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Monday, February 11, 2013
UW junior day 'eye-opening' for 2014 LB

By Mason Kelley

For Joey Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), Washington wasn’t a school he had thought much about.

Then the Huskies invited the 6-foot-2, 197-pound linebacker to their junior day.

“It was definitely really cool,” Alfieri said. “Visiting the school, I had no idea how nice everything was. From the dorm rooms to the facilities, everything is so high-tech. It’s all state-of-the-art stuff.

“I like the feel of being in the city, even though the campus is pretty spread out. Overall, I really liked the campus. Seeing the new stadium they’re building, $300 million, that all just looks really cool.”

With all of the recruits gathered in Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday, Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon asked Alfieri to step outside and talk to Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian, who offered the junior a scholarship.

Washington also offered a scholarship to Alfieri’s high school teammate, tight end Henry Mondeaux.

Alfieri’s father, Phil, played his college football at Oregon State before playing in the NFL. The Beavers have already offered Alfieri a scholarship, but his trip to Washington gave him something to think about.

“After going to their junior day and getting a tour of the whole campus, I’m definitely considering it as one of my choices,” he said.

Alfieri is interested in studying medicine and was impressed by the reputation of Washington’s medical school.

“Right there, that’s a pretty big bonus for that school,” he said. “It was really eye-opening, because I had no idea. I never really did any research. I haven’t been to any games up there, so it definitely made an impact on me. All the coaches and the coaching staff, they’re all just so energetic to be there. I really made a good impression on me.”