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January 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Bellevue offensive lineman Morgan Richey to walk on at UW

A triumphant Morgan Richey is raised up with the 3A trophy after the Bellevue Wolverines won the 2013 3A Gridiron Classic against Eastside Catholic at the Tacoma Dome Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Bellevue dominated the game, winning their sixth straight title 52-20. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

A triumphant Morgan Richey is raised up with the 3A trophy after the Bellevue Wolverines won the 2013 3A Gridiron Classic against Eastside Catholic at the Tacoma Dome Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Bellevue dominated the game, winning their sixth straight title by a score of 52-20. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

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.

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