Meet Washington's newest signal caller

Carl Bonnell is a 6-3 190-pound quarterback from Kent, Washington. At Kentwood High School he was a three-year starter and went 37-4, winning two state titles. His reputation was that of a very accurate passer that can scramble for yardage when needed. He was the #8 rated QB on the West Coast by PacWest Football last year when he committed to Washington State.

When we reached him tonight, he had just returned from the Rose Bowl where he watched his former team lose to Oklahoma 34-14.

"The Rose Bowl was amazing. It felt like there were millions of people there, all wearing red and white. It was a great experience," said Bonnell from his parent's Kent home.

Carl took a recruiting visit two weeks ago to Seattle and decided that he would become a Washington Husky. He'll enroll on January 6th and participate in spring football this March.

"I decided at the end of that visit that I wanted to be a Husky. My mind knew that I knew that I should be a Husky. Their construction management major is one of the best in the nation. And the football program, growing up on the west side of the state, is a dream come true. Marques Tuiasosopo and Brock Huard were my idols, growing up," said Bonnell.

Bonnell was grayshirting at WSU, meaning that his eligibility clock had not started so he was once again a recruitable athlete. Washington had recruited Bonnell last year but never offered him a scholarship once Isaiah Stanback committed.

"Coach Neuheisel called me over Thanksgiving. He talked to me and asked if I still had a desire to be a Husky. I blew him off at the time, but then the whole Mike Price thing happened. I looked deeper and I realized that the Huskies have what I want. It's all there. I told Neuheisel that after my trip, and he was elated. This was what I wanted to do, no more switching schools. This is it," said Bonnell.

Then came the hardest part of the whole ordeal. "It was extremely stressful to call Coach Doba and tell him. I really liked it over there, it was really hard, but I knew that I had to do it. Nobody gave me a hard time, though."

At Washington, Bonnell expects to redshirt in 2003, meaning that the Huskies may take a pass on any other freshman quarterbacks. "I'll take this year and a half to get as good as I can and hopefully I can beat out a few guys. I know that Washington has offered a few quarterbacks, but Coach Neuheisel seems happy with what he's got now."

"I'm pumped up and ready to get out there and be a part of the Husky experience. If you have been to a lot of games at a lot of different schools, you know that the Huskies can offer something special that isn't just anywhere. I'm really excited."

With Bonnell the true freshman now in the fold, the Huskies have depth in just about every class with senior Cody Pickett, sophomore Casey Paus, and redshirt freshman Stanback.

Carl wanted Husky fans to know that there is one Cougar that deserves a tip of his cap. "My brother Ray was awesome through all of this. I really respect him for that. He was very supportive."
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