Three-Star Kicker Says Yes To Washington

Most schools have the day off for the Martin Luther King holiday, so Damien (La Verne, Ca.) K/P Tristan Vizcaino and his friends are headed to the beach, but not before word started to leak out that he has switch his commitment from Washington State to Washington. was able to catch up with him before he reached his destination to get his thoughts on his decision...

"I committed to Washington," Vizcaino told "After I got home from my visit and I was able to speak to my parents, I just knew Washington was the right school for me.

"I didn't want to prolong things with Washington State, so I called them right away and told them of my decision. They weren't happy and were pretty upset, which is understandable, but I have to do what is best for me and for the next four years of my life and Washington was where I wanted to be."

Vizcaino said there were many factors in helping him make his decision.

"Coach (Chris) Petersen is a big reason why. He's a great coach and I liked him and his philosophy a lot," Vizcaino said. "I also liked coach (Jeff) Choate a lot. We got along really well and I felt like we meshed perfectly.

"Other than my relationships with the coaches, when I went up there, it was just amazing. From the facilities, to the program to the city, it was a perfect fit for me. I'm a city boy and I wanted to be close to a city and I fell in love with Seattle while I was up there."

As a senior this past season, Vizcaino hit on 75% of his attempts, going 9 of 12 with a long of 40. He also hit 27 of his 29 PATs and on 32 kickoffs he had 17 touchbacks and averaged 39.2 yards on 25 punts and dropped six inside the 20.

The Washington staff has told the talented kicker that they want him to be ready to handle all three of the specialist duties -- place-kicking, kickoffs and punting -- once he arrives this summer.

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