Zach Okun was born in the Seattle area so there is a distinct connection for the 2015 offensive lineman from Newbury Park, Calif., who was offered by Washington in the last few days.
The Huskies were an early favorite for the 6-foot-4, 303-pound prospect who also has an offer from UCLA and that might play a factor as his recruitment continues.
Since he's just a sophomore there is a long way to go but UCLA and Washington are both being seriously considered.
"I talked to an assistant coach from Washington, they called and it just kind of happened," Okun said. "I was really excited.
"I loved Washington growing up in Seattle. I used to go to their games and it was one of my best memories when I was a young kid."
Okun, one of the top sophomore linemen in California, moved away from Washington when he was five or six years old so there isn't a long-lasting connection to the place but an offer from the Huskies is a big thing.
UCLA was the first to offer Okun, who had considered an early commitment to the Bruins but has decided to hold things off in his recruitment. Still, UCLA has held an edge in his recruitment for a while.
The two other main schools showing a lot of interest in the 2015 prospect are Texas Tech and Oregon. An assistant coach from the Ducks is expected to stop by his school in the coming days.
Alabama, LSU, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, USC and Wisconsin have also reached out with early interest.