Cree talks about decision to become a Dawg

Early Friday, a report came out that Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) DE Connor Cree had set a timeline of June 1st to make his decision, but after thinking about things and talking them over with his family, the talented prospect decided there was no reason to wait any longer and he ended things with a phone call to Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian letting him know he wanted to be a Dawg...

"I was really thinking about which school I really wanted to go to," Cree told Dawgman.com Saturday evening. "I really enjoyed my trip to Boise State and they showed me a lot of things about their program that were great, but in the end, after I talked to my family and with coach (Doug) Nussmeier, I just decided there was no reason for me to wait any longer."

Cree called up the Husky coaches shortly after coming to his decision and let them know, but before he could let anyone outside the "inner circle" his father, David, said he had to call the other coaches to let them know he made a commitment to Washington.

"He just wanted me to be upfront with them and it was a tough phone call to make," Cree said. "I called the Washington State and Boise State coaches and told them that it was a tough decision, but I chose U-Dub."

Besides his offers from Washington, Boise State and Washington State, Cree also had offers from Connecticut, Colorado State, Wyoming and Idaho.

"My dad is a graduate of Oregon and they are the school I grew up liking," Cree said before sheepishly admitting, "I actually grew up hating the Huskies, but after I got to know the coaches and realized what they had going on there, it was a pretty easy choice.

"I really liked the staff a lot and after meeting with coach Ivan Lewis, the strength and conditioning coach, I really felt good about making my decision to play there."

In addition to his father's Pac 10 affiliation, Cree's mother received her degree from Washington while his older sister is a student at Washington State.

"Yeah, my mom is pretty happy," Cree said. "My dad is too. They are both happy I'm staying closer to home and that they get to watch me play some more."

Cree, who currently measures in a little over 6'4" and weighs 220 pounds, said that Washington's coaches are projecting him to play the 'LEO' (a hybrid linebacker/defensive end spot) in their defense and that he thinks he could easily add 30 to 40 pounds on his frame and still maintain his explosiveness and flexibility.

While the recruiting process is over for Cree, he said he will now turn into recruiter, trying to bring his teammate and close friend, WR Kasen Williams, along with him.

"Kasen and I grew up playing football together," Cree said. "We played four or five years of youth football together and he and his family live about a block from me, so we're close.

"I'm definitely going to be working on him to commit so we can keep playing together. I would love to keep playing together."

Cree becomes the 10th known commitment in Washignton's 2011 recruiting class joining Dorsey (Los Angeles) LB Matthew Lyons, Stanwood (Wa.) OL Dexter Charles, Archbishop Murphy (Everett) DE Taniela Tupou, Long Beach (Ca.) Poly CB Kameron Jackson, Walnut (Ca.) DE Aubrey Coleman, Paramount (Ca.) OL/DL Maataua Brown, Norwalk (Ca.) FB Elijhaa Penny, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) S Evan Zeger and Central East (Fresno) RB Brendon Bigelow as verbals to the Dawgs.

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