Gig Harbor's Durkee commits to UW

With Washington losing their kicker and two experienced punters to graduation following the 2011 football season, the Huskies were definitely in the hunt for at least one specialist in the 2012 recruiting class and on Saturday they got their man when Gig Harbor (Wa.) P Korey Durkee was offered and immediately committed to the coaches...

"I got offered by Washington today and I verbally committed to them," a happy Durkee told "It was really a great thing for me and I felt like Washington was a great chance for me to get playing time next year with both of their punters leaving."

Durkee both kicks and punts for the Tides and while he's slotted to be a punter when he arrives at Montlake next year, he said he'll also get some looks as a placekicker as well.

"I do it all for my team," Durkee, an all-state goalkeeper for the Tides soccer team, noted. "I'll go in there as a punter, but they said they want to give me a look as a kicker too."

Besides his offer from Washington, Durkee was also getting a lot of attention from schools like Air Force, Oregon State, Alabama, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State.

"When I committed, coach (Steve) Sarkisian was really happy," Durkee said. "With Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) being there, I had a lot of inside information on the football world and he and I are great friends, so it's nice to have someone I know right there with me."

Durkee noted that at a camp recently he averaged 46 yards per punt and had a 4.6 second hang-time.

We'll have more from Durkee down the road as he begins his senior season.

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