One of best gauges that the Washington Huskies are on their way back is when they dominate in-state recruiting. The Huskies landed who many think is the Evergreen State's best prospect for the class of 2007.
That player is tight end/linebacker Chris Izbicki (6-3, 245, 4.8) from Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington.
Izbicki chose the Huskies over other offers from Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona State.
The word was Cal was on the verge of offering and the Bears were on the Lake Washington campus today. USC is another big time program showing Izbicki some recruiting attention.
Over the past few years this is the kind of player who may have opted to play somewhere else. This gives you an indicator how well Willingham regime is progressing.
"It's official, I'm a Husky," Izbicki said. "They're my hometown team and I've always wanted to play for them. It's kind of like a dream come true."
"I like the whole Washington coaching staff," Izbicki said. "Coach Tyrone Willingham is one of the greatest human beings I have ever met."
"I love Coach Willingham's attitude toward football and life," Izbicki said. "He knows there is more to life than football and that is why he wants me to get a good education, too."
"Another reason I chose the Huskies is I want to be part of their coming success and help them get back to the top," Izbicki said. "I'm done with the recruiting process and the only visit that I'm planning will be to Washington."
Izbicki was an all-state selection as a tight end while earning all-league honors on both sides of the ball as a junior.
From his tight end position, Izbicki caught 29 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
On defense, he picked up 58 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Good early get for the rebuilding Huskies.