The UW had a really big Junior Day event this past weekend. They went after every major talent in the Region looking to make an impression on their new facilities, the Husky Stadium project, and the fact they offer a unique Academic package. They sure seemed to have left their impressions on many of the Northwest's top kids.
Two of the best in Oregon walked out of that event with an offer to play for the UW. And they both had a powerful impression of this program on the rise.
Gaining those offers were Jesuit High School's Henry Mondeaux and Joey Alfieri. We spoke to both of these talented guys and gained some insight into how they were feeling. Both of these guys came into the event with offers from Oregon State and other schools.
Joey Alfieri - 6'3"- 230 lbs - Linebacker - Athlete- Jesuit High School
Joey came in with an offer from PSU where his father Phil played before moving on to the NFL. So we wondered how he would respond to being in the Dawg house and gaining an offer from them.
Alfieri: The visit went really well. Ii learned so much about UW that I did not know. The new stadium is unreal and should be done by early August which is exciting and makes me want to go see a game up their next season.
The coaching staff is all so energetic and have so much experiencing in both playing the game at high levels and coaching. Coach Sirmon, the LB's coach, played seven years in the NFL and has coached at other top schools like Tennesse which is very cool.
Overall the visit went well and I'm excited to build more of a relationship with the coaching staff at UW.
Joey told us that he is going to be following up with the UW for sure. With his recruitment taking off and his freakish skill set he is going to have a shot at going National as a recruit and gaining offers from all over the Nation. There is no school that he can not obtain interest from at this point so an Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas, USC, sort of a recruitment is more then likely. The questions will be more about academic fit and how close to home this NW Gem wants to stay!
Henry Mondeaux- 6'4"- 250 lbs- Linebacker Tight End Jesuit High School
Henry is a terrific 2 way talent. He has soft hands and can catch and finish plays. He has been used as a running back and fly sweeper, a lead blocker, and he is a fantastic linebacker. As he gets thicker it is likely he will move up to the D-End spot but this is a pure athlete who wowed fans in the 2012 Campaign. A terrific student we caught up to him for his take on the UW visit and offer.
Mondeaux: I went down to Jr. Day because the TE coach invited me. After the tour of campus I met with the Head Coach and my dad and he told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship.
They are not entirely sure but most likely tight end!
What stood out to him?
The academics really stood out to me, also I really got the sense that the coaches cared about developing young men not just football players. I am Very interested!
It was no doubt a great day for the Oregon boys and all the kids in attendance were wowed at what is happening at the UW. We remember hearing from Husky staff that over a Decade ago UW boosters scoffed at the idea that the Ducks could build a world class facility and gain a Championship team from it.
Now the Dawgs are nearing a completion of a Football Stadium and complex that will rival that of Oregon. With the staff there at UW, the recruits in the system, and kids they are going after like these two it sure looks like the power in the Pac 12 may be tipping back towards Seattle. Time will certainly tell.