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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
David Ajamu is counting down to college

By Mason Kelley

AUBURN, Wash. -- David Ajamu (Shelton, Wash./Shelton) already is counting down the days until he can put on a Washington uniform.

“I can’t wait to go up there in July and meet everybody,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”

The 6-foot-5, 231-pound tight end put on a high school uniform for the final time last week, playing for Team Washington in the Tanoa Bowl. Even though Washington lost to Utah, 38-20, he said it was a good experience.

“I think we gave them a good game,” he said. “I think we could have won, but little mistakes. It was fun. It was a good experience, something you’ll never forget.

“Knowing that was probably the last high school football game I’m going to play, that’s crazy to think about. I’m glad I did it.”

When asked about how he thought he played, Ajamu said, “I caught the ball well. I could have blocked better. There’s always room to improve.”

It has been more than a month since the three-star recruit committed to the Huskies. He said he is still confident he made the right decision, although he was surprised to learn his recruiter, Joel Thomas, was leaving to become the running backs coach at Arkansas.

“It’s all good,” he said. “He did it for family reasons. I understand that. But he’s not my position coach, so that doesn’t really affect me that much.”

His high school teammate, Ralph Kinne, broke the news. Ajamu didn’t believe it until he called Thomas.

“He told me the reasons why he was doing it, and it made sense,” Ajamu said. “He’s a man. He needs to do what he has to do for his family. I respect him for that.”

Even before playing in the Tanoa Bowl, Ajamu was training for his future. His experience at the game motivated him to start working harder. He is ready to begin his college career.

“I’m just counting down the days,” he said.