Washington has had some nice early success this season on the recruiting front and especially on the in-state players. The Huskies landed thier 5th commitment of the year and 4th from in-state from talented defensive back Vonzell McDowell.
McDowell, 5-9, 165 pounds is one of the top cover corners in the West and had a solid showing at the NIKE Camp in Stanford back in May. The athlete clocked a 4.56-40, 4.10 shuttle and jumped 36 inches in the vertical.
The Huskies offered McDowell recently and the corner decided to jump on it late last week.
"There were a lot of reasons for me to commit," McDowell said. "I looked at the depth charts of all the schools recruiting me and Washington loses a lot of corners next year. Playing early was important to me and I think I have a have a great chance to play a lot, at least by my sophomore season at Washington.
"I also like the coaching staff a lot and I've been impressed with the players that have committed to UW already this year. The fact that Washington is the big in-state school, that played a little part but not that much. I would leave the state if it was the best thing for me but it is an added bonus that I'll be close to home and my family can see me play."
Despite his commitment, McDowell did add that he wants to take official visits to other schools when the fall rolls around.
"That's just something I've always wanted to do," McDowell said. "My commitment is solid, but at the same time, I'm not closing the door on other schools just yet. I'm still looking at schools like UCLA and Cal and would like to visit both. I just like the Pac 10 a lot and I want to see what else is out there but my commitment is solid and I'm very happy with Washington."