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December 6, 2007 9:23 PM

Ta'amu says "definitely I'm committing to UW''

Posted by Bob Condotta

The commits just keep on coming for the Huskies.

Defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu of Rainier Beach, one of the last big in-state recruiting targets for UW, said tonight he will sign with Washington next February.

"Definitely I'm committing to Washington,'' he said.

Ta'amu will take his official visit this weekend along with at least six other players. But he said he has already told UW coaches of his plans to become a Husky.

He took a recruiting visit to Hawaii last weekend and said that while he enjoyed it, he just couldn't see spending the next four years of his life there.

He said he was also sold by Husky coach Tyrone Willingham and the news this week that he will remain as coach.

"He's a great coach and a big reason I'm going there,'' he said. "I know everybody's complaining about him but just give him more time. I think we'll be way better next year, hopefully.''

He also said he was swayed by the relationships he has built with the two assistants who handled his recruiting, defensive line coach Randy Hart and linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Tormey.

"The relationship I have with that staff is real good,'' he said.

Ta'amu said he's been told he will play defensive tackle for the Huskies. He said he's 6-3, 330 pounds and hopes to get down to about 315 by next season.

As a DT, he figures to have an opportunity for immediate playing time if he can make a quick adjustment as the defensive line is an area of need for the Huskies with the top three tackles graduating.

With the earlier commitment of RB Johri Fogerson of O'Dea, UW now has 21 commitments for the Class of 2008 including 12 from the state of Washington.

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