"I'm excited to say that I have committed to Washington," Haener told Dawgman.com shortly after making his commitment. "I went down and threw for them on Thursday at their Satellite camp down here and coach (Chris) Petersen called me today and we talked and he said he was offering me and I said 'is it committable?' and he said 'heck yeah, we want you to come and play for us' and I said 'well, if it's committable, then I want to commit right now'.
"The coaches were all fired up. They were excited to get me.
"Coach Petersen said he really liked the way I threw the ball and my leadership abilities and he said he loved how I played with a chip on my shoulder because I've had people all my life tell me how I'm too small to play. He liked that about me."
"My mom and my grandpa both went there and I have a lot of family up there, so it really was my dream school," Haener noted. "I went up there for a few games last season and I was up there for camp, so I am really familiar with the program and the facilities and I know the area really well because a lot of my family is there, so I am really excited."
While throwing for the Husky coaches last week, Haener got a chance to throw to a future teammate.
"I actually got to throw with Alex Cook and that was cool to get to know him a little better," Haener said. "I think Washington is on their way back to the top and I really like the class they are building and I have a teammate (LB Nate Landman) who Washington has been talking to a lot and I'm going to try and work on getting him up there with me eventually."
As a junior last season, Haener completed 64.8% of his passes for 3,005 yards with 35 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading his team to a 7-4 record.
Haener said he does not plan to enroll early, wanting to finish out his senior year with the rest of his class and will report to Montlake a year from now.