Baccellia Makes the Call for Dawgs

Andre Baccellia got his first offer from Washington, and that's where he will be playing his college ball, committing to the Huskies after a recent visit. he's hoping to bring one big prospect with him, too.

After visiting Seattle a little over a week ago, on Friday, Westlake Village (Calif.) three-star wide receiver Andre Baccellia pulled the trigger and committed to Washington, over offers from Washington State, San Diego State, Duke and Colorado.

“Washington just checked all the boxes,” said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver. “It was a whole combination of things. Last night, I had a meeting with my head coach, coach [Jim] Benkert, and my parents, as well. We went out and had dinner for a couple of hours, and just went down the list of things of what to look for in a college, what to see, what to not see, blah blah blah. We went down the list of things, and after that, I slept on it, and was thinking to myself, and I just thought that Washington was the best fit for me.”

Last season, Baccellia caught a team-high 46 balls for 954 yards and eight touchdowns, adding 314 kick return yards and 118 yards on punt return.

“We had a meeting with coach [Brent] Pease, my position coach, and he went through some of the film from 2013, and he sees me at the slot,” Baccellia said. “I’ll be in the slot, but they’ll get me outside and use me at both, moving me around and using my explosiveness.”

The decision – which came gradually, for Baccellia – has a big impact on the next recruiting cycle, as the young man throwing him the rock is Malik Henry, the 2016 five-star who had previously narrowed his list down to Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA. Could the Huskies get back into it for the No. 2 quarterback in the class?

“My quarterback, obviously, he’s a 2016, so I’m going to have to chip in a little bit,” Baccellia said.

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