Alemany OL pulls trigger

Recruiting is a funny thing. It can be as quick as lightning or as slow as molasses. In the case of Mark Armelin, it couldn't have happened much faster. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Bishop Alemany in Mission Hills, Calif. was all set to take his official visit to Washington this weekend, but decided he didn't need to wait to know where he wanted to go.

"I pretty much talked to coach (Chris) Tormey tonight and I asked him how long coach (Tyrone) Willingham was going to be at Washington and he told me that he planned on that being his last job," Armelin told Scott Eklund Monday night when the big man made his pledge to the Huskies. "Coach Tormey said it was the first good news he'd heard all day and he was really happy. I tried calling coach Willingham but I guess he's in some conferences so they're going to try and call me later."

Armelin chose Washington over an offer and an official visit from Fresno State, as well as strong interest from Oregon State. "My parents were just really happy I had offers to choose from and they are really happy for me," he said. "They wanted me to make the decision for myself so they are just really excited.

My parents and I will be up there (Seattle) this weekend and I'm looking forward to getting up there and checking everything out."

So why didn't Armelin just wait the extra week before making his final decision? "I committed because of coach Willingham and him being there and because of the schedule next year," he said. Washington plays Ohio State, Boise State, USC, Oregon and Washington State at home. "I'm really excited to play that schedule because it's a tough one and that should be fun."

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