January 17, 2010

Riva ready to be a Dawg

It was no secret that the Washington Husky staff made offensive line a priority for their 2010 recruiting class. One of their big gets was O'Dea High School's Ben Riva. The local mauler was on campus this weekend for a visit and came away even more impressed with his future home.

"It was a lot of fun," said Riva. We really just hung out, watched a movie and ate a lot of food. It was great to get and meet everyone and hang out like we will be when we are in college together. It was also great to see the campus and the school, I haven't got to do that yet."

Although Riva made a lot of new friends on his visit, it was a few familiar faces that he spent most of his time with.

"I know Erik Kohler and Collin Porter really well and we and Nick Montana all hung out the whole time."

The highlight of the trip for Riva was when a couple of uncommitted prospects on the trip made their college choice known to the group.

"At first I thought everyone on the trip were committed. Then Gregory Ducre and Hauoli Jamora announced they committed on the trip and everyone got up and clapped. It was exciting."

Riva will now turn his attention on the future and his role along the offensive line. Although he's not sure where the Husky coaches want to play him, he knows they will make a good decision.

"I measured in at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. We really didn't really talk about where I would play and I'm not worried about it. The lineman on Washington all learn multiple positions and I trust coach [Dan] Cozzetto and [Steve] Sarkisian to put me in a spot to succeed."

All and all the atmosphere was upbeat and the attitudes towards the future was nothing but positive.

"We talked a lot about the future and how excited we are about what we can accomplish. We also talked with our hosts about how much we all like the staff."

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