The four-star offensive line prospect from the Sammamish Plateau announced his decision to become a Husky on his Twitter page less than an hour ago.
"When it came down to it, it really was about my relationships with coach (Chris) Petersen and coach (Chris) Strausser," Bainivalu told Dawgman.com. "Of all the coaches that recruited me, all of them were great guys and good coaches, but I just felt like coach Strausser and coach Petersen would get me ready for the NFL and for my life after football.
"They really recruited me hard and showed me how much they want me and I really felt like Washington was the best opportunity for me as far as the combination between football and academics."
Bainivalu took his official visit to Washington over the weekend and his host was Henry Roberts.
"He and I have known each other for a while, so it was really a comfortable thing to be hanging out with him," Bainivalu noted. "After the game, we went over to the Ram and had dinner with the other recruits and their families and then we just went back and went to bed.
"I just love everything about the program and I am really excited about being a Husky, but honestly, I think my parents might be more excited because they really love Washington and the program and coach Petersen and they wanted me to stay close if it was the best place for me."
With recruiting on the back burner, Bainivalu said a weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
"It's nice to just have it done and be something I don't have to think about anymore," Bainivalu admitted.
Bainivalu and his Skyline teammates will take on Camas this weekend in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.