2016 Capital (Olympia, Wa.) P Van Soderberg, who was recently named to the All-State team, will enroll at UW in the spring

Though his team didn't have a very good season, Capital (Olympia, Wa.) P Van Soderberg, individually, had a stellar senior season and he was named an All-State punter by the Associated Press. Now that his prep career has concluded, Soderberg has turned his sights to Montlake and he will arrive early to get his Husky football career started...

"I'm all set to enroll in March so I can be there for spring ball," Soderberg told Dawgman.com recently. "My senior season was great from an individual standpoint, but as a team, we didn't do as well as we thought we would, but we had a young team, so hopefully they can bounce back next year."

During his senior season, Soderberg had a net average of 39 yards per punt, tops in the state, with a long of 52 while going 10 of 10 as a placekicker with a long of 44 yards and of his 55 kickoffs, Soderberg turned 40 of those into touchbacks.

For his efforts, Soderberg was named to the All-State Team by the Associated Press.

"It was a great honor and something that I really was hoping for, but you don't really know if that will ever happen," Soderberg noted. "Before the season, you sorta set out goals for yourself and that was one that I had, but when it came out that I was named a First Team All-State selection, that was pretty amazing."

Soderberg ended the recruiting process very early, committing shortly after receiving an offer from the Washington coaches.

"I just knew I wanted to be a Husky and when they offered, that was it," Soderberg recalled. "I was so excited to get that offer. Washington is where I always wanted to go and when the offer came in, I didn't need much time to think about it."

Soderberg had several schools make inquiries into how committed he was, but over and over he told them he was solidly committed to the Huskies.

"I appreciated the time they took to recruit me, but I was up front with all of the schools and said that I wasn't going to change my mind," Soderberg said.

Once he arrives at Washington, Soderberg will continue to perfect his craft as a punter, but he's also open to doing more if the need arises.

"The coaches have said that I'm coming in to be the punter, but that if I wanted to, I could try out for other positions (kickoffs, field goals) so that is something that I will probably look at, but I know why I'm going there and that's to take (Kory Durkee's) spot," Soderberg said.

Soderberg's lead recruiter for the Huskies was Jeff Choate, but since he left, the punter has spoken to linebackers coach Bob Gregory who will take over the special teams duties.

"I was surprised when coach Choate left, but he's a great coach and I feel like he will be successful in whatever he does," Soderberg said. "Coach Gregory came down and introduced himself to me after their (regular) season was over and we talked about things. He seems like a good coach and I feel like the special teams won't miss a beat."

Soderberg attended pretty much every Husky home game and he also caught most of the away games as well.

"This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but they came out and played well I think, especially when you consider how young they were at some key spots," Soderberg said. "They started freshmen at quarterback and running back and along the offensive line, so it's only going to get better for them as those guys get older and they mature."

Soderberg will take his official visit to Montlake on January 15th and then he will sign his letter-of-intent on February 3rd and he plans to enroll in late March for the start of spring quarter.

Dawgman.com will have more from Soderberg after his official visit in a couple of weeks.

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