James talks about commitment to UW

News and reports swirled last night that Coeur d'Alene (Id.) OL Matt James had committed to Washington, but he didn't address things until today. Dawgman.com caught up with him recently and he talked about his decision to become a Husky and where the staff sees him once he arrives next summer...

"I committed to Washington," a happy James told Dawgman.com. "I called coach (Justin) Wilcox first because he's the coach that recruits our area and then he passed the phone around to all of the coaches and I talked to them all.

"I also talked with coach (Tosh) Lupoi, coach (Dan) Cozzetto and coach (Steve) Sarkisian and they were all really happy for me and also for them because they wanted to get some linemen."

James said myriad factors played a role in his decision, not the least of which was the academic reputation of Washington.

"The academics played a big part for me," James said. "I also know they play big-time football there and the football is great and I loved the staff so it all worked out for me."

As far as where James fits into things once he arrives next summer, he said, at least at this point, he's not completely clear.

"Well, they haven't been real specific with me, but they like me on either side (offense or defense) of the line," James said. "On offense they like me at tackle and on defense, probably as an end.

"I don't have a preference really. I will play anywhere that helps the team."

Also playing into things was the fact that his friend and teammate, Chase Blakley, has already committed to Washington.

James chose the Huskies over offers from the likes of Arizona State, California, Boise State, Washington State, Utah State, Air Force and Army among others.

Coeur d'Alene will play Bothell (Wa.) at Husky Stadium in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic on September 7th and James said he will work to set up his official visit sometime after his senior season is complete.

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