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Two team race for Eldrenkamp

1/12/2012

Bellevue (Wash.) offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp has taken a visit to University of Penn but the next two weekends will determine where the talented lineman spends the next four to five years of his life.

“I liked Penn a lot, I’m glad I took that visit,” Eldrenkamp said. “It was a good experience but the distance was a factor for me. I’m really close with my family and it would be hard to go that far away from home. This weekend I’m visiting Washington State and the following week, I’ll be going to Washington. I’m down to these two schools right now.”

Both of Eldrenkamp’s parents attended Washington and the lineman said he grew up a Husky fan.

“I’m looking at both of these schools objectively,” Eldrenkamp said. “I’m really looking forward to this visit to Washington State, this will be my first time ever visiting Pullman. Coach [Eric] Russell from Washington State came for a home visit last week and that went well.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting Coach [Mike] Leach. I’ve only talked to him on the phone so far but he seems like a really good coach and it will be interesting to see what he can do with the program. I know he’ll have a very exciting offense so I’m looking forward to this visit.”

Before Eldrenkamp heads to Washington next weekend, he’ll have some very important visitors in his home.

“Coach [Steve] Sarkisian and Coach [Dan] Cozzetto will be coming over from Washington and Coach Leach will be over as well next week,” Eldrenkamp said. “My relationship with the coaching staff as well as the players on the team is a big factor for me in making my decision.

“I know it’s cliché but of course the academics are very big as well. These next two visits will be very important to me and will tell me a lot about both schools and where the best fit for me really is.”