Todd Follmer makes decision

Todd Follmer, a 6-11, 215 pound center from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita has verbally committed to Washington, according to his father. Todd Jr committed to the Huskies Saturday during an official visit over strong interest from Utah, Gonzaga, California, Stanford, New Mexico and Texas Tech. Santa Clara and Colorado State had also been by Follmer's school recently.

"We had a great time on the visit," Todd Sr told Sunday evening. "Washington has been recruiting Todd ever since the Pump tournament (Pump N Run Easter) at Cal State-Dominguez Hills last summer.

"They also went to Houston and saw him at the Texas Classic and in Las Vegas. Then Coach (Lorenzo) Romar came by school on the last day he could and offered Todd a scholarship. We like Washington a lot and on his visit he gave Coach Romar a verbal commitment.

"He's done."

Follmer, who moved to California from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, didn't play for the Eagles as a sophomore but has since earned all-Serra League honors as well as All-CIF Division III accolades.

"After he shut out Robert Rathbert, another top player, Todd started getting all sorts of attention," Follmer said. "Even though he didn't play varsity as a sophomore, the Washington coaches saw him early enough to see how quickly he was progressing."

Todd had a couple of playoff games where he had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 or 6 blocks. He had almost 100 blocks this past season. "He really worked his butt off," Todd Sr said. "Not only can he run, but he does run. The coaches always liked his hands, the way he can catch the ball and shoot. He's working on gaining weight and having a more active presence inside, more post moves. He's involved with a strenuous strength program."

In short, Todd sounds like a Romar recruit - a player with a tremendous work ethic that has unlimited upside. That's why Todd made the decision Saturday to cast his lot with the Dawgs.

"It's a beautiful campus there and Todd always wanted to go to a big school," his father said. "He wants to play in the NBA. He's always wanted to play at the highest level.

"Now Washington hasn't been at the top of the Pac-10 in a while, but we feel that Coach Romar knows how to build a program and do it the right way. They may not win the conference, but they'll be very competitive and Todd will have an opportunity to go up against the best players in the country. We were always impressed with Coach Romar and his staff. They act like they really want to be there doing what they are doing. And Russ Schoene - he's been to the NBA and has an inside-outside game. That's what Todd wants to be.

"The school is a great school, one of the best either public or private on the west coast. And he wants to major in Marine Biology, so it was a great fit in that regard too."

It doesn't hurt that Todd has an aunt that lives on Mercer Island too. He'll sign his letter of intent during the early signing period for basketball players in November. Top Stories