Confusion reigns over McDowell commitment

It wasn't the way he intended to get the news out, but it's still great news for Washington football fans. Vonzell McDowell has verbally committed to play football for the Huskies. But that wasn't his story this morning. After a conversation with Rainier Beach Head Coach Mark Haley on Thursday, McDowell decided it was best to get it all out of the way.

"I'm a Dawg," McDowell told Earlier on Thursday he had told both and that internet rumors of his commitment to the Huskies was not accurate. Turns out McDowell was just waiting for the right time to make it a big deal for himself and his family.

"I don't know how the story got out, though," he added. "It was like, it was a thing just for me. I wasn't ready to put it out. I wasn't ready to let it run, I wanted to keep it between me and my family."

So when did the 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback make the silent pledge? "It happened late last week," he said. "I was thinking about it, if I was going to stay in the Pac-10, where would I be able play. If I go to U-Dub, I'd probably be able to play after my first year, but other places they had sophomores and juniors."

So he called up Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham with the news. "He was excited," McDowell said. He added that he hopes he can add return specialist to his defensive back duties. "I haven't talked to them about it, but that's something I'm going to ask them about," McDowell added. "That's something else I can do for the team."

And his feelings now that the news is out there? "I can't wait. I won't really know how it feels until that day when I come out of the tunnel for the first time, but that's going to be exciting. I'm very excited to be a Husky. I get to play in front of the home crowd."

McDowell is rated as a three-star prospect by and was named the No. 1 cornerback and No. 21 player overall in the Northwest region by

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