3A Player of the Year to walk on

It didn't take a lot of arm-twisting to make Matt Coombs stay home. The Seattle Times Class 3A Player of the Year spurned offers from St. Mary's and Western Washington to stay home and walk on at the University of Washington. It was a no-brainer for Coombs, who grew up wanting to be a Dawg

"I grew up in the area and I've been going to Husky games since I was 5," Coombs told Dawgman.com Tuesday night. "I remember taking boats across the lakes to go to games. It was going to take a lot to not go to school there. I had some good options, but they just weren't as good of a fit for me."

St. Mary's and Western Washington both had offered Coombs and Utah State came on late and also looked poised to pull the trigger on an offer. "They wanted me to visit, but I was visiting St. Mary's that weekend," Matt said. "They wanted to wrap things up pretty quickly and I wasn't able to do that. I don't blame them for wanting to do that."

The 6-0, 195-pound Coombs called Keith Gilbertson today to pass along the good news. "I called and left a message with Coach Gilbertson this afternoon and I just got back from a basketball game against Liberty," Matt said. "I talked to Coach Gilbertson last night and he said they would be excited to have me. He told me that he really felt I could play there."

There is some precedent here. Bellevue's Owen Biddle walked on in 1999 and now he has a full ride. "I've talked with Owen and he told me that he'll help me out if I need anything," Coombs said. "This is just something I've always wanted to be a part of."

Besides being the Class 3A Player of the Year, Matt was all-area and all-state and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named him the area's Defensive Player of the Year. He was MVP of Bellevue's 3A championship triumph over Lynden in December. He was also named the Eastside Dfensive Player of the Year and the KingCo 3A Defensive Player of the Year. He ran for just over 1000 yards for the Wolverines and had 10 interceptions on defense.

His first shot with the Dawgs? You guessed it - defense.

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