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."
Q&A - Marlion Barnett
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