Comparison: Cory Littleton (UW)
Prep Career/Awards: Named to the USA Today All-California first team as a senior ... also first-team All-Sac-Joaquin Section and first-team All-Sierra League... first-team All-NorCal ... as a senior in 2016, helped the Bulldogs to a 12-2 overall record and a berth in the championship game of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs ... credited with 65 total tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior ... in 2015, led Folsom to a 14-1 record and the Sac-Joaquin Section championship ... lone loss came in the Division I-AA state championship semifinals ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season ... PrepStar All-West Region ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 ... ranked the No. 29 outside linebacker in the nation by 247sports.com and No. 28 by scout.com ... ESPN listed him at 39th at his position ... rivals.com's No. 42 overall outside linebacker ... played for coach Kris Richardson..
Offers: Besides the Huskies, Ngata also had offers from Arizona, Cal, BYU, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah among others.
Why Washington: "I feel Washington was the best fit for me and I thought it was the school that was going to help me mature into a better player/person."
If he had chosen a different school: "It would have been between Oregon and USC, if (USC) had offered. UCLA was another school I had a huge interest in, but honestly, once I saw what Washington had to offer, I really didn't think about anyone else."
Analysis: "Ngata is more of a natural pass rusher than he is a cover linebacker. He’s explosive off the edge and does a good job disengaging from his blockers to get into the backfield and moves well in space to make open field tackles when against a running back. He’s got the athleticism to be an effective cover backer but his strength is in pass rushing and getting into the backfield." - Brandon Huffman
High School Coach Says: "He's one of the hardest workers on our team. He'll show up to work whenever you set up a time and he'll give you everything he's got. The great thing about Ariel is he hasn't played much football, so he's still got a high ceiling. He's long and athletic, he can run with the best of them and the more he plays, the more reps he gets, the better he's going to be. I'm really excited to see what (Washington) is able to get out of him while he's there." -- Kris Richardson (Folsom HC)
Position Projection: Ngata will wind up playing either the BUCK or SAM linebacker spot, depending on how the coaches see him fitting into their system. He's long and athletic and he can get pressure on the quarterback. He looks a lot like Cory Littleton did when he was at Washington and he could wind up filling that role once he arrives on Montlake.
2017 Season Projection: Washington is pretty stacked right now at the SAM and BUCK linebacker spots, so it would be surprising if Ngata found his way onto the field this fall. We expect him to redshirt and then battle for playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2018.