Fogerson continues Irish pipeline

SEATTLE - Friday is his birthday, but Johri Fogerson wanted to give Husky Nation an early present. Fogerson, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete from O'Dea High School in Seattle, verbally committed to Washington Thursday over claimed verbal offers from Ohio State, Oregon, California, and others.

"I'm gonna be a Husky," Fogerson told's Kim Grinolds Thursday night. Fogerson is the second O'Dea player in two years to pledge to Washington. Last year Quinton Richardson signed with the Huskies.

"I had already committed to Ohio State last Saturday, but I sat down with my coaches and that's just really far away from home, and I want to be close to my Mom and my family. I had a lot of support. They are glad that I'll be close to home.

"So I decommitted from there and I'm going to U-Dub (Washington)."

Fogerson called Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham with the good news. "He was excited," Fogerson said of Willingham and his reaction to the commitment. "There were no words for what he felt."

There were rumors going around earlier in the week that had Fogerson phasing out the Huskies because they had waited too long to tender him a scholarship offer. They ended up offering him Wednesday.

"I heard about it (the rumors), but didn't see (them)," Fogerson said. "I never went out of my way to put them out of the picture."

It's all water under the bridge now. And what the heck - it's almost his birthday!

"I'm happy about it," Fogerson said of his decision. "It's time to go get a national championship."

And what should Husky fans see from him? "Be ready for an impact player, because the season is going to turn around," he said. Fogerson will start out at running back, but doesn't have a preference for offense or defense. According to the Seattle Times, Fogerson led the area in rushing, regardless of class, with 2545 yards on 217 carries and 34 touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 193 yards.

And he hasn't set up an official visit with UW yet, but he'll only be taking one trip.

"I found my home," he said.

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