January 17, 2010

Porter excited about UW's future

Bothell High School's Colin Porter was literally a big target for the Huskies. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive guard committed to Washington over offers from Stanford and Washington State and figures prominently into the Dawg's future in the trenches. He was on campus this weekend for a visit to his future home and enjoyed every minute of the trip.

"It went really good," Porter said of the visit. "We ate so much food which is what you do on visits. But the best part was hanging out with all of the recruits and getting to know my hosts. Right away I met up with Ben Riva and Erik Kohler and later I hung out a bunch with Nick Montana and also Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben and Drew Schaefer. I also got to meet Jake Locker and that was great. That was really the highlight of the trip, getting to meet all of my future teammates and getting to see the campus."

Porter, Riva, and Kohler are all names Husky fans should remember. The trio along with Micah Hatchie, Michael Criste, and Colin Tanigawa form an incredible group of offensive lineman Washington can build around.

"We really started to bond right away in the lobby when we first got there," said Porter. "It was just natural the way we clicked. It's important to mesh with your future teammates and really get along, especially for the offensive lineman.

We talked about the future a bit at the start, but it was mostly just about having fun until we met up with coach [Dan] Cozzetto. He really talked about the future and how good we can be as a unit. He told us we need to be ready to play next season because we are always just one play away from getting in there. Plus he said we will all have a chance to come in and compete for a starting job. He just told us we really need to be ready to play because he can see all three of us playing next season."

Porter is one piece to a Husky 2010 recruiting class ranked among the best in the country. But he knows that ratings along won't win football games on Saturdays.

"IN the end ratings don't matter much if we don't perform," he explained. "But we know we are a good group of players and that we can get it done if we put in the work. We talked about the possibilities of winning a Pac-10 championship and going to a Rose Bowl, that is our goal."

Washington landed a couple more talented players to add to their stellar 2010 class over the weekend and Porter said that whole experience was memorable.

"We were all at the Crab Pot for dinner when coach Sarkisian walked in with Hau'oli Jamora under his arm. Then he announced he was going to be a Husky and we all cheered. Later on I was outside with the some of the offensive lineman when coach Sark came out and gave us a thumbs up and told us to come inside. He was having a one-on-one meeting with Gregory Ducre and when they were done he announced there was another Husky. It was really excited."

Now Porter turns his attention to getting ready for his freshman season.

"I am already working out a lot right now," said Porter. "I'm running and once I get my packet from UW telling me what they require from me I will be working out five to six days a week."

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