Another Tui in the house

First it was Leslie, then Marques, then Zach. Now, one of their cousins, Trenton Tuiasosopo from Everett (Wash.) Mariner has decided there's no place like home. Trenton verbally committed to the University of Washington Thursday morning. For the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker, it was an easy decision to follow in his cousins' footsteps.

"I've always liked Washington, watching them growing up and seeing Marques and Zachary and all the success they have had," Trenton told Thursday. "And it's close to home and my family and friends can see me play. That was very important."

Trenton, along with his mother, father, sister, grandmother and Mariner head coach John Ondriczek, headed to the Washington football offices to confront new Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson. Tuiasosopo was wearing a UCLA sweatshirt. "I wanted to see if I could throw him off a bit," Trenton said. "But it didn't too much. You could tell he wasn't happy when he saw it, but then I told him that I was committing to Washington. He was really happy and had a big grin on his face."

Tuiasosopo is being recruited as a linebacker by the Huskies, but isn't sure what position. "I would love to play inside," he said. He attended Washington's team camp for a day earlier in the summer, and that day helped solidify his decision to stay home. "Coach Gilbertson was helping out in the linebacker drills and that's when I really got a feel for how he coaches. I liked it a lot."

Washington was the only school to offer Trenton at the time of his commitment, but he said that both Oregon and Oregon State were very close to offering, as well as Utah.

With the Tuiasosopo legacy firmly in place, Trenton doesn't feel daunted at all stepping in and being the next Tuiasosopo to don the purple and gold. "I don't feel any pressure at all," he said. "I plan on trying to make a name for myself. Leslie did that, Marques did that and Zachary did that too." And what about cousin Matt, arguably the top QB prospect on the west coast? "Well, we've talked about going to the same school before, but when we get together we really don't talk about that stuff. We just relax and try to get away from that kind of stuff. Wherever he goes, he'll be successful, that's for sure."

And don't expect Trenton to back off his commitment one iota. "I just want to take one visit, to Washington, to get a feel for how it's going to be and to see the things I haven't seen yet. That's the only visit I'll take," he said.

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