Huskies get their kicker

It's been rather slow on the recruiting front for Mt. San Antonio K Travis Coons who, up until tonight, was a commit to San Diego State. However, when Washington did an in-home visit with him an offer was extended and he decided right then and there to join the Huskies...

"I had been a commit to San Diego State for a while, but now I'm full-go with Washington," an excited Coons told "Washington had been talking to me since mid-season and they had talked about offering me, but they just never pulled the trigger and then tonight on my in-home with coach (Johnny) Nansen, they offered me and I committed."

One of the appealing aspects of his offer from the Huskies was the chance to play Pac 12 football.

"Ever since I started playing football and kicking, I wanted to play Pac 12 football and I have that chance with Washington," Coons said. "My parents are super-excited, coach Nansen was super-excited and when he was there we got coach (Steve) Sarkisian on the phone and he was really happy to have me join the team."

Coons hit on 2 of his 10 attempts this season for the Mounties, but that stat is deceiving as he was asked to kick almost all of the field goals outside of 40 yards, hitting both from over 50 including a long of 52.

Coons said that the Husky coaches have told him that they plan to have him kickoff and place kick and they will let him challenge incoming freshman Korey Durkee for the punting duties.

"With Erik Folk graduating, they told me the first thing they need me for is my kickoffs," Coons noted. "I usually put my five yards deep most of the time, so that's sorta my strength.

"I've known Korey for a while. We've been doing camps and stuff like that together so it'll be fun to go up there and compete with him."

Coons has not taken his official visit to UW yet, but plans to do that in the spring.

He will have three years to play two and will arrive this summer to start his career with the Dawgs.

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