It was last summer when Will Dissly, a defensive lineman from Bozeman (Mont.) High, first met then-Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
In early December, Dissly felt comfortable enough with Petersen and the Boise State coaching staff that he made a commitment to the Broncos.
Even after Petersen left for Washington, the Huskies’ new coach didn’t stop recruiting Dissly, who had a pretty good idea when he flew to Seattle over the weekend he’d end up committing to the UW.
“Coach Petersen is a great guy,” Dissly said. “I’ve known him since last summer now, and every time I talk to him it feels like I know him more and more. The biggest thing coming on the trip was just making sure I felt comfortable living in Seattle. I’m coming from a small town (Bozeman’s population is about 39,000) … but I did feel comfortable on campus.”
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Dissly, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound two-star recruit, became the fifth Boise State recruit to follow Petersen and switch his commitment to the Huskies.
“Coach Petersen’s a really great guy — genuine, upfront, honest. He’s not going to beat around the bush,” Dissly said. “He’s going to tell you straight up what he has to offer and what he expects. It’s a good deal.”
Another recruit, three-star wide receiver/defensive back Sidney Jones out of West Covina (Calif.) High, announced Monday night on Twitter he also intends to sign with UW on Feb. 5.
Jones, listed at 6-1, 170 pounds, was committed first to San Jose State last summer and then to Utah last month. He had been with Dissly and nine other recruits on their official visits to UW over the weekend.
“It’s funny,” Jones told Scout.com, “going into the visit, I wasn’t really that interested in Washington. I was really just visiting for a vacation, but my eyes were opened up in a big way — and now I’m a Dawg.”
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