Washington, Cal, Notre Dame, Florida and LSU were the five finalists for Kasen Williams but after much deliberation the Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline wide receiver wanted to stay close to home and follow in the footsteps of his father, Aaron, who played wide receiver for the Huskies from 1979-82.
It wasn't a major surprise.
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound four-star prospect, had long been linked with Washington, mainly because of his family's connections to the school and Friday he verbally committed over many other prestigious programs.
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"Growing up, everybody talks about how my dad was one of the better receivers at U-Dub and had this great catch and all this type of stuff and for me it was just wanting to be able to fill his shoes and in sort of a way wanting to prove that I'm better than him," Williams told The Seattle Times. "It's kind of like a friendly little competition of mine.
"That's one of the things that keep me humble when he tells me I'm OK, that I'm not better than anyone else.
"I believe that I am just OK and that there's always something for me to work on, something for me to get better at. Until he tells me I'm great I'm going to continue to work on everything. I haven't heard him say it yet but I'm still working on it."
It has been an outstanding month for Washington since it received commitments from four-star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a four-star recruit from Gig Harbor, Wash., who picked the Huskies instead of Texas, Long Beach (Calif.) offensive lineman Siosifa Tufunga, a sleeper in southern California and now Williams, who finished with 74 receptions for 1,209 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
Washington now has three four-star pledges in its class in Seferian-Jenkins, the nation's second-best tight end by Rivals.com, Williams and Fresno (Calif.) Central East running back Brendon Bigelow.
Rivals.com rates Williams No. 13 at wide receiver, No. 128 nationally and fifth in the Washington state rankings. He moved up considerably in the latest round of rankings after putting together some impressive performances this summer.
According to The Seattle Times, Washington has now landed two of its top three recruiting targets in Seferian-Jenkins and Williams. Chandler, Ariz., quarterback Brett Hundley is the third and he's visiting with the Huskies this weekend.