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June 25, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Another new Husky?

Juanita High coach Shaun Tarantola tonight has confirmed an earlier Scout.com report that UW has received a commitment from defensive end/outside linebacker Jarett Finau of Juanita High in Kirkland.
Finau is 6-3, 235 and also had offers from WSU, Hawaii, BYU and Arizona, among others.
Tarantola said Finau committed earlier in the week while attending UW’s Rising Stars camp, a day after receiving his offer, but waited to announce it until after his team had attended a similar camp at Oregon State.
“He’s really excited to be a Husky,” Tarantola said. “He was just blown away by their coaching staff. He’s hit the camp circuit the last three months and met a bunch of coaches but being close to home and really being impacted by them helped (UW) a lot as far as him making his decision.”
Finau attended Marysville-Pilchuck High last year before recently moving into the Juanita district. He will play his senior season for the Rebels this fall.
Scout.com reports that Finau will play one year at UW in 2011 and then head off for a two-year Mormon mission and Tarantola confirmed that will be the case.
“Their coaching staff assured him that was fine with them to go that route and that was something that really excited them,” Tarantola said of Finau, who becomes the 14th known commit for the Class of 2011 (like the rest, he’ll sign his official letter-of-intent in February).
Both Scout and Rivals.com rate Finau as a two-star recruit, the latter also rating him as the No. 14 player in the state of Washington.
However, Tarantola thinks that Finau’s stock will rise this season. Tarantola said UW is recruiting Finau as a strongside outside linebacker (the position Mason Foster played last season). He will also play that position this year for Juanita.
“I’m very impressed with his ability,” said Tarantola, who was previously the coach at Evergreen High for the likes of current Huskies Senio Kelemete and Luther Leonard. “This is his first year at Juanita, he moved here three months ago, so we didn’t really get a chance to know him too well until three months ago. I think he’s a guy that’s late on the radar and a late-bloomer, but he’s a physically gifted athlete for his size, moves very well and is pretty light on his feet but also a very physical football player. The combination of being able to move and being physical excited college coaches.”
Finau first began to really catch the eye of colleges at the Phoenix Under Armour Combine in March, as this ESPN.com story details.
Here is some video of Finau:
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