Winter comes early to Washington

Walter Winter, a 6-5, 230-pound linebacker from Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita, has verbally committed to Rick Neuheisel and the Washington Huskies. Walter received his scholarship letter from the Huskies today and it didn't take long for him to jump on the chance to play for the Dawgs.

"I told myself that once I got the offer I would take it because they are my number one school," Winter told Thursday evening. "I got the letter today and started to get excited. I tried to get a hold of Coach Neuheisel but he wasn't around. I tried him again later and got him. I thanked him and he congratulated me. He said, 'See, I told you I wanted to coach you!'"

Walter had been thinking about this decision for a while. "I grew up liking the Huskies a lot," he said. The school is close to home and I just like the school, coaches and team. I knew it was the right place for me."

Winter did admit to still wanting to check out some other situations. "As you know, nothing is 100 percent," he said. "I'm going to Washington State and Idaho next weekend, just to check them out. I'm not sure if I want to go, now that I got the offer I wanted, but my Dad wants me to go and I think it would be good to see what else is out there."

Walter also mentioned Notre Dame and Oregon as two schools he would have to look at if they offered him. "But U-Dub is on top and they have been for the past couple of years," he said. "If some schools wanted me to go on a trip to see them, it would be taking a vacation."

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