Huskies reel in local defensive lineman was able to confirm Monday night that Ali Gaye, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman from Edmonds-Woodway High School, has verbally committed to Washington.

Gaye chose the Huskies over offers from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Louisville, Ole Miss, and others.

“I’m ready to be a Dawg," Gaye told's Kim Grinolds Monday night. 

Gaye confirmed that, while he was supposed to take an official visit to Ole Miss before Signing Day, he's going to shut down the recruiting process. 

“I’m not going to go there," Gaye said of the scheduled visit to the SEC school. 

Gaye just finished up his official visit to Washington this past weekend. His host was redshirt freshman defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike.

“Things went great," Gaye said of his visit. "They showed us everything. We were with our hosts and they wanted to show us the best of U-Dub. It changed my view of U-Dub.”

What changed his mind about the Huskies? “How close and how friendly the players were,” Gaye said, matter-of-factly. 

“After a great visit, I talked it over with my family and decided it was a really good place to play football at.”

Gaye said he first called UW Defensive Line Coach Ikaika Malloe to break the good news, and then spoke to Head Coach Chris Petersen.

“They were excited," said Gaye. “(Petersen) was excited that I was going to come there. He was excited to recruit me. He really loves me as a player.”

At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, Gaye confirmed that he gained about 35 pounds from last year and might not be done growing. He will start out his UW career at defensive end. 

“They want to move me around a little bit," added Gaye. "That’s all I know for now.”

Gaye is the 16th known public verbal commit for Washington football's 2017 recruiting class. 

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