Huskies Add Punter To 2016 Recruiting Class

Capital (Olympia, Wa.) P Van Soderberg has committed to Washington...



The senior-to-be confirmed to Dawgman.com that he received an offer from Washington and that he committed shortly thereafter to the Husky coaching staff.

"I went to their camp in June and did pretty well and then I came and met with the coaches again recently and they offered me," Soderberg told Dawgman.com. "Coach (Jeff) Choate said he liked a couple of things about me -- I can enroll early (in January) and be there for spring ball, he liked how I handled pressure and he also liked my soccer background and how that helps with the different kicking styles, like rugby kicks, so that was another big thing for me."

While Soderberg is being recruited by the Huskies as a punter, the senior-to-be has made a name for himself as a kicker, earning All-Narrows 3A First Team honors while also being tabbed as a Second Team All-State selection as junior last season.

"I punted off and on a little bit as a freshman and a sophomore and then last season I did it a little more," Soderberg noted. "Then, this past winter, I found out U-Dub was looking for a punter, so I really started to focus on it and it's paid off."

The Huskies are currently Soderberg's only offer, but he had been getting interest from Washington State, LSU, Montana State and Eastern among others.

"I have always wanted to go to Washington, so it was pretty easy to choose once I got the offer," Soderberg said. "I just don't see anyone else beating them. I love the coaches and the program and the school. It's the perfect place for me."

Soderberg is the 10th known commitment in Washington's 2016 recruiting class.




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