Huskies the 'Right Fit" for Tutogi

Washington got some good news on the eve of the mid-year signing period for JUCO players when Southwestern LB Thomas Tutogi decided against playing for his childhood favorite and instead opted to play for the Huskies, a school he 'fell in love with' while he was on his visit late last month...

"I'm on my way to school right now to fax in my letter (of intent)," a happy Tutogi told Wednesday morning. "I'm so jacked up about this and so is my family."

Late Tuesday, Tutogi, along with the rest of his family, made the announcement that he would play for Washington instead of the school he grew up following -- USC.

"We are a Trojan family, definitely," Tutogi said. "We all are USC fans in my family, but when I went up to Washington and saw the school first-hand and I met with the coaches and bonded with the players, it was just like I was at home.

"I loved everything about my visit to Washington and have a lot of faith in the coaches there and I really got along well with the players.

"It was the right decision and the right fit for me."

Tutogi said he plans to leave Southern California on December 31st to fly up to Seattle and will start taking classes when Washington commences with it's winter quarter on January 3rd.

"I will start up my classes and get right into the winter conditioning they have there," Tutogi said. "I spoke with coach (Mike) Cox and coach (Steve) Sarkisian last night and they were really excited I wanted to be a Dawg.

"They want me to come in and take Mason Foster's spot at the WIL, so that's where they have me projected, but I will play anywhere they want me. I just want to get on the field and help them win."

Tutogi was a full-qualifier out of high school and will have four years to play three once he arrives at Montlake.

As a freshman this fall for the Jaguars, Tutogi was a monster at inside linebacker, posting 96 tackles, 13.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

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