Riva says he's a Dawg

O'Dea (Seattle) OL Ben Riva has long been rumored to be a Husky lean and on Monday he made it official when he committed to the University of Washington.

"I committed to Washington," Riva told Dawgman.com on Tuesday. "I was just thinking about things and it was just too good to pass up so I decided just to end things and commit."

Riva committed to head coach Steve Sarkisian and line coach Dan Cozzetto shortly after Washington's first full-pads workout of spring football.

"Coach Sarkisian was really happy and coach Cozzetto told me it was great to have me," Riva said. "On Saturday I spent a lot of time watching him work and doing his thing and he reminds me a lot of my high school coach and that's why I thought it was a good idea to get in." Riva has played both tackle and guard for O'Dea over the past two years, but his future lies at tackle where he can use his athleticism and quick feet.

Riva had told Dawgman.com on Saturday he still planned to take unofficial visits to Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA and USC and he also expected to attend Washington State's spring game, but he now says those plans have been cancelled.

Riva joins Lakes LB Darius Waters, Lakes DT Sione Potoae, Auburn LB Chris Young, O'Dea FB Zach Fogerson and Narbonne (Harbor City, Ca.) RB Melvin Davis as a commitment to the Huskies' 2010 recruiting class.

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