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April 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

More on the latest UW commit

I had a chance to speak tonight with Tumwater coach Sid Otton about the latest UW commit, Tumwater defensive lineman Jaimie Bryant (and yes, there are two I’s in his name).

Otton said the 6-5, 275-pound Bryant would undoubtedly have had a lot of other options, but had his heart set on the Huskies for a while and gave the word to UW coaches tonight that he will become part of the Class of 2013.

“It’s what he wants,” Otton said of UW. “It’s close by, a great program. He wears Husky stuff around all the time. I think he just didn’t want to mess around anymore.”

Otton said the Huskies became interested in Bryant following the Class 2A title game in 2010 when Bryant had a big game in leading Tumwater past Archbishop Murphy, whose star lineman was current Husky Tani Tupou.

“He pretty much tore their line apart and created havoc and that’s kind of what got the interest of the Huskies at that time,” Otton said. “They offered him literally at that point. And then (new UW defensive coordinator) Justin Wilcox and the new staff came in. Sometimes new staffs will turn on you, but they liked him even more.”

Otton said the Huskies are recruiting Bryant as a defensive tackle. “He doesn’t mind being nose tackle,” Otton said. “He doesn’t have to be that guy getting the glory on the end. He doesn’t mind playing the tough technique inside and they kind of liked hearing that, I think.”

Bryant’s older brother, Hank, played at Idaho, so the sport runs in the family.

Otton said Jaimie Bryant also plays basketball and for a while played soccer.

“He’s just real athletic,” Otton said. “As a player, he’s got unlimited potential. He’s got the size, he’s athletic, and he’s a great kid. And he’s over a three-point student (GPA) so he does a really nice job in the classroom, too.”

Otton said Bryant is expected to attend UW’s Junior Day Saturday, which coincides with the Spring Game.

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