Otton Talks UW Commitment

On Friday, 2017 Tumwater (Wa.) TE/LB Cade Otton made the decision to become a Husky, but he kept things mum as far as the media was concerned until Sunday evening when he talked with exclusively about his commitment...

"When they offered last week, I knew I wanted to commit, but I also wanted to go up and watch practice," Otton said. "I knew I would commit if things went well and when I was there, I got a chance to talk to a couple of the recruits and the coaches and they really just made me feel at home there.

"After practice had finished, and it was a great time, but after practice finished, I caught up with coach (Chris) Petersen and I told him I wanted to be a Husky. He said he was really excited and happy I committed.

"After that, he called a bunch of the players and coaches over and they all congratulated me and welcomed me to the family.

Otton had offers from several schools, but he was down to WashingtonNebraska and Oregon State, so he manned up and called those coaches before committing to the Dawgs.

"I called them personally and told them I was committing to (Washington)," Otton said. "They both have great coaches and I really enjoyed getting to know them, so the thing is I didn't want them to see it on Twitter or in a story, I wanted them to hear it from me personally.

"When I called them, I told them about my decision and they said they respected it and also that I called them directly, but they also said they weren't giving up and would still be recruiting me.

"In the end, it really just came down to the fact that Washington was the school I wanted to go to. Ever since I was a little kid, growing up and then once I started playing varsity as a freshman, Washington was where I wanted to go to and I said at the beginning of the recruiting process, that I wanted to be part of the Husky program and when they offered me last week, I was so excited about it, it was like a dream come true for me and for my family."

As a junior last season, Otton totaled 26 receptions for over 500 yards and nine scores while totaling over 138 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and six sacks from his linebacker spot and helping to lead his team to the state 2A Championship Game and earning First Team All-State on both sides of the ball.

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