"Washington just offered me earlier this week (Monday)," 2017 Folsom LB Ariel Ngata told Dawgman.com. "Coach (Bob) Gregory is the coach recruiting me for them and he said they liked the way I tracked the ball-carrier down and that I had something good going.
"I have talked to coach (Chris) Petersen before, but coach Gregory is the one that offered me."
At nearly 6'4" and weighing in at 200 pounds, Ngata has a long frame that can add size. So far this season, he's posted 42 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery from his linebacker spot and he's also hauled in six receptions for 110 yards and three scores on the offensive side of the ball.
Washington is the first school to offer Ngata and he said the only other school to make contact so far is Nevada.
"Washington's linebackers are all in the 230 to 250-pound range and I've seen a couple of their games this season (Boise State, USC and Cal) and I would fit in really well to their defensive system because I have the same kind of frame they do and I play a lot like they do as well," Ngata noted. "I know a little about their coaching staff and how Coach Petersen and some other coaches moved there from Boise State a couple years back. They have a young team right now."
Freshman QB Jake Browning is from the same high school, but Ngata never played a down with him.
"I was actually at Reed High School and moved here during the summer," Ngata said. "I've talked to Jake a couple of times, but I don't know him really well.
"I'm planning to come up to Seattle for the Apple Cup when they face Washington State to check out the school and meet with the coaches and see what they have to offer. I'm really excited."
Folsom, currently 9-0 and ranked in the top 10 in the state, wraps up their regular season this Friday with a game against Woodcreek.