Why UW? “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. I could see myself up there.”
Other Suitors: Pleasant committed to Washington in late January over offers from Arizona State, Fresno State, Oregon and USC, among others.
Scouting Report: "Pleasant is an intriguing kid who can play on either side of the ball. He's a big framed kid, all of 6-1.5 pushing 6-2 and can really run. He had a very good spring/summer on the 7v7 circuit as a cover corner and showed a lot of promise there. You don't see many DBs with his size who can run and play with his fluidity. This past season, Pleasant lit it up at running back and that's where he'll start off at for the Huskies. He'll need to bulk up but should have no problem doing so and projects as the kind of back that can run between the tackles with the speed to bounce it outside as well." (Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins)
Quotable: “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.”
Projection: "Everybody was kind of scouting him as a defensive player. When we really got some film on him early on this season I think a lot of people started saying, 'Wait a minute. Which side of the ball do we offer him on? So a lot of schools actually started offering him as an athlete, because they could play him on either side of the ball. The more film he had, the more people are saying, wait a minute - he's a pretty good running back. With the spread stuff, with all the personnel groupings, to be able to have a guy like Kamari who...he is a bigger back, but one of the things people like about him - Washington in particular - is you can keep him on the field. You can put him at running back, be a power guy, and you can also keep him on the field and do some empty stuff and throw the ball to him, which we did a lot of. He can do a little bit of everything. He can run the ball but he can also catch and block as well. He bought into our pass protection. For us, he was definitely considered a running back. To be able to have a kid like that where, if we go empty formation we don't have to change our personnel groupings...he was definitely a running back for us but able to do a lot of things and make it difficult for defenses. He really is a kid that could play defense, but if he didn't play running back I could easily see him at receiver. We dabbled with him at receiver in spring to see what he could look like, and he could play there too - inside or outside. He's really blessed to play some different spots. When we first took over we were able to really teach him the position. Before we got here he was a defensive guy first. I think the fact that he's still learning the running back position - even with all the things he's done already - I think his best days are in front of him." (Kevin Davis, Etiwanda Head Coach)