Future Husky focused on getting to Seattle

In a bit of a coup, the Washington coaching staff was able to reel in one of the top tacklers in the state of California. Corralling Culver City LB Victor Burnett from the likes of Oklahoma, Arizona State, Arizona, Nebraska and West Virginia wasn't easy, but now that he's committed he plans to enroll early and he wants to make an early impact...

"I chose them over Oklahoma and Arizona State mainly," Burnett told Dawgman.com recently. "They were just the school that showed me the most attention and how much they wanted me and needed me. Don't get me wrong, Oklahoma and Arizona State did a great job of selling me on their schools too, but there was always something about Washington and the way that coach (Demetrice) Martin recruited me and how he talked about things with me. I just felt like they were my best option, so I took it."

In addition to his connection to the Husky coaching staff, Burnett said the fanbase and the atmosphere at Husky Stadium when he visited were a key to his commitment as well.

"The fans were hyped up for the game against LSU," Burnett said. "I've been to a lot of USC games, but I've never heard anything as loud as that place.

"It was crazy there and the stands were nuts. It was definitely an atmosphere I wanted to be a part of."

Heading into his senior year, Burnett expected to play football, then continue to work out and get ready to enroll next summer wherever he committed like most other football recruits. However, after Washington perused his transcripts and credits, it came to light he could leave early and he said he jumped at the chance to do it.

"Basically, U-Dub brought it up and after talking to my counselors they said I could do it if I wanted to," Burnett said. "I guess you only need 220 credits to qualify to graduate and I had 215 heading into my senior year, so after I finish up things here in late January, I will be way over what I need to graduate.

"You think about what you might be missing out on if you leave early, but to me, it was more about looking to the future and getting ready for the next step and chapter of my life. I wanted to get up there for spring ball so I could make an impact as soon as possible."

This season Burnett led Culver City to a 9-2 record while posting 94 tackles, four sacks and an interception.

He said he plans to major in communications once he arrives at Washington and, to get a jump on things, he's been communicating with two other highly-touted linebackers who he knows pretty well.

"I've been talking to Hayes Pullard and Josh Shirley a lot during the process," Burnett said. "Hayes and I know each other real well and I keep telling him about Washington and how great it would be for us to play linebacker together up there.

"I know he loved his trip up there and I'll keep working on him. I'd love to play with him instead of against him which I had to do the past few years.

"Josh and I don't talk as much as Hayes and I do, so I haven't talked to him in a little while, but I know it's been reported that he's down to Washington, USC and UCLA and I think he loved his trip up there too."

Burnett said once he finishes his schoolwork in late January, he will head north to Seattle in March to enroll for spring quarter.

We'll continue to keep tabs on him as we get closer to signing day on February 3rd.

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