Huskies hit a Homer

Players come out of the woodwork during recruiting. Even standout players like Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) FB/LB Paul Homer who helped led his team to the state championship and who is quite an athlete. He has ties to the Washington football program through marriage, but now he's married himself to the Huskies by committing to head coach Tyrone Willingham early Thursday morning.

"He called up coach Willingham and said that he's going to come (to Washington)," David Homer, Paul's father, told Thursday night. "He's a good kid. He's an honors student, he's well respected, he's quiet, doesn't have a big ego and doesn't need any accolades.

"He gets kind of embarrassed when people talk to him about himself. He won't tell you anything good about himself. He's just an all-around good kid who doesn't get in trouble, keeps his nose pretty clean. Works hard and is one of the hardest working kids around."

The younger Homer led his Mustang team in tackles with 112 (including 85 solo tackles) while also posting eight tackles for loss, one sack and one interception. But the two-way star didn't just light it up on the defensive side of the ball. He also posted 1,194 yards on 157 attempts (a 7.6 yard average) and 14 touchdowns on the ground offensively.

As fate would have it, Paul is linked to the Husky family through the marriage of his cousin Jenna Pelz, who was a four-year letterman for the Husky women's basketball team, and her husband Aaron Dalan who started on the offensive line for the Huskies in the late 90's.

"I sent a tape up there with my cousin-in-law (Dalan), because he used to play football there," Paul told Chris Fetters in late December. "He gave it to the coaches and they watched it and loved it right away. They called me that day to tell me they got it and for the past couple of weeks we've been going back and forth."

That going back and forth resulted in an official visit to Montlake this past weekend and after a short bit of discussion with his parents, he decided to become a Husky.

The elder Homer said that his son had an offer from Colorado State and several division two schools, but the Nebraska coaching staff never offered him a ride.

"Nebraska asked him to walk-on and they didn't offer him because they didn't need a linebacker," Homer said. "Most of the schools were looking at him as a linebacker, but coach Willingham wants him there as a fullback."

So now the Homer becomes the 16th player to pledge to the Huskies 2006 recruiting class and he will fill a key roll in the offensive backfield.

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