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Standing Gaard
Now a Viking, soon a Husky, Idaho's top-ranked player Gaard Memmelaar will graduate early en route to the University of Washington
Published: 10/10/2019 12:49:34 PM

Despite the deceptive name, Middleton standout Gaard Memmelaar does not anchor the guard position on the Middleton offensive line. 

And while many, including, have made the mistake, Memmelaar turned the heads of recruiters and fans alike for his exceptional play sealing off the edge for the Viking offense.

The 6-foot-5-inch tackle announced his commitment to the University of Washington back in June, turning three years of hard work clearing the field for the Vikings into a dream come true. 

“The family atmosphere and the coaches and the players, it was all very cool,” Memmelaar said. “They were the first team to offer me, and Coach Pete and all the staff up there are great. That’s where I want to be.”

The top-rated player from the Gem State made his decision without hesitation, committing to the Huskies and Head Coach Chris Petersen’s program before any other school could even formulate an offer.

“The campus is really pretty too,” he said. “Like it’s in Seattle, but when you’re on campus, you can’t really tell.”

But before Memmelaar trades in his blue jersey for a purple one, the 290-pound stalwart still has some work to do.

The Vikings currently rank fourth in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference in Week 6 with a 4-2 record. Memmelaar, who will graduate early in December to get a head start on his time as a Husky, has helped lead a Middleton team that put up a season-high 80 points against Ridgevue. 

“We’re doing pretty good. We had a couple tough games that we had chances to win, but overall we’re pretty solid,” Memmelaar said. “I play a little bit of defense in goal line situations, but mostly it’s just on the offensive side.”

While Memmelaar does his part to help guide the Vikings to victory, he also works on his own individual game to help prepare him for the next level.

“I’m really trying to work on my technique as much as I can, get my feet right and make sure I can take care of all the little things while I can,” he said. “ I’m mostly just working at left tackle, but on special situations I’ll move over and play on the right.” 

The Huskies will be lucky to have him, as he was the first to commit to the immensely talented 2020 Washington recruiting class that sits as the 12th best in the country, ranking first among PAC-12 teams. 

After the Huskies lost several key linemen to graduation, Memmelaar, along with fellow tackle commit and Colorado native Roger Rosengarten, have a chance to make an impact quickly. 

As for the program he will soon leave behind, many at Middleton will miss the work ethic and determination Memmelaar brought to the field.

“Gaard is an outstanding individual. He is a tireless worker,” said Middleton Head Coach Bill Brock. “I can't say enough good things about him. Great teammate, great player. It has been a pleasure to coach him.”


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