Khalfani Muhammad had not been hearing anything at all from Washington - really no recruiting letters or questionnaires - so it came as a surprise recently when the Huskies were the first to offer the 2013 running back.
"All of a sudden I got a message from my coach saying we had to call Washington so we called them up and they said they wanted to be the first to offer us a scholarship," Muhammad said.
"That was kind of surprising because we didn't get any letters from them. We got letters from many other schools but they didn't offer yet."
Muhammad is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound running back from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame who rushed for 851 yards and 13 touchdowns in his sophomore season. He was one of the top performers at the recent Los Angeles Under Armour Combine.
Now that he's on the board with a Pac-10 offer, Muhammad said it's a big relief even though the Southern California prospect is still just wrapping up his sophomore year. He has already talked with Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and running backs coach Joel Thomas.
"It's a big relief knowing that all the work I've been putting in is paying off," Muhammad said. "All I want to do is go to a D1 school. Knowing I have a school on board with me that shows me I have a lot to come and that I'm on the right path.
"I'm still doing my research on them. I don't know much about them. Right now I'm still searching through a lot of schools."
Muhammad said Washington, USC, UCLA, Texas A&M and Oregon have been the programs most involved so far. Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Utah State are also showing interest.
At the Under Armour combine, Muhammad turned in one of the day's best 40-yard dashes at 4.56 seconds.