Tivao is headed to Washington

Teams from all over the country have had their eyes on Cerritos DT Johnny Tivao (5-11, 330), but Washington was the only school to offer the talented run-stuffer from the southern California JUCO ranks and on his official visit to Seattle this weekend he committed to head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff.

"I got offered when I got up here," Tivao told Dawgman.com. "Coach Sark told me I had an offer and I said, 'If I do, then I'm a Dawg' and I'm really excited to be done and have my offer."

Tivao's host on his trip was DT Cameron Elisara.

"He's a guy who lived on the east side of the mountains and came over here," Tivao said. "He said he's real excited about the new staff and the University of Washington is the place to be if you want to win because their record was bad and they are hungrier now.

"He also said the new coaching staff is going to work them hard, but if they do what they are supposed to do, then they will get better and they will beat some teams next year."

As a freshman, Tivao managed to post 71 tackles and won Cerritos' MVP award for his efforts and this year he posted 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss.

In addition to his offer from Washington, Tivao was also getting interest from Cal, Boise State -- the team he signed with out of high school -- New Mexico State, San Diego State and Nevada.

Tivao has to take a full load of classes during spring quarter to get qualified, but he said he's on pace to be done in May and he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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