Finau announces college decision was able to confirm Friday night that Jarett Finau, a 6-foot-3.5, 235-pound defensive end from Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash., has verbally committed to Washington over scholarship offers from Washington State, Arizona, Hawaii, BYU and Utah State.

"I committed (to Washington)," Finau said, adding that he actually made his commitment earlier in the week. "I went to the Rising Stars camp Tuesday at U-Dub and I actually got an offer from them Sunday (after the OL/DL camp). It was my sixth offer.

"Before that, I liked all the other offers, but the offer from U-Dub had a distinct flavor about it. It was definitely unique from the others. So I did some soul searching while at the camp, and after thinking about it I knew it was the right thing to do."

Finau cited the fact that Washington is close to his eastside home, so his parents don't have to travel to see him play in college. He is also Mormon, and it helped that Washington's Head Coach, Steve Sarkisian, went to BYU. "Since he went there, he just understands the whole jist to it," Finau said, adding that he definitely plans on serving his two-year mission after going to school first for a year. "Coach (Sarkisian) said he would honor that."

So how was Sarkisian's reaction to Finau's decision to stay home? "He was excited," Finau said. "I was honored in a way, because was a lot of barking going on. I was flattered!"

The Huskies, even though they worked him out at defensive end, like Finau as a big athlete. "A lot of my offers were for athlete," he added.

So why did Finau wait to announce his decision? "I wanted to wait until after our team camp at Oregon State," he said.

Finau brings Washington's current commit total to 14. UW's last commitment, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove LB Scott Lawyer, was also at UW's Rising Stars camp, but admitted that he had actually committed to the Huskies at least two weeks before it became public.

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