Montlake is Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

SEATTLE - was able to confirm Saturday afternoon that Blake Rodgers, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker prospect, verbally committed to Washington during an unofficial visit. Rodgers picked the Huskies over scholarship offers from Air Force, Cal Poly, Montana, and Northern Arizona.

Rodgers, from Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Calif., was also getting serious interest from Arizona State and UCLA, but knew he was home during his unofficial visit to Montlake this weekend.

"I might commit this weekend, there is a good possibility," Rodgers told's Brandon Huffman last week of his UW visit. "If UCLA offers and gets into the picture, I'll hold off and weigh everything, but I'm pretty excited about visiting Washington and think it's a good fit. I'm not really sure what's going to happen yet."

Now we know, Rodgers saw all he needed to see, and didn't hesitate.

"You're the first one to know. I just committed a little while ago. Coach Sarkisian was really happy, and so were the other coaches. Even if UCLA had offered me, I still feel like I would have committed to Washington, because I love the coaches," he said. "I love the coaches, I love the campus, I love the school, and it's really cool up here."

The Huskies are recruiting Rodgers as a MIK 'backer.

If other schools come into the picture, how strong is Rodgers' commit to Washington? "I feel very strongly about my commitment," he said, matter-of-factly.

The Huskies are getting a productive linebacker, one that had 80 tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions for Tesoro as a junior. UW will also be getting a full qualifier, as Rodgers boasts a 3.4 GPA and a 1680 on the SAT.

Rodgers' commitment is the ninth for Washington's 2012 recruiting class, joining RB Tairen Owens, QB Jeff Lindquist, CB Darien Washington, QB Cyler Miles, WR Dwayne Washington, OT Nathan Dean, CB Damontae Kazee, and DE Malcolm Jackson.

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