Why UW? “I have always wanted to go to Washington, so it was a pretty easy choice once I got the offer. I love the coaches and the program and the school. It's the perfect place for me.”
Other Suitors: Because he committed so early in the process and made it known he had no intention of de-committing, Van Soderberg only had one other offers -- Washington State -- although there were several Pac 12 programs who still did their best to get him to leave the state.
Scouting Report: “Van Soderberg is one of the most consistent Punter/Placekickers in the nation. He has a reliable punt distance in relation to hang time. For the Huskies, this means less returns and better field position. Van’s rugby punt abilities will also add options for Coach Petersen. Should the Huskies need help in the placekicking department, Soderberg is well versed, showcasing a 55-yard field goal leg and 70-yard kickoff abilities.” – Ryan Perkins (Former Husky Kicker/Private Kicking Coach)
Quotable: “(The coaches) said they liked a couple of things about me -- I can enroll early (in March) and be there for spring ball, they liked how I handled pressure and they also liked my soccer background and how that helps with the different kicking styles, like rugby kicks, so that was another big thing for me.”
Projection: “With Korey Durkee gone, Washington was in need of a punter and soderberg was the best one in the region. He can kick as well as punt, so he'll get an opportunity to be a kickoff guy as well, but his main focus will be punting and he should be the starter heading into the season unless something weird happens.” – Scott Eklund (Dawgman.com)