Derrick Brown was happy with Utah and liked a lot about that program but when the Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta dual-threat quarterback visited Washington this weekend he felt like it was the perfect fit.
The offense worked, the coaching staff worked, the academics worked and so Brown decided to switch his commitment from Utah to Washington. He couldn't be happier with what lies ahead with the Huskies.
"Jake (Locker) is graduating and going to the NFL and I felt like it was a great opportunity for me to get better and learn from some great coaches like coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (Doug) Nussmeier," Brown said.
"The program is up-and-coming, it's a great school and the academics are second to none. I'm not knocking anything about Utah. Utah is a great school and they're going to do great things. I just went to Washington and got a great vibe and it was more of a fit for me than anything."
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect is enamored with Washington's offense because he feels it suits his strengths - taking advantage of his running ability and throwing the ball deep downfield.
In his senior season, Brown threw for 1,568 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 992 yards and 18 scores.
"They were expressing the fact they needed a guy that fits their system," Brown said. "I saw some film on them and what they do is basically what I do.
"I like to run the ball, I like to show that I have a strong arm. I fit their system and that was another reason why I made the decision to go there."
Rivals.com rates Brown, a three-star prospect, as the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback nationally and No. 53 in the California state rankings.
What also made his decision to switch easier was that he immediately jelled with the Washington staff - especially Sarkisian and Nussmeier.
"Coach Sark is a very energetic guy," Brown said. "He's young and he's produced a lot of quarterbacks whether at USC or Washington.
"Coach Nussmeier is great. He's been through everything I want to go through as far as going to the college and the NFL. The NFL is my ultimate goal. They're great guys to play for. The whole coaching staff is young and has so much fire. I loved it."