New Washington coach Chris Petersen has lured one Bellevue High School player away from a Pac-12 North rival.
Will another Bellevue star follow?
Shane Bowman, a 6-foot-4, 242-pound defensive end, announced Monday on Twitter his intentions to sign with Petersen and the Huskies, moments after backing off his long-standing commitment to attend Oregon State.
“I think it’s a tremendous get for UW,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said. “He’s relentless. He’s play hard every single snap … and he’s one of the strongest kids we’ve ever had.”
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Bowman’s verbal commitment to UW comes three days after his Bellevue teammate, Budda Baker, announced that he was de-committing from Oregon and opening his recruitment again. Baker, The Seattle Times state player of the year, is expected to choose between UW and UCLA on the Feb. 5 national signing day.
“He’s just trying to make sure,” Goncharoff said of Baker. “He’ll take his visits and then he’ll figure out what’s best for him and his family.”
Bowman, rated as three-star recruit by Scout.com and 247sports.com, was a bit of a late bloomer in the recruiting circles. He accepted his first offer from a Pac-12 school, OSU, in July, but changed course after Petersen arrived at UW last month and offered Bowman a scholarship.
Bowman tweeted that the Beavers ultimately “were not the perfect fit for me.”
Defensive tackle Greg Gaines, a three-star recruit from La Habra, Calif., committed on Sunday evening — becoming the third recruit to follow Petersen and flip his commitment from Boise State to UW.
Monday morning, kicker Tristan Vizcaino, a kicker out of La Verne, Calif., committed to the Huskies, switching from Washington State.
Bowman, Gaines and Vizcaino were among the 15 recruits who made an official visit to UW over the weekend.
The Huskies have 12 known recruits committed in a class ranked 64th in the nation by Scout and 73rd by 247sports.com.