For Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds offensive lineman Allen Carroll, his decision came down to a pair of Pac 10 schools. In the end, Washington was able to squeak by Arizona and land the talented lineman.
Carroll, 6-4, 300 pounds has been one of the state's top line prospects since his sophomore season. He took official visits to both Washington and Arizona and committed to the Huskies on Monday while Coach Willingham was in the house for a home visit.
"Coach Willingham really laid it out for me," Carroll said. "He talked about how much I they needed me and told me I would have a chance to come in and start next season. He said they really want to get back to the Rose Bowl and he feels I'm the kind of player that can help them get there.
"I really liked my visit to UW a lot and I think along with Coach Willingham, their academics put them over the top as well. I think they have one of the best combinations of academics and athletics around and I'm just excited to be a Husky.
"It was a tough decision because I really liked Arizona a lot too. Both were great schools but I just feel Coach Willingham is such a great person and the kind of guy I want to play for. I also have my boy Willie Griffin, who played with me at McClymonds so that will be cool having someone I already know there."
Carroll played tackle at the high school level but will likely play guard in college.