is going to be gone after next year, so he was saying I'll get a whole lot of playing time," explained Fogerson. "The team is just great and I'm starting to like all of these guys. I got to talk to Chris Polk, and he's real nice. Washington's atmosphere is just great, and I want to be a part of that."

Fogerson's older brother, Johri Fogerson, is a true freshman for the Huskies. Johri was recruited to Washington as a running back, but made the switch to safety less than two weeks ago. Despite not having the advantage of participating in Fall camp as a safety, Johri not only earned his first playing time against Oklahoma, but started as well.

"At the start of the game, I was very nervous. But when I saw him hit their tailback - he blasted him - I said 'Johri's ready'. After that, I was excited for him," expressed Fogerson. "Johri being there played a lot into my decision, because me and him have been tight since forever."

Fogerson and O'Dea opened the season last week with a close 14-13 win over Capital, a game that saw Fogerson rush for 92 yards on only 10 carries.

"It didn't surprise me that the game was that close," said Fogerson. "When we played them last year and we beat them 49-3, they had a bunch of sophomores and juniors, so we knew they had a real good team coming back. I'm guessing they had that loss on their minds all summer, so they came out with fire."

This past week, the Fighting Irish notched their second win of the season over Centennial (Coquitlan, B.C.), but unfortunately Fogerson hurt his ankle.

"We won 41-14, but I was out on the second play of the game, because I hurt my ankle. To tell you the truth, I don't really know what the injury is, it's just really swollen and bruised," explained Fogerson. "The coaches aren't sure if I'm going to play this week, but I'll for sure be back next week."

Barely into his junior season, Fogerson's commitment marks the earliest ever for the Huskies.

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