2017 Folsom (Ca.) LB/DE Ariel Ngata discusses his decision to become a Husky and why UW was the choice

Washington added the eighth prospect to their 2017 commit list when Folsom (Ca.) LB/DE Ariel Ngata made the decision to join the Dawgs earlier this week...


"It was just the right decision for me," Ngata said when asked for a reason why he chose Washington. "There were a lot of reasons, but I guess it really just came down to who I thought could help me improve as a player and a man and I just think that coach (Bob) Gregory and coach (Chris) Petersen are the right coaches to do that for me.

Ngata chose Washington over Oregon, his other finalist, and he said it came down to the position coaches.

"Coach Gregory is a really good coach and I just see him as a better fit for me than coach (Don) Pellum would have been had I committed to Oregon," Ngata said. "I also really loved Washington and Seattle and so did my family. I mean, they liked Oregon too, but Washington just had everything I was looking for -- academics, football, coaching -- and their medical school is one of the best in the nation and overall it just felt like the right place for me and the program that I fit in best."

When Ngata made his decision on Thursday, he called coach Gregory to give him the news.

"(Gregory and Petersen) were both up at a Seahawks practice and they were right there together," Ngata said. "I told them I wanted to commit to Washington and coach Gregory said he was really happy and excited and that he was going to tell coach Petersen right then. 

"They were both excited and said they can't wait to get me up there."

Washington is recruiting Ngata to play linebacker, but he said they have told him they could see him playing some "BUCK" linebacker as well.

"They said they felt like I could fit in at either spot, so they really didn't say exactly where they saw me," Ngata noted. "They just wanted me to get there and then start working with me and see where I fit the best."

As a junior last season, Ngata posted 80 tackles and four sacks while helping to lead Folsom to a 14-1 record and a berth in the Division I-AA CIF playoffs.

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