Poway, Calif., three-star defensive tackle Nick Wood said he had a check list that his final school must have when it came time to make a decision.
And in the end, he said one lucky Pac 10 school had everything he was looking for.
"I actually committed to Washington about 30 minutes ago," Wood, who is 6-foot-2 and 272 pounds, said. "I think it was just the perfect place for me. In terms of the criteria in what I was looking for it fits all of the things I want. I'm pretty excited. It's a great institution. When I went up to the visit, I really liked all the players. I felt like I fit in pretty well.
"All the coaches are also excellent. I feel I can learn a lot from them and make myself a better player with their direction."
It also didn't hurt that the Huskies were on the West Coast.
"I get to play on the West Coast now and in the Pac 10," Wood said. "You can't beat that combination."
Wood said the Husky coaches were excited about the decision.
"Coach Willingham and coach Hart said they were excited to get to work with me," Wood said. "They really didn't have a lot of time to talk, but they said they would get back with me a little later and talk with me more. I know they're really busy now, but they were excited. So am I."
UDub fans will get a chance to see Wood play live on national television on Jan. 4 in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"I was looking at the roster on Rivals.com," Wood said.
"Some of the offensive linemen on the East are really big boys, but I'm just as physical as all of them. I have good strength and that's going to allow me to do well. I also play consistent, and I'm a good leader. I think that's going to really help me against all of these talented players.