Willingham bringing the wood

Not often does a player verbally commit to a school sight unseen. In fact, it's almost never done. But Marlon Wood, a 5-11, 180-pound athlete from Tampa, Florida - by way of Pasadena (Calif.) City College, did just that Monday, verbally committing to Washington over offers from Washington State and Hawaii.

In fact, Wood just returned from an official visit to the islands, only to turn right around and pledge another school.

"Yes, I have committed to Washington," Wood told Scout.com. "It's because they want me on offense. They are going to utilize me a lot - screens, slots - a big play receiver." Marlon will also be used as a return specialist. "On kickoff returns, I averaged 40 yards a return and on punt returns it was fifteen yards a return," he added.

Most schools were looking at Marlon as an athlete. Being the son of Richard Wood, a three-time All-American at USC, Marlon has genes on his side, as well as game. "I was brought in to play both ways at Pasadena and actually started at receiver my first game there, but some complications on defense put me over on defense," he said.

So why does he feel comfortable signing with Washington despite never having visited either the campus or the city? "I know a couple of players with the Seahawks that are from Tampa - like Darrell Jackson," said Wood. "I know him, and our corner out here, Qwenton (Freeman) is going up there as well. Coach (Tyrone) Willingham coached two of my friends at Notre Dame - Dwight Ellick and Preston Jackson. My Dad coached Dwight and Preston went to my high school."

Marlon will sign a letter of intent with Washington on Wednesday and then will try to move to Seattle sometime in the summer. "I don't have to go to summer school, but if I want to get some classes out of the way I can," he said.

Right now Marlon has two years to play two right now, but that could change based on what he did at Pasadena. "I'm going to petition to get a year back," he said. "I did one full year of track and then nothing for my second year. This is my first year playing football. I'm trying to get that middle year back."

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