Callier says he's a Husky

It's been a busy week for the Washington coaching staff. After a tough loss to Arizona State last Saturday night, the Husky coaches were watching film on Sunday and they got a call from Warren (Downey, Ca.) RB Jesse Callier. After a few minutes of talking to head coach Steve Sarkisian, the talented runner got the offer he was looking for and committed on the spot...

"Coach (Johnny) Nansen and I have been talking for a while now," Callier told late Thursday evening. "We talked on Saturday before their game against ASU and he said they were going to be evaluating me over the weekend and they would have a decision on (whether to offer) me on Monday.

"So I played on Saturday night and I wanted to tell coach Nansen how I did (he had 249 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns against Dominguez). When we were talking he told me to hold on and he got coach Sarkisian on the phone.

"After we introduced ourselves and talked for a few minutes he asked me if I wanted to be a Husky and I said yes. That's when he said I had a four-year scholarship waiting if I wanted it so I committed to him right there."

Callier said besides his offer from Washington, he was getting some interest from San Jose State, Oregon, BYU and Arizona State, but it never got very far.

"Washington was the school I wanted to go to from the beginning, even before they started recruiting me," Callier noted. "I knew about coach Sarkisian and the coaches he was hiring and I knew that program would come back up and sure enough they've had a really great season so far."

While Callier is a stud on the offensive side of the ball - 1,486 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns in six games - he's also coveted by Husky cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin as well.

"I talked to all the coaches and they congratulated me on my decision and said they were excited," Callier said. "Coach Martin said he was going to fight for me on defense so I could be a playmaker over there for him.

"He said he wasn't sure how that might go over with the offensive coaches, but he said he's going to fight for me for sure."

So does Callier have a preference?

"Not really," he said matter-of-factly. "I just want to play ball. I really don't care where they put me as long as I can play and help them in any way that I can.

"Coach Sarkisian even said he could see me back there taking kickoffs and punts back as a true freshman which is great. To play in the Pac 10 as a freshman would be amazing. I can't wait."

Callier noted that some of the Husky coaches expect to be at his game next week against Paramount and that they will be talking soon about setting up his official visit.

That had better happen early as Callier said he's got his mind set on graduating early.

"I spoke with my counselor and she gave me the go-ahead that I could do it and get up there early," Callier said. "I have to take two on-line courses along with my regular school load and that should be good enough for me to make it up there for spring ball."

We'll have more from Callier down the road, but according to him he's satisfied with his decision and will not be re-thinking things even if other schools decide to offer him.

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