Thursday, November 29, 2012
UW in-home visit impresses Azeem Victor
By Mason Kelley
When Azeem Victor (Pomona, Calif./Pomona) met with Peter Sirmon during an in-home visit earlier this week, the senior thought Washington’s linebackers coach did a good job explaining how the recruit would fit into the Huskies’ defensive system.
Sirmon’s pitch made an impact.
“It was really nice,” Victor said. “He told me where I would fit in the program. He educated me about the school a little bit. I thought it was really nice. That was my first in-home. I just took it in. I liked it a lot.”
Ever since the Huskies extended an offer to Victor in late October, the program has pushed to land the 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete.
“I feel like he (Sirmon) is fired up to have me,” Victor said. “He’s a pretty cool guy. We keep in contact. We talk a lot.”
Victor transferred to Pomona this season and spent his first year at inside linebacker after working as a defensive end most of his high school career.
John Brown, his defensive coordinator with the Red Devils, said Victor “kind of took flight” after the position change. College coaches have noticed.
“I’m just soaking it in,” said Victor, when asked about the attention he has received recently. “It’s something new to me. I’m just taking it one day at a time.”
Victor’s father, Mike, remembers when Washington was a Pac-10 power under Don James. He sees Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian pointing the program back in that direction in the Pac-12. His son agrees.
“UW is on the rise,” Victor said. “I feel like that’s a championship-caliber team. I feel like, once I get there, I could make a big impact with the team. I am fired up about UW.”
While he continues to weigh his options, Victor can’t wait to begin his college career.
“I’m just waiting for July, getting ready,” he said.