It’s been a hot few days for recruiting for the Washington Huskies and the good times kept rolling on Saturday. Hours after landing 4-star defensive end Zion Tupola-Fetui, Washington was able to secure a commitment from 4-star offensive/defensive lineman Sam Taimani.
Taimani announced his decision on Saturday, while on an official visit, and told 247Sports’ Blair Angulo that he is shutting down his recruitment and committing to the Huskies.
“My relationship with all the coaches has been great and, with coach Chris Petersen being the first head coach to drop in for a visit, he really sold it for me,” Taimani said. “He made sure I knew that they wanted me bad. It was crazy to see him that first week and know how big of a priority I was for them.
“They were telling me it’s more than football. He made sure to assure my sister that I would be taken care of. Coach (Ikaika) Malloe has talked to me about three years over three months — he has been there since early and they were one of my first offers, so that was big. I’ve known him for a couple years and some coaches just started to reach out a few months ago, so for me it was definitely about those relationships.”
Taimani becomes the 17th committed player for the 2018 class. The recent flood of commitments has vaulted Washington in the national ranks, where they now come in just outside the top 10 at No. 11, per 247Sports composite rankings.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound lineman is the 7th highest-rated guard in the nation for 2018. He also held offers from 14 other schools, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and other Pac-12 schools Oregon, Colorado, Utah, UCLA and Arizona.
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