Baccellia Talks about UW Commitment

Andre Baccellia is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound receiver prospect from Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif., and Baccellia became the second receiver to verbally commit to Washington for the 2015 class, joining Isaiah Renfro. Baccellia picked UW over Washington State and San Diego State, and talked to Dawgman Friday night shortly after his commitment.

“(Coach Petersen) was really excited,” Baccellia told Dawgman. “He was yelling out and getting all pumped up. He was high-fiving coach Pease and yelling and running around, getting all excited. It was cool.”

Petersen was the main coach recruiting Baccellia, which should give you some idea as to how important Petersen saw Baccellia in terms of the 2015 recruiting class. “I really like what he’s about, and not just from the football standpoint,” Baccellia said of Petersen. “Obviously everyone knows that your football career ends at some point, and he exaggerated the point that after football you’ve got to do something else…just becoming a better man and getting ready for real life and getting ready for jobs and stuff like that. That also stood out.”

After coming up with 46 receptions for 954 yards (20.7 ypc) and 11 touchdowns as a Westlake junior, the Huskies declared their interest fairly early, offering Baccellia in early spring. Would he have thought at the time he’d be making a verbal commitment before his senior season?

“I would have said, ‘No way’,” said Baccellia. “I thought I was going to end up waiting things out and going on my officials and picking what’s best, but it just came to my attention early that it was the best fit for me and I’m very happy about my decision, very excited.

“I took an unofficial visit about a week ago and it was between Washington, Washington State, and San Diego State, and last night I had a meeting with my head coach and my parents we just went down the list of things that I need to be looking for in a school and the football program, etc… And I just slept on it and just came to the conclusion that Washington was the best fit.”

Baccellia mentioned his future position coach, Brent Pease, and how he factored into his eventual decision. “Coach Pease did a really good job recruiting me,” Baccellia said. “He stayed on top of everything. I kept in contact with him and we stayed in touch. He came by the school. When I went on the unofficial trip he took me up to his office and we went through some of the plays and some of the schemes where I would fit in and stuff like that.

“They plan on starting me out running the slot (receiver) position, and then moving me out and using me as both slot and outside receiver - a diverse player, using my explosiveness and my speed.”

Baccellia said his 100 PR is 10.82.

“I just try to get the ball in my hands in space and make something happen,” he added. My strengths are my speed, my explosiveness, my ability to learn. I think I’m a pretty quick learner. Other than that, off the field just being a self-starter. Just do what I can do off the field to get better and stuff like that.”

And areas of improvement? “To be honest, I think I need to improve in every part of my game,” Baccellia said. “I don’t think there’s any part that’s perfect.”

Any words for Husky fans, Andre? “I’m excited to be a Husky and I’m excited to get to Washington for future visits and get that uniform!”

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