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January 18, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Bigelow in it for the long haul

Brendon Bigelow didn’t quite become the earliest known commit in Washington football history. But he might be able to set a record as the longest.
The running back/receiver from the Central High East campus in Fresno, Calif., committed to UW on Friday as the first member of the Class of 2011. While early — he just finished up his junior season of football — it’s a few months shy of O’Dea High fullback Zach Fogerson, who committed to UW in Sept., 2008 to sign become a member of the Class of 2010 — Fogerson will finally sign his letter-of-intent with UW next month. Fogerson, however, had a brief moment of indecision that has caused the recruiting sites to list his official commit date a little later. (And I’m not aware of anyone else who committed earlier than Bigelow aside from Fogerson).
Bigelow’s coach, Casey Quinn, said tonight that while he anticipates other schools making runs at Bigelow later — Florida, Texas A&M, Cal and Stanford were among those beginning to show interest — he doesn’t expect Bigelow to have any second thoughts.
“I’m sure some will try to come after him and Washington will have to do a good job of keeping him,” Quinn said. “But Brendon is a kid of high integrity and when he makes a commitment, he’s going to honor that commitment.”
UW was the first school to give Bigelow an offer, and the Huskies did so despite the fact that Bigelow had surgery just two weeks ago to repair an ACL injury suffered in the second round of the playoffs.
“They showed a lot of commitment in giving him an offer even after knee surgery,” Quinn said. “He just felt like ‘hey, if they are going to commit to me, I’m going to commit to them.’ And that’s how it was. That was his thought process.”
What also helped is that Bigelow’s mother recently moved to the Seattle area and he’s made a few visits up here.

“He knows the area and is real familiar with the area,” Quinn said. Quinn said he also had a good relationship with the UW assistant who handled his recruiting, safeties coach Jeff Mills.
Quinn, though, said he thinks it’s likely Bigelow will be an offensive player for the Huskies, saying “he’s definitely a guy you can line up as a running back and has the skills enough to be a slot receiver and go out and catch the football in the open field. … He’s very versatile. He’s kind of like that Percy Harvin-Reggie Bush-type. That’s how we try to use him.”
Bigelow has run a 10.61 100 and had 1,000 yards on 87 carries last season and 23 catches for 327 yards.
He was injured while catching a pass when tackled in traffic, Quinn said.
But Quinn said the surgery went well and it is hoped that he will be ready to play next season.
‘He’ll be back this summer,” Quinn said. “His plan is to work as hard as he can on his upper body with us and do his rehab on his lower body (with doctors) and then whenever he can start running around ease it into by the end of summer.”



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