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March 4, 2007 at 9:31 PM

Kelemete kicks off Class of 2008

The Huskies have their first commitment for the Class of 2008 — and it’s the earliest known commit in school history.
Senio Kelemete, a 6-4, 255-pound lineman from Evergreen High gave a commitment to UW coaches Sunday, said his high school coach, Shaun Tarantola.
“He always wanted to be a Husky so he decided to make the commitment and get everything done with,” Tarantola said. Here is his Scout.com profile.
Emeka Iweka of Rainier Beach, who signed with UW last February, was the previously earliest known commit when he gave the word last March 20.
Kelemete was named to the All-Seamount League First Team last fall as a junior as both a defensive end and an offensive tackle. He could play either side of the ball for UW. Kelemete visited UW for Junior Day on Saturday and was offered a scholarship and told Husky coaches of his decision Sunday, Tarantola said.
Tarantola said Kelemete has two younger brothers and wanted to stay close to home.
“I was pretty surprised that he didn’t even want to experience that (recruiting),” Tarantola said. “But he didn’t. He’s a guy who would have gotten a bunch of trips. I’m pretty sure he was going to have a lot of offers going his way.”
Tarantola said he could see Kelemete eventually growing to be able to play center or guard on offense or anywhere on the defensive line.
“He’s a phenomenal player,” Tarantola said. “He’s got so much potential. He just started playing football in the ninth grade. He hasn’t fully grown into his body yet — he’s going to gain a lot of weight. But he’s a great athlete who can run, catch and block.”
Tarantola said Kelemete had never wrestled before this year but made it to state, losing in the first round of the Class 3A 285-pound division.
“That just shows what kind of athlete he is,” Tarantola said.

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