Folk talks about Husky commitment

When a team gets a commitment from a kicker, it doesn't really get recruitniks as hyped up as they would for a top-rated lineman or a position player. However, kickers are an integral part of a football team and the great programs have solid kicking-games. That's why the Husky coaching staff was very excited when Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Ca.) K Erik Folk committed to them on Wednesday.

"I was up there a couple of weeks ago on an unofficial visit and I really had a great time," Folk told "I loved the trip. It's a great school, the coaches are really good and I think the football team is good and they're only going to get better."

Folk said that a chance at early playing time wasn't the biggest factor in his decision, but he said it helped.

"They said I could come in and compete right away and that they liked my consistency," Folk said. "All I can ask for is a chance, after that, it's all up to me."

Folk's mother accompanied him on his visit and she too gave her stamp of approval.

"She liked it a lot and that was important for me," Folk said. "When we were on the visit, that's when they offered me, but I didn't commit because I wanted to get back and think about it and talk to my family.

"The other night it just seemed right so I called the coaches and told them I wanted to be a Husky. They were pretty excited."

The coach running point on Folk's recruitment was Washington linebackers coach Chris Tormey, who also is the recruiting coordinator for the Dawgs.

"I started getting letters from them during the spring and it basically just picked up from there," Folk said. "They were there from the beginning and that was important."

Folk's older brother Nick is a kicker for Arizona and, while he would have liked to have played with his sibling, he couldn't be happier with his choice of schools.

"I'm 100-percent committed to Washington," Folk said. "I won't be taking other visits. This is the school I committed to and that's where I want to be, otherwise I wouldn't have committed."

Folk has not set up his official visit with Washington yet, because he wants to focus on his season and the upcoming playoffs. He also noted that he'll be helping the Huskies out with a couple of his teammates.

"I'll be talking to Shane Horton and Mike Stanton to get them to come and play with me," Folk said. "That would be cool to have some friends come and play and they're really good too."

Folk has a big leg – he's hit a 56-yarder this year – and said he's open to punting, but the Huskies have told him they want him to be a place-kicker.

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