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November 30, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Middleton, Kearse talk about commitments

Just got back from the press conference with the official news that surely brightened UW coach Tyrone Willingham’s week: Kavario Middleton and Jermaine Kearse made their commitments to UW official.
Lakes senior Jermain Kearse made up his mind first, on Wednesday night, that he would commit to UW. When he came to school Thursday, he told his coach, Dave Miller, and then UW wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett came down to the school.
When Miller and Kearse started talking about a press conference for today, they could see the smug look on Kavario Middleton’s face. Middleton, the state top-rated recruit, finally broke down and said he was ready to make his commitment to UW, too.
“Coach Baggett ran over and put you in a headlock, didn’t he?” Miller asked Middleton.
“He tackled me,” Middleton answered.
Then, Miller added: “It reminded me of a 5-year-old on Christmas morning getting that bicycle.”
These commitments clearly meant a lot to the Huskies. Kearse and Middleton, were two of the top four in-state recruits that had yet to make a decision. That leaves Kennedy DE/TE Everette Thompson and Rainier Beach OT Alameda Ta’amu as the other two, who UW is surely recruiting heavily.
UW coach Tyrone Willingham spoke to both Kearse and Middleton yesterday, and UW QB Jake Locker called both of them last night.
This is what Middleton had to say: “I kind of knew from day one I was going to U-dub because my family’s here, and my parents have supported me well through everything I’ve done since I was little.” He added that there wasn’t ever a time he thought he wouldn’t be playing at UW.
Said Kearse: “First of all, I committed first. He committed after me. I kind of had to persuade him a little bit.”
It appears that it was never their intention to commit together. It just happened that way.
“We never told each other where we were going,” Middleton said. “We always kept it from each other…We wanted to make our own decision.”
Both said they want \Willingham to remain coach, but their commitments aren’t dependent on his status. They said they’re going to UW no matter what.
Interesting note: Willingham told both of them that when they came on their official visit — Kearse’s is Dec. 7, Middleton’s in January — they should ask AD Todd Turner about where Willingham stands.
Middleton and Kearse said they have been recruited to play on offense. So that means Middleton, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, would play tight end. Kearse, 6-feet tall and 168 pounds, would play receiver.
Both have been told by Husky coaches there will be an opportunity for them to play next season.
“I want to play early,” Middleton said. “That’s a big factor.”
Middleton has also talked to Lorenzo Romar about the possibility of playing basketball. He said he’d have to see how he feels after a year of playing football.



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