Q&A - Marlion Barnett

Kim Grinolds from Dawgman.com spoke Wednesday morning with Marlion Barnett, a 6-foot-3, 213-pound TE prospect from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. Here's what Barnett had to say about signing with Washington and other topics.

On faxing in his letter to Washington at his school. "I kept thought I was messing up and my signature didn't look right. I was nervous but I got over it."

On committing without a coach in place - "I took an unofficial visit and I really liked the environment and everything. That was a place I could stay focused on my work. I started getting nervous when I found out coach Willingham would be let go. When coach Sark got hired, it made me so happy. And my official visit just confirmed my commitment. I just fell in love with the place."

On his official visit - "It was more personal. I completely loved it. The players, hanging out with them...they treated me so well. I got to see the city more. I just fell in love with it more."

On his thoughts about Willingham being let go: "What if they get a coach that doesn't like you as a player? He may like you as a person, but what if you don't fit with his program?"

On the coaching search: "I kept hearing about Pat Hill and Jim Mora in the beginning. I didn't hear about coach Sarkisian until he got the job. I was on the internet scouting players and saw the news. I was immediately excited because I worked with him at the USC camp, and he liked the way I played, so I knew he would like me. We just pretty much clicked from then on."

On talking with the new staff: "From the first time I talked to him until now, they wanted me. I'm a good fit for the position I play."

On Barnett as a player: "You're going to get one of the most competitive people you've ever seen. I do not like losing at anything. If I do I'm going to work as hard as I can to be the best. You'll get big catches and big plays. In high school I made big plays in big games, so I'm going to try and transfer that to the college level."

On the thing that excites him most about being a Husky: "It's a new beginning. Going from this season, anything can happen. It's a fresh slate."

On what Barnett wants Husky fans to know about him: "I want them to know that I'm going to be bringing a new type of player and I'm hungry. I'm going to try and give them a show."

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