Ryan Perkins reaffirms UW commit

During Husky picture day back in August, North Thurston K Ryan Perkins committed to then head football coach Keith Gilbertson.

After a tough season and a coaching change Perkins took his official visit to Montlake this weekend and had some news for new head coach Tyron Willingham.

"I absolutely adore U-Dub and the football program," Perkins stated.

With the coaching change and the fact that there isn't a special teams coach in place yet Perkins said he wanted to find out about his role with the team. He wasn't disappointed.

"Coach Willingham basically told me that if I'm the best then I will play," Perkins said. "He said that whoever betters the team will be in.

"When coach Willingham talks to you, how he explains your role, his role and the team's role he makes you want to play better not just for yourself or the university, but also for him."

P Sean Douglas was Perkins' host and he showed Perkins around the school.

"It was real relaxing," Perkins said. "I had a great weekend. He showed me how the equipment works, how things run. I saw how things run behind the scenes and watched the basketball team stomp on Oregon State.

"I ate a lot of good food and met a lot of good people."

So after a 1-10 season what does Perkins see in the near future?

"However long I'm here, we are going to be good," Perkins said excitedly. "I love coach Willingham. I love that guy."

On his visit Perkins also had some time to talk with two of the biggest recruits left on the Husky radar in Bellevue LB E.J. Savannah and Bakersfield JC DT Ismail Abdunafi.

"Ish is a great guy, really cool. He and (QB Isaiah) Stanback got along perfect," Perkins added. "I would be totally surprised if E.J. and Ish didn't commit."

Perkins didn't do a lot of recruiting while he was on campus but he did say one thing that will make Husky fans happy.

"I told all the other recruits ‘it is time for a Washington renaissance' because we have the players, the talent, now we have the coaches, an AD and a President that are focused on making the football program great again."

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