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August 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Another new Husky — Kasen Williams picks UW

The Huskies got the good news many were expecting tonight as Skyline High receiver Kasen Williams said he will sign with UW next February.
It’s the latest in what has been a string of good recruiting news for the Huskies, who now have gotten commitments from the top two recruits in the state — Williams and Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, each in the last two weeks.
Here’s some video of Williams:
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Mason Kelley, who covered the announcement for our paper, will have more on the high school sports blog. Williams said he will attend UW during a ceremoney at Skyline High tonight that followed a team scrimmage. Kelley also has this story on Williams’ announcement.
Kelley reports that Williams played with a few hats that were on a table in front of him and then asked his father, Aaron, to help him out. Aaron then unzipped his jacket and took off his old UW jersey and put it on Kasen. Aaron Williams played receiver at UW from 1979-82. (Interestingly, that No. 2 jersey has since been retired in honor of Chuck Carroll, a consensus All-American in 1928).
Williams is rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 4 receiver in the country. However, Allen Wallace, the national recruiting editor for Scout.com, told me recently that Williams “is the No. 1 wide receiver in the United States, period. If Washington ends up reeling in Kasen Williams, that’s another strong move on their part.”
I just heard UW coach Steve Sarkisian on KJR-AM and while he can’t talk specifically about Williams he said that in general, he had vowed to “put a fence around the state of Washington” when he took over and that “it’s pretty evident we are doing that.”
ESPN.com West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, who has been predicting for a while that Williams would end up at UW, said recently that landing Williams “definitely sends a message that Washington is on the rise and that Sarkisian is building a winning program.”
The 6-2, 195-pound Williams could give UW the kind of dominating receiver it hasn’t had since Reggie Williams in the early part of the decade. He turned down Cal, LSU, Florida and Notre Dame, among many others, to stay home.
He is the 17th commit for UW’s Class of 2011 (here’s a list).
The next big target for UW is QB Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz., who has narrowed his choices to Washington and UCLA. He visited UCLA last weekend and told Biggins that it was a good visit but that he still is considering each school equally. He said he’d like to make a decision within two weeks of his trip to UW.
Now that UW has gotten the top two recruits in the state, the next highest-rated target is lineman Danny Shelton of Auburn. He has said he wants to take some official visits — possibly all five — before making a decision, so news on him is a ways off. He has said UW, Cal and Oregon are recruiting him the most avidly at the moment.

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