Travis Feeney had been committed to Arizona for a long time but after visiting Washington last weekend and hearing what the coaches had to say about the academics and the program's future the Pinole (Calif.) Pinole Valley defensive back felt he needed to make a switch.
"The visit really just made me see that this was the school for me," Feeney said. "I got a feeling this was the place. I needed to make a decision and I had to pick Washington.
"The academics are great. I want to go into pre-med and their medical school is one of the top ones around. They have great plans for me and the coaching staff is great. They're building up to go to the Rose Bowl. They're not building just to be satisfied. They're building to go to the championship. I wanted to be a part of that."
Feeney, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star prospect, had plans to visit Cal this weekend but after committing to Washington earlier in the week decided his recruitment is over.
The Northern California prospect has played a multitude of positions in high school ranging from safety to linebacker to defensive end. Some believe he might play safety in college but he's certainly big enough to move to linebacker if that's where Washington needs him.
Feeney had been committed to Arizona since August but after talking with coach Steve Sarkisian, investigating the academic opportunities at Washington and being sold on the coaching staff's vision, he knew the Huskies were the right fit.
"Every second they were talking about the future," Feeney said. "Like my home visit when they came but before talking about football coach Sark brought up academics which is the main thing to me.
"Without thinking about football, he talked about what I'm going to do after football and that's when he brought up academics. He said we're building not to just win seven or eight games. We're building to go to the championship."