Wood talks about commitment

After a late trip to Wake Forest, Nick Wood was thinking east coast. Would the defensive tackle from Poway, Calif. look cross-country? Or would he stay closer to home? Wood pulled the trigger on his commitment Tuesday night.

"I called coach (Tyrone) Willingham, coach (Kent) Baer and coach (Randy) Hart tonight and they were all really excited," Wood told Dawmgan.com. "They all said I should come up there and be ready to go and that's what I'm going to work toward now."

Wood chose Washington over offers from Colorado, Arizona State, Boston College and Wake Forest among others.

He took a trip back to Wake Forest this past weekend and came home ready to think about where he would attend school.

"(Wake Forest) was a lot of fun and their team felt a lot like my team with the way the coaches and players work together," Wood said. "I loved my visit there and they made me think a lot, but growing up out here on the west coast, all you think about growing up is going to a Pac 10 school and playing in the Rose Bowl and stuff like that. That was a big part of my decision."

Wood also said he felt very comfortable with Washington as well.

"Their campus was great and the players and coaching staff were a lot of fun," Wood said. "I really bonded with the young players and just felt like it was the best fit for me. I'm really excited to be a Husky and my parents are really happy about it too.

"I'm also really happy to have it over with and to be able to focus on my wrestling and lifting so I can get up there and put myself in the best position to help them out next year."

Wood is fully qualified and will arrive with the other 2007 recruits when they report in July for orientation.

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