Recruiting had just started to heat up for Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman safety Evan Zeger but after a recent visit to Washington, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder felt it was the right time to make his college decision.
So Zeger, whose father and grandfather played for the Huskies, committed to the Pac-10 school and does not appear to be interested in all the other programs that have recently started talking to him.
"Recruiting was just getting heated up for him and Northwestern and UCLA had just asked for his transcripts and UCLA and Oregon State wanted him to get up there right away," said Zeger's father, John. "Michigan had just jumped in and asked for a package and Arizona State and the whole deal.
"I told him let's see some people this spring and he just said, it just so happens the offer I really wanted was the offer I got so what do I do? Colorado had just jumped in last week and Washington State just before that."
Zeger, who played at Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline but moved back to Las Vegas because of family health reasons for his senior season, sat down with Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and after that meeting it seemed like he was sold on the Huskies - and no other teams.
The Washington assistants - especially defensive coordinator Nick Holt and secondary coach Jeff Mills - were also instrumental in landing Zeger, who finished with 50 tackles and four interceptions in his junior season.
"In his heart, he just really felt like that was the place and we sat down with coach Sarkisian for about half an hour and he loves coach Mills, they've really hit it off," John Zeger said. "He loves coach Holt and it kind of fell into place.
"As a father I said it doesn't hurt to really see what's going to shake out at UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon and Northwestern and Michigan but he said no, this is where I want to go. He says I know in my heart this is where I want to go."
Waiting was an option for Zeger, especially since so many programs had just started pursuing him, but he didn't make an altogether unorthodox decision.
Many recruits wait for a particular offer and once it comes they commit right away. In Zeger's case, the offer he wanted was his first and he decided not to deliberate any longer. He wanted to play at Washington and when the situation presented itself he jumped at the chance.
"I said it's your call, it's your career," John Zeger said. "We went over personnel and he pulled the trigger.
"I told him there are guys from Texas whether it's their first offer or their fifth offer as soon as the offer comes in from Texas they know from the beginning that's where they really want to be. They commit right then and there. They don't wait."