2017 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Ca.) DE Hunter Echols talks about his interest in Washington and when he plans to visit to Montlake

2017 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Ca.) DE Hunter Echols is one of the top pass-rushers in the country and while he currently remains committed to UCLA, he's heading out for visits to several other schools this spring and Washington is one school that will play host to the four-star prospect...

Echols has been committed to UCLA back on Signing Day (February 4th), but he's been forthright, both with the media and the UCLA staff that he wanted to take visits.
"A lot of people don't know this, but I was down to Washington and UCLA and I was going to commit to Washington, but when I talked to the coaches I said I wanted to take visits and they said that they don't like their commits to take visits, so when I talked to UCLA they said that they understood my position on things and they respected me and they were okay with me taking visits," Echols told Dawgman.com.

"I really have a great relationship with the coaches up at Washington.

"Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) and coach 'K' (Pete Kwiatkowski), the defensive coordinator there, they are great coaches and they really care about their players.

"I also have a great relationship with coach KB (Keith Bhonapha) and coach (Jimmy) Lake and coach (Bob) Gregory too. They have all shown me so much love and made me feel welcome and they make you realize that it's not just about football, it's about growing as a man off the field too. That's pretty important."

Echols hasn't visited Seattle yet, but that will change next month when he heads north on April 15th with his father.

"We'll be up there for the weekend," Echols said. "I am really looking forward to getting up there and seeing things first hand.

"I actually visited USC when they played Washington last year. I was there with the USC recruits, but I ended up talking a lot with the Husky coaches and players after the game."

In addition to his pending trip to Montlake next month, Echols will be racking up the frequent flyer miles this spring with trips to see Arizona and Arizona State as well as TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor and he will also spend time at his hometown schools, USC and UCLA.

"I have offers from all of those schools, so when I trip to one, I will take a trip to see the other school so that I can fit them all in," Echols noted. "I was planning to trip out to see Washington State when I came up to visit Washington, but the coaches there aren't really keeping in touch with me anymore, so I'm just going to visit U-Dub."

Michigan is the latest school to offer Echols and he said he'll likely earmark an official visit to see Ann Arbor during the season.

"They are a great program and I was really excited when they offered, but with the costs of flying, I just need to wait on that one and take an official visit there this fall," Echols added.

While Echols remains committed to UCLA, he said he'll make his final decision after his senior season.

"I want to take all of my official visits for sure," Echols said. "My plan is to take my visits, sit down with my family and then make my final decision on Signing Day (February 1st) next year."

As a junior last season, Echols totaled nearly 80 tackles to go along with 27 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks.

We'll have more on Echols after his visit to Seattle next month and after as he continues to wind his way through the recruiting process.

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