Persley says he's a Dawg

Heading into the offseason, the Washington Huskies definitely had a need to fill some depth at cornerback. Before Saturday, only two had committed to the Huskies and one of those was a redshirt junior. That all changed this weekend as Redlands East Valley CB Marquis Persley became the third corner to commit to head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"I committed to coach Willingham on Saturday," Persley told "It was just a great visit and I was in a meeting with him and my parents.

"I told him I wanted to be a Husky and he was really happy. He's always calm and cool and so he didn't like jump up or anything, but he was happy that I committed to them."

Persley said he enjoyed every aspect of the trip, from the campus to the coaches to the players. However, he said one thing really stood out to him.

"Just walking onto that field was amazing," Persley said. "It's really big and walking down the tunnel with all those plaques of their bowl games was pretty cool too.

"It's a great stadium and I'm looking forward to playing there for the next four or five years."

Matt Mosley was his host on his trip and the two bonded pretty well.

"He was real cool," Persley said. "We just hung out with the players a lot and he showed me around the campus and where I would be spending most of my time."

Persley plans to major in computer science and said that a local company who hires a lot of Washington grads also had an influence.

"Microsoft hires a lot of their graduates and that was very important too," Persley said.

With his commitment, Persley becomes the 27th player to pledge to the Huskies for the 2007 recruiting class.

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