Pleasant, who also had scholarship offers from Pac-12 programs Arizona State, Oregon, and USC, originally committed to the Sun Devils on Christmas. But this week he officially de-committed.
“I de-committed from Arizona State because of the fact that I felt I would be more successful at the University of Washington instead of Arizona State,” Pleasant said, offering up some more insight. “There’s more opportunity at Washington versus ASU.”
He added that Washington looking at him as a running back certainly played into his opinion about future success.
“I’ve seen how dedicated their fans are, the whole process being at Washington, just being able to ball out in that type of setting - it’s just amazing,” said Pleasant. “Also just the way everybody is just family there.”
All of Pleasant’s thoughts about the Huskies were confirmed on his official visit to Seattle this past weekend. “I could see myself up there,” he said.
With Dwayne Washington moving on to professional prospects, it made sense for the Huskies to look for another bigger running back. UW already has one running back committed for 2016 in St. John Bosco star Sean McGrew, Gatorade’s California State Player of the Year.
“Me and coach (Keith) Bhonapha have been talking a lot, just ready to get to work,” Pleasant said. “I’m going to be at running back and I was talking with the o-coordinator (Jonathan Smith) and we’re going to stretch me out at receiver as well, let me come out of the backfield as well. Use me all over.”
That sure sounds like a straight replacement for Dwayne Washington, but the Huskies have told Pleasant he’s more than just DW, part two. “They feel like I’m a mixture of Myles (Gaskin) and Dwayne (Washington) because of the type of vision and explosiveness Myles has, and then just being a big back like Dwayne is and being able to stretch teams over the top as well,” Pleasant said.
He added that he knows he’ll get bigger once he gets to Washington and has the frame to put on more weight.
After Pleasant got home from his official visit to Washington, he hosted an in-home visit from the UW coaches. By Wednesday he had his mind made up.
“I talked to my parents about it, broke everything down - the pros and cons - and then figured out the situation,” he said. “I talked to the coaches at Arizona State, and really I knew where I wanted to go after that.”
And now Kamari Pleasant is a Washington Husky.
Does Pleasant have thoughts about any more official visits before Signing Day?
“It’s over,” he said, matter-of-factly.
Any last words for Husky fans, Kamari?