For Sean Harlow, Washington’s 24-14 loss to USC was the senior’s first chance to watch the Huskies play in Seattle.
But, after flying home to California, the loss wasn’t the first thing the 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) mentioned when recapping the experience.
“I thought it was good,” Harlow said. “It was my first time up there for a game. I thought it was really cool how into it the crowd got. It was definitely a home-field advantage. They get super loud when the opposing team is on offense and quiet down a bunch when they’re on offense.”
When asked what he thought about the game itself, Harlow said he saw a team that was a few turnovers away from scoring another CenturyLink Field upset over a ranked team.
“I thought they were really close to winning, just too many turnovers, really,” he said. “They would have had another big win over a ranked opponent if everything went their way.”
Before the game, Harlow stood on the sideline and talked to future teammates defensive lineman Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) and offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) who, like Harlow, were in Seattle on unofficial visits.
“It was good just to get to know people I’m going to be up there with eventually, just start to build that bond,” Harlow said.
Harlow was at the game with his father, Pat, who played at USC. The three-star recruit said his father didn’t give him a hard time after the Trojans’ win.
“He’s super supportive,” Harlow said. “He doesn’t really care, as long as I’m happy. I’m sure he was somewhat happy that SC won but, at the same time, I think he would have been happy if UW won as well.”
While he enjoyed the trip, he is looking forward to taking his official visit which, depending on how his senior season wraps up, could coincide with Washington’s game against Utah, Nov. 10.
“I’m just excited to get up there for my official in a few weeks, get to see what it’s really all about,” Harlow said.
He still plans to take a few trips to other schools, but remains solid in his commitment to the Huskies.
“I’m pretty solid with my commitment,” Harlow said. “Obviously, I’m going to take a few more trips to other places, just to make sure I’m not overlooking them, but I’m pretty solid with UW, excited to get up there in the fall.”