Before Steve Sarkisian became Washington's coach, Jamaal Jones never really considered playing for the Huskies. He wanted to stay in the Pac-10 but thought he'd end up somewhere out of state.
Everything changed when Sarkisian came to Washington and revitalized the program in a few short seasons. Now Jones has committed to the program and adds an important piece to an impressive group of recruits.
"He's turned it around a lot," Jones said. "A couple years ago before he was there I wasn't even thinking about going to Washington.
"I thought I'd end up in California somewhere. After he came up to Washington and I watched them play last season it really changed my mind. He's really changed the program a lot and a lot of guys are committed to it."
Jones is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin who was one of the top prospects at the recent Eugene NIKE Camp. He was clearly the best receiver.
Washington State and Idaho had also offered and many other programs were showing interest but Jones has long been considered a heavy lean to Washington.
He ended his recruitment with his pledge and is the second receiver in Washington's class along with Walnut, Calif., recruit Aubrey Coleman.
"Their coaches were all cool," Jones said. "I got to know each one of them. I've been up there about five times. They offered me a long time ago.
"It's pretty much that I'm the most comfortable with them and all my friends will get to see me play. I'm right at home and I just really like it there."