Washington was the first school to target Darien Washington and after the Orange (Calif.) Lutheran cornerback visited the Huskies for their spring game he had a strong feeling it was the place for him.
A few weeks later the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect committed.
"They were actually the first school I started talking to a month ago and they were sending me letters and my coach sent them my film and they got back to him and said they were really interested and liked the way I played," Washington said.
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"From there we just kept in touch and then coach (Nick) Holt came down to see me in practice and we talked on the phone and went over grades and what it means to be a Husky. They offered me and I went down to their spring game and about two weeks later coming back from there I committed to them."
San Diego State, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon also were showing interest in Washington, but he found everything he was looking for with the Huskies and decided to end things early.
The whole situation looked appealing. Washington liked the academics, the coaching staff, the players and the environment around Seattle so the Orange Lutheran standout figured he would make his pledge.
"Going down there I really liked the environment and I liked Seattle in general," Washington said. "It's just a different world than California. The football team and the coaches were really nice.
"I liked everything they were talking about as far as defense. I fit into their schemes and I know their schemes so that all helps, too. I want to major in business and that program is really, really good. It just felt right. It felt like the place for me to be."