Rayford commits to Washington

Caesar Rayford is a 6-7, 230-pound tight end/defensive end prospect from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel, and Rayford took a visit to the hometown Washington Huskies this past weekend. It looked good for the Dawgs going in, and Caesar didn't disappoint, verbally committing to head coach Keith Gilbertson Sunday morning.

"I committed to U-Dub," Rayford told Dawgman.com Sunday. "I talked to Mr. Gilbertson about it. He was really excited and everyone else did too. They all gave me handshakes, the recruits too. They were congratulating me on my commitment.

"It feels great because now I can get focused on my basketball season, lifting hard and finishing out my high school career."

Cornerback Matt Fountaine was Caesar's host. "He was great, he showed me a good time," Rayford said of the sophomore from Oakland, California. "We talked a lot. We had a great time."

Rayford mentioned going to campus, meeting the football staff, and learning about the academic opportunities as highlights of his visit. "Everything fascinated me," he said. "We ate really well too."

'Eating' on an official visit to Washington includes a trip to Seattle's own Metropolitan Grill. Caesar had the famed 52-ounce porterhouse and literally gave it his best effort. "I ate it all," he said. "It was a lot of meat, but I ate it all. I had desert too."

So with his athleticism and size, Rayford is the kind of prospect that could make an impact at a number of different positions. "I'm being recruited as a defensive end, but Gilbertson also talked to me about tight end too," said Caesar. "Whatever position they want me, I'm going to work hard and play hard."

Caesar comes from a storied tradition at Bethel High. Under the direction of Eric Kurle, the Braves have put a few players into Division-1 ball, including Johnny DuRocher and most recently, Aaron Klovas. Both will be playing for the Oregon Ducks.

Rayford has thought about future encounters against his former teammates, including a vision of beating tackle Klovas around end and sacking DuRocher. If he gets that chance, don't expect Caesar to have any problems showing Johnny some field turf.

"I'm taking him out," he said with a bit of a chuckle. "During practices, we could never put a hit on the quarterback, so we always want to hit Johnny. We're still good friends, but I'll lay some hits on him if I get my chance. I'm going to show him what Husky football is all about."

Any last words for Husky fans, Caesar? "I just want them to know that I'm going to work hard for my fans and play to the best of my abilities."

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