Talking to Washington Football’s Biggest Recruiting Gem

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images))
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Chris Petersen (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)) /

Washington football rounded out their recruiting class with 22 scholarship players, but the best story comes from a preferred walk-on out of Bellevue High School

Drew Fowler was a Washington football season ticket holder for a long time, and grew up in the stadium’s backyard, attending Bellevue High School. If you don’t know his name, you will soon. The three-star inside linebacker prospect racked up 151 total tackles over two seasons on varsity with the Wolverines, and held offers from UCLA, Louisville, and Utah, but decided to take a preferred walk-on opportunity at Washington.

Fowler is a player that is coming in at a position of need for the Huskies at inside linebacker, where they’re losing two starters in Tevis Bartlett and the Pac-12 Player of the Year and nation’s leading tackler in Ben Burr-Kirven. Washington brought in a few scholarship recruits at the position in Daniel Heimuli, Miki Ah You, and Joshua Calvert. Fowler is going to have an opportunity to come in and compete with those guys from day one and could carve himself a spot on the depth chart.

Without further ado, here’s Drew Fowler!

Let’s start off with an easy one, why Washington? 

“For me it was about that indescribable gut feeling that a place fits everything you’re looking for. Through the whole process there were always things you could put on paper that said why one place is better or why some other university is higher ranked. But at the end of the day I connected most to this place in feeling here I could leave an impact on a community long past 4 years, and here I could thrive in all aspects of life for my college career and still be set up for life past football.”

You grew up with season tickets [at Washington], is there any Husky you grew up watching that you tried to model your game after?

“Yeah I had season tickets through the [Ty] Willingham and early [Steve Sarkisian] era so the linebackers I really grew up idolizing was Donald Butler and Mason Foster. Cort Dennison as well really.”

What’s your favorite memory at Husky Stadium?

“My dad’s friend had a field pass he let me use. I snuck down and watched one play before getting kicked out back to my seats (for being too young) but it was enough to know in my 8 year old brain that I’d be back some day. I remember the play… Jake Locker completed a crossing route to Kavario Middleton. I wanna say it was against Oregon State. Either way I remember watching the play and in my mind thought I’d be back some day.”

How does it feel to not have even stepped on campus yet and every Husky fan knows your name?

“I got a lot of work to do but it’s nice to have the support of such great fans. Hopefully we can make these 4 years special and bring a national championship back to UW.”

Fowler is a player that every Husky fan needs to keep an eye on over the next few years as he tries to make a name for himself on the field. He also hopes to be a direct admission through the Foster School of Business.