Washington wows OL Kearsley on visit

After returning from his official visit to Washington, Brayden Kearsley (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) said the trip “definitely exceeded my expectations.”

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman made Seattle his first official visit and the experience was enough to vault the Huskies toward the top of his list.

Washington is now “for sure No. 2, close to No. 1.”

Oregon State remains the leader for the four-star recruit’s services. He will visit the Beavers on Jan. 25 and also has trips planned to UCLA, Arizona State and BYU.

He is looking for the school where he feels the right fit with the players and the coaching staff.

“I felt really comfortable with all the players at UW,” he said. “I just need to figure out for myself what I want to do and where I want to go with life and football.

“Seattle, you can’t go wrong with one of the best economies,” he said. “I’ve just got to figure all that stuff out.”

Among the many things Kearsley did during his visit, he said he was treated to dinners at the Space Needle and Crab Pot.

“We just did so much stuff,” he said. “It was amazing."

Erik Kohler was Kearsley's host on the visit. He said he spent most of the trip hanging out with Kohler, USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes and Washington freshman Shaq Thompson.

“We hung out the whole time,” Kearsley said. “We just had fun with it. We had a blast. Me and Eddie, we just had fun together. It was one of the most fun visits I’ll probably take.”

Kearsley plans to make his announcement at 7 p.m. PST, Jan. 23 at Big Al’s in Beaverton, Ore. Before he gets to that point, he plans to take an unofficial visit to Washington.

It remains to be seen if he will play college football in Seattle. So far, though, the Huskies have made a convincing case.