Huskies pull in first 2011 commit

Washington is hosting one of the largest groups of 2010 recruits this weekend, but on Friday they got off to a rousing start for the 2011 class when Fresno Central (Ca.) ATH Brendon Bigelow decided to put a stop to recruiting and commit to the Huskies the day after he received his offer from the Dawgs.

Bigelow's coach, Casey Quinn, confirmed to on Friday night that one of the top playmakers on the west coast has indeed committed to the Huskies.

"Washington has always been a high school of interest for him and when he got the offer from them he was very excited," Quinn told "He and I talked about it and I told him to go home and talk to his family about it and that's what they did last night.

"I made it clear he had a couple of options. He could either commit to them right now and end things or he could say that he was honored to get his offer, but he wanted to keep his options open for a while.

"When I talked to him today he said he and his family had talked about it and he and his parents feel real good about Washington and what they have going on up there and that it was the best situation for him."

Quinn said schools from all over, including Texas A&M, Florida, California and Stanford had been by the school to get his tape and to get a look at him, but had wanted to wait to see how the talented prospect recovered from the ACL injury he suffered in the second round of the playoffs.

"Brendon ran a 10.61 100 last year as a sophomore, so his game is all about speed, but he's tough too," Quinn said. "He just had his surgery a couple of weeks ago and he's going to be just fine. The doctors were pleased with how it went.

"Washington really impressed him by offering even before he'd recovered and that was a big reason he decided to make the commitment to them."

Last season, before he was injured, Bigelow posted 1,000 yards on 87 carries for an 11.49 average per tote to go along with 14 touchdowns.

Quinn and his staff also used Bigelow and his speed outside as a receiver where he posted 23 receptions for 327 yards and three more scores.

"Right now, I'm not really sure where he will end up, but I think he could play just about anywhere, even on defense," Quinn said.

As far as how hard it will be for the Huskies to keep Bigelow, Quinn said he wouldn't worry.

"Brendon is a kid with a lot of integrity and I believe he's a young man of his word," Quinn said. "I made it pretty clear to him that if he did this, it was for the long haul and he said he understood and wanted to make that decision."

Quinn said Bigelow's grades are solid and he shouldn't have any trouble on the academic side of things.

We'll do our best to get in touch with Bigelow this weekend to get his thoughts on things.

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