January 18, 2010

Fogerson set the tone for a stellar 2010 class

O'Dea high school's Zach Fogerson always knew he wanted to be Dawg. That's why he committed to the Huskies in September of 2008 over offers from Boise State, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska and Tennessee. But the No. 6 rated fullback in the nation was even more secure about his decision when he found out Steve Sarkisian was taking the helm of Washington's program.

"Coach [Steve] Sarkisian was great at getting all of the top guys while at USC," Fogerson explained. "He knows what he want and what he wants are the best players. Being the first commit was important to me because it showed that I had faith in the program even before Sark arrived. The 2008 class was really good and all of the top in-state kids stayed home. Now Sark has brought in this class and I can tell something special is happening and UW is ready to make some noise. It was only a matter of time before Washington got back on top and that time is next season.

I was really pumped when coach Sark was hired because he was the offensive coordinator at USC and they use their fullbacks just like tail-backs," he continued. "Coming from O'Dea, I got to carry the ball and get passes out of the backfield. That is what I'm good at and that's what I will get the chance to do at UW."

Fogerson is also a talented linebacker, but it's on offense where Husky coaches want the the 6-foot-0, 225-pound playmaker.

"They want me at fullback and me and coach Thomas have a great relationship. It will be fun to get started. My goal is to play as a freshman. I really don't want to redshirt and coach Thomas said that Austin Sylvester and me would be in a real battle for the starting nod."

Fogerson is the earliest commitment in UW's history. It was a good thing for Husky nation because ever since he committed, he's been out recruiting on Washington's behalf.

"Ever since I was a sophomore I have been recruiting the local kids to UW," Fogerson explained. "The first one was Mr. [Jamaal] Kearse from Lakes. Since then we have both been going around and talking with all of the in-state kids. We all want to play in front of our home town fans, the fans that have been watching us play since seventh grade."

The sales pitch continued into this past weekend's visit to Montlake.

"It was a lot of fun to meet all of the guys from out of state, especially the Hawaii guys. But the best part of the visit was when we got the two guys to commit and become Huskies. Plus, the 15 of us on the visit really bonded and it won't be nearly as awkward when we come together this summer. Overall it was just a great time."

The two players he's speaking of are Crenshaw (Cali.) CB Gregory Ducre and Kahuku (Hawi.) DE Hau'oli Jamora.

The stellar 2010 recruiting class alone has given Fogerson and the rest of his classmates confidence in Washington's future, but that's not the only reason.

"I was a little surprised by last season's success because it was almost the same exact players that were there the season before," he explained. "Just the change in staff made such a big difference. They changed the entire attitude around the program and it shows how good our coaches really are."

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