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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

March 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Matt Tuiasosopo hopeful for Huskies

As some of you may know, I’m actually spending much of this week at spring training covering the Mariners, filling in for a few days for Geoff Baker.
But I just couldn’t resist looking for a college football angle, so I sought out Matt Tuiasosopo the other day for an interview. The result was this story.
As I’m sure you’ll all recall, Tuiasosopo signed in 2004 to play QB for the Huskies, one of the prized catches in what was the only full recruiting class for coach Keith Gilbertson.
It was known at the time that he might turn to baseball — here’s the story from the night he committed where he said he’d have to make a decision based on where he got drafted.
When UW got a commitment from Tuiasosopo, the Huskies stopped recruiting other QBs, including the likes of Patrick Cowan, who ended up starting at UCLA for a while.
That Tuiasosopo turned to baseball is one reason the Class of 2004 unraveled.
He told me this week that he didn’t really think he was going to play baseball until after signing day, in March, when the baseball season began. He noted he’d been a baseball player a lot longer and just seemed to like the sport more.
He also said that despite some rumors that bubbled from time-to-time, he has never considered going back to UW to play. He said he decided it was “sink or swim” with baseball. Now that he’s seen time in the Majors and is now on the 40-man roster, it’s not een something worth considering.
Tuiasosopo, however, said he still closely follows the Huskies — cousin Trenton is still on the team — and he said he likes the hire of Steve Sarkisian. He said Sarkisian was the point man when USC recruited him that year, as well — USC was one of his three finalists.
“He’s going to be great,” Tuiasosopo said. “I think we are taking the right steps and moving in the right direction. … They have a lot of passion at USC and you can tell with he way they interact with their guys and get them motivated to play and fired up. I think he already has the players there (at UW) fired up and ready to go. So I’m excited for them.”

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