Huskies steal one from the Warriors

Washington continues to reel in some big athletes who can run and their latest commitment is a perfect example of that. Punahou (Honolulu) ATH Kimo Makaula had committed to the in-state Warriors, but there was something always drawing him to Washington. caught the story from his father, Kimo Sr., about why the Huskies were the program his son had wanted to be a part of...

Doris Sullivan of the PIAA gave the heads up that Makaula had made the switch and we were able to confirm with his father that the news was something Husky fans would be happy to hear.

"He decided to commit and accept and offer from the University of Washington," Kimo Sr. told on Tuesday. "They were always on his radar, over the past year, but I guess with all the coaching changes and all that, they weren't able to commit to my son. Now that they have the new coaches in, coach (Steve) Sarkisian, coach (Nick) Holt and coach (Jim) Michalczik they wanted my son to come over and he was excited to be a part of it."

The Honolulu Star Bulletin First Team All-State selection chose the Huskies after originally committing to Hawaii and over an offer from UNLV as well as interest from Oregon, Colorado and Arizona among others.

"(The coaches) said he's a pure athlete and that they haven't seen someone who is a three sport varsity athlete since his freshman year do as much as he has," Kimo Sr. said. "They're excited because of his size, his speed and because he's an athlete. They said they watched his tape for two minutes and fell in love with him."

Kimo's father also noted that his son's familiarity with the campus as well as the area were a big reason for why he will be donning the purple and gold next fall.

"He's been up there for two years, since his sophomore year, in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic," Kimo Sr. said. "When we got back from his first trip when he was a sophomore he was already in love with the school and the campus and everything about Husky football.

"I have a bunch of friends like Ink Aleaga, who I played with, and back then he was excited to see all of the Polynesians and it was an area he could live in. He enjoyed the city, the campus, the facilities and it was just the ‘Cherry on the Cake' with coach Sarkisian there now."

The younger Makaula will be in Seattle this weekend for his official visit and we will have more on his story after that.

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