January 16, 2010

2011 speedster picks the Dawgs

In the midst of wrapping up one of Washington's most successful recruiting classes ever, Husky coaches got some good news regarding their 2011 class. Fresno speedster Brendon Bigelow is on the radar of some of the top programs in the nation, but when UW came calling it didn't take the RB/WR long to make up his mind.

"Brendon committed to the Huskies yesterday morning," said Central East head coach Casey Quinn. "Coach [Jeff] Mills called me Thursday night and said they the whole staff was impressed with his videos and they wanted to offer him a scholarship. They wanted Brendon to call them in the morning and he did. We really went over all the pros and cons but in the end it was one of his high interest teams and it felt right for him.

Also, his mom lives in Seattle and he's comfortable with the area. He built a good relationship with coach Mills in his time talking with him and was impressed with the other Husky coaches. He also did his research on the school and liked what Steve Sarkisian is building. Sarkisian has coached guys like Reggie Bush and put a lot of players into the pros. He also has a great class coming in for 2010 and by the time Brendon is ready to play UW will be one of the top teams in the Pac-10."

It's easy to see why Washington coaches are so impressed with Bigelow. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound playmaker is one of the fastest athletes in California. His 10.62 100-meter time as a freshman set a Central Section record for his grade. The next year he was the fastest sophomore in the state, recording a a 10.57 time at the Division I North Area Championships.

He's also been timed at a legitimate 4.41 forty-yard dash at a combine, and unlike most crossover athletes has the toughness to translate that speed on the football field, As a junior he averaged over 11 yards per carry and a touchdown every six touches. He finished the season with 1,327 total yards and 17 touchdowns, helping his Grizzlies to a 7-4 record.

"He's a dynamic and exciting players to watch," explain coach Quinn. He's fast in the open field and no one can catch him. He's also a good scat-back with quick feel. But he's not just fast and plays very physical. He's not always going to run around you and will also run through and over you.

We run a zone blocking system and he's patient with the ball between the tackles and on stretch plays to the outside he shows that patients while letting his blocks set up. Brendon can also play receiver and we line him up in the slot and work the middle and also on the outside and run screens to him. He reminds me of Reggie Bush with his skill set."

The only knock on Bigelow is that he's recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the second round of the playoffs last season. But with skills like his, it's a risk worth taking for the Huskies.

"He's coming off an ACL injury and for him to still get a big time offer like this meant a lot for him," said Quinn. "He respects that and it shows just how committed Washington is to him."

Washington isn't done putting together a stellar 2010 class and they are already off to a hot start in 2011.

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