Adam Grant admits he likely would still be heading to the University of Washington to play football if Keith Gilbertson had remained head coach. But when Gilbertson announced last...

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Adam Grant admits he likely would still be heading to the University of Washington to play football if Keith Gilbertson had remained head coach.


But when Gilbertson announced last month he was resigning, Grant reopened his search. And the Puyallup High School senior found what he was looking for last weekend in Tucson, Ariz., committing to the Wildcats Sunday.


“I liked what I saw,” Grant said.


Arizona originally had not pursued Grant, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound end who committed early to the Huskies after receiving other offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Eastern Washington.


“My dad sent (Arizona) a video tape and they liked what they saw,” Grant said.


He said Arizona coaches have indicated they would like him to play tight end, a position he only took up this season. Grant, a preseason all-state choice at defensive end, said he enjoys the offensive role.


“You get the best of both worlds,” he said. “You get to catch the ball and you get to go make the big blocks.”


Grant said he committed before hearing Tyrone Willingham was going to be the Huskies’ next coach, but Grant knew the former Notre Dame coach was a candidate.


“Tyrone Willingham is a good coach, but Arizona looks like they’re going to go places,” he said.


The change in position coach was a factor, too, according to Grant.


“I’ve got to be comfortable with who’s coaching me,” he said. “The UW lost all their coaches. I like all the coaches down there (Arizona).




Notes


Meghan Miller, senior goalkeeper for the Kansas Jayhawks soccer team who starred at Roosevelt High School, has been named a second-team All-American. Miller finished her career by posting the best season by a goalkeeper in KU history. She led the Big 12 Conference in goals-against average (0.57) and save percentage (.881), while finishing second in shutouts (12).


• Sammamish High senior Alyssa Watts has committed to play softball at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Watts, an outfielder, batted .344 with 10 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases last spring.


David Carter, a former Mercer Island assistant, has been named boys soccer coach at Bellevue. He replaces Darryl Gonyea, who resigned last summer after three seasons. The Wolverines finished 1-15 overall last spring.


Times staff reporters Craig Smith and Matt Peterson contributed to this report.