Aguilar makes his intentions known

Devin Aguilar, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver/defensive back, verbally committed to Washington Friday over Cal, Kansas State, Colorado State and Arizona State. Kansas State is the only other school that wanted Aguilar for both sports, and the rest wanted Aguilar for football.

Aguilar still plans on taking official visits to Washington, Arizona State and Kansas State, and said that he's about '90 percent' committed to UW at this time.

"He was excited," Aguilar told when he told Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham the news. "I know they have a real good quarterback they got last year (Jake Locker). The Huskies like Aguilar, who plays both ways for Mullen, as a receiver and also as a return specialist.

Aguilar spent some time at Washington this summer during a junior day, and his trip to Seattle made a big impression. "I like the coaching staff a lot for both football and basketball. They were all very straightforward with me. And I think it's the best deal I have right now as far as my future and what I want to do. They are giving me the whole package.

"When I went up there, I saw the whole city. I had never been up there before. I liked the scenery up there. It was something I had never seen before."

Aguilar, who was an all-state performer in football as a junior, was also all-state as a point guard in basketball. He's also been in contact with Lorenzo Romar and Cameron Dollar and Willingham is cool with him trying to play both sports in college. "I talked to Coach Willingham about playing basketball as well as football and he said that he likes athletes that play more than one sport," Aguilar said. He added that he's more of a distributor than a scorer, and that Romar and Dollar both know his game because they have seen him play AAU ball in Las Vegas during the Reebok Big Time event. He played with the Colorado Hawks.

So why did Aguilar make a decision now without the benefit of a single official visit? "Well, I've been recruited by everyone and this deal seemed like the best one for me and I wanted to make sure it didn't slip away," he said. "And I wanted to also get the hounds off my back a little bit."

The basketball factor weighed heavily into Aguilar's decision. "I like basketball a lot and I didn't want to give it up," he said. "I know I can play D1 and it's a good opportunity there." He claimed a 15 ppg and 6 apg average. Right now in football, Aguilar has ten catches for 300 yards through four games, with four of them being touchdowns.

Aguilar will take his official visits after his senior season is over. "I want to see those schools, but Washington is at the top of my list," he said.

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