Huskies pick up third commit

The recruiting news continues to be good for the University of Washington as they picked up their third commitment for the 2011 class when Norwalk (Ca.) RB/DE Elijhaa Penny decided to make his decision early in the recruiting process. spoke with the talented athlete recently and he told us of his decision as well as how firm it is...

"I actually made my decision early yesterday morning and called coach (Johnny) Nansen to tell him I wanted to commit to Washington," Penny told this morning. "He was all excited and we talked about a lot of things. It was really exciting for me and my family and I guess it was for them too."

Penny said UCLA, Iowa, Hawaii and Idaho were the schools making the most contact with him, but that when Washington offered he knew almost immediately that they were the school for him.

"My dad has some friends that live up there and they love it in Washington," Penny said. "I've also talked to some former (Norwalk) players about it up there and they all said Washington is a lot better than being down here (in Los Angeles).

"I've never even been outside of Los Angeles county, so I'm taking an (unofficial) visit up there, probably next month if things work out. I want to see the school and meet with the coaches and just get to know the place I'm going to be."

Seeing as recruiting was just getting started, many would tend to think Penny would be easily swayed if some new schools offered. He said that isn't the case though...

"Washington is where I want to be," Penny said. "I'm not going to re-think about it. They offered me and I want to be part of that program.

"They are up and coming and they have a great staff. I really feel comfortable with them and I know it's the right place for me."

Penny is a versatile athlete, posting nearly 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground as the Lancers' top offensive threat while also posting 44 tackles and eight sacks from his defensive end position.

"I don't know where they want me right now, but wherever it is, I'll play where I can contribute and help them win," Penny said.

His physical skills are outstanding, posting a 4.69 forty time last summer at 240 pounds, while also putting up 185 pounds 20 times on the bench.

"I'm working hard on my speed, my quickness and my strength," Penny said. "I want my senior season to be huge. We were 11-2 this past season and I want us to be even better this fall because it's my last chance."

Penny becomes the third commitment to Washington's 2011 class, joining RB Brendon Bigelow and S Evan Zeger on the list.

Click here to view Penny's junior season highlight reel.

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