Izbicki chooses Huskies

It appeared for the longest time that Chris Izbicki was leaning toward the hometown school, and ever since the University of Washington had offered him a scholarship, a quick decision seemed iminent. But then the Stanford Cardinal came along and made it a serious two-horse race.

Wednesday afternoon, after talking with Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham, Izbicki made a verbal commitment to play for the Huskies. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder made his decision after careful consideration of the Cardinal, and also from offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona State.

"It's official," he told Scout.com Wednesday afternoon. "I always knew that I was going to be a Husky, I really did. I decided not to wait around any longer. It was always 70-30 or 80-20 to UW all along and since Coach (Tyrone) Willingham was coming to my school today let's just do it now.

"Even if my test scores were going to be good enough, I was not going to Stanford."

In fact, Izbicki couldn't wait to see Willingham in person to give him the news. "I was talking to him on the phone and he told me that he wasn't going to be able to talk to me, so I told him I had something big to tell him," Izbicki said. "He was really excited. I just called Coach (Bob) Simmons, the Tight Ends coach, and he was super-excited. He said he's going to be walking around with a big smile on his face for the next few weeks."

And despite the almost certain attention that will come with this announcement, Izbicki is firm on his pledge.

Izbicki caught 25 passes for 215 yards and two scores in 2005 en route to first-team All-KingCo 4A honors. He also had 58 tackles and two sacks playing defensive end for the Kangs.

Now that Izbicki has determined which college he'll be attending, he's intent on becoming a recruiter for the Huskies.

"I want to make our team as good as it can be and the 2007 class the best class we've ever brought in, so I'm going to help out as much as I can," he said.

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