2017 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) TE Hunter Bryant committed to Washington on Saturday shortly before their Spring Preview

Washington has been building some momentum on the recruiting front the past few weeks and on Saturday, shortly before they took the field for the Spring Preview, the Husky coaches got some good news when 2017 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) TE Hunter Bryant decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Dawgs....

"I had gone up there pretty recently and had a good visit and then I went to UCLA last week and I had another good visit and you could say I was sorta leaning (to UCLA)," Bryant admitted. "I wanted to give U-Dub a fair shot, so I came back and visited there this past weekend and it just felt right. It felt like the right place for me and so I just told the coaches that I wanted to commit."

The commitment set off a celebration in the Husky recruiting offices as all of the coaches came in the congratulate Bryant and welcome him into the fold.

"They were all woofing and stuff. It was a lot of fun," Bryant said. "Coach (Chris) Petersen was really happy and so was coach (Jordan) Paopao. All of the coaches were happy and so was my family.

"My brother's house is like two minutes from the stadium and my family has a lot of ties to Washington, so they were excited I decided to commit so they can be close to me and watch all of my games."

To be sure, the proximity to home and his family's ties to the program played a part in his decision, but Bryant said it was much more than that.

"A big thing for me was where the program is headed," Bryant said. "I mean, they are going to be really good this fall, but I think in 2017, my freshman year, they are going to be really, really good and we'll be challenging for Rose Bowls and make the playoffs during my time there.

"I just wanted to be part of that. Plus, I also have a lot of guys I know that are there. Brandon (Wellington) will be there this fall and me and Connor (Wedington) will be in the same class, so that was cool.

"(Wedington) was in my ear a lot. He was working on me. It played a part in my decision for sure."

Bryant had offers that spanned across the country including Auburn, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Penn State among others and there was some concern that if USC were to get involved, he might re-think his commitment to the Huskies, but Bryant said that isn't the case.

"I think I'm done," Bryant said. "I'm happy with my decision. It really doesn't matter who comes in and offers now. I'm a Dawg."

Bryant wrapped up his junior season by posting 48 receptions for a team-leading 1,137 yards and 17 scores while helping lead the Crusaders to their second-straight championship.


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