Some prospects might not be looking at Washington any longer with the departure of coach Steve Sarkisian to USC but not Myles Gaskin.
The 2015 running back from Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea who has already been offered by Washington and Washington State said bringing in coach Chris Petersen from Boise State brings him even closer to the Huskies, already considered to be the frontrunner.
"I talked to coach (Kenyon) Blue and coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo," Gaskin said. "They are the main two guys recruiting me for Washington and they said the scholarship is still there and the offer is still there on the table. They told me not to worry about the coaching change. They're going to handle it and they'll be back on top. They said not to have any worries.
"Just knowing (Petersen) came from Boise and Boise was a winning program. I've heard good things about it. That would be a good place for me to go. I'm not sure yet but it's instate and I'm sure he's a great coach. It definitely made me more interested. Some people might have been pushed away because Sark left but it probably brought me in more."
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound three-star prospect who had a big junior season said he would love to get over to the Washington campus and meet with Petersen but he knows that will come with time.
Petersen is busy finalizing his staff so Gaskin said he'll be patient and will look to meet with the new Washington coaches soon.
"I would like to meet him of course but I know they're going through some stuff with the new coaching staff and the coaching change," Gaskin said.
"I know they have the bowl game coming up so they have some other stuff to do which I understand. We'll probably talk after the season and I'll take an unofficial. I know what it's like down there because I have a lot of friends that go to Washington. I want to meet him and see what it's like."
Much more interest is coming in for Gaskin, who said Arizona State might be close to offering. Oregon State, BYU and Colorado are also getting involved.