Bellevue offensive lineman Morgan Richey announced this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Washington.
Richey, listed at 6-feet-5, 281 pounds, is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com. He said he had also been considering Yale, UCLA, Utah and Penn. Oregon, like UW, had recently offered Richey a spot as a preferred walk-on, but he wanted to stay close to home.
“It’s definitely exciting for me,” Richey said in a phone interview. “I’ve always loved watching the Huskies growing up right across the lake, and this is really a dream come true.”
The UW coaches, he said, “expect that I’ll compete just as much as the next guy on the roster. I’ll compete from Day 1 to be one of those five guys on the line.”
Richey will join three former Bellevue teammates already on the UW roster: offensive linemen Michael Kneip and Jake Eldrenkamp and linebacker Sean Constantine.
Bellevue defensive end Shane Bowman has also made a verbal commitment to the Huskies, and Richey said he and Bowman went head-to-head often in high school practices.
“Shane is a horse,” Richey said. “He’s a big guy with a huge motor. … He normally kicks my (butt).”
Of course, the Huskies are waiting on one more recruit from Bellevue — Budda Baker, the Northwest’s top prospect who has narrowed his choice to UW and UCLA.
“Everybody’s wondering,” Richey said. “Every time I ask him he just laughs and says he doesn’t know either.”
Here are Richey’s senior season highlights for the Wolverines.
Officially committed to the University of Washington as a preferred walk on. Couldn't be happier with my decision! #GODAWGS
— Morgan Richey (@BigRich425) January 30, 2014