Though running back Emeka Megwa is technically a 2022 recruit, he has decided to forgo his senior season at Timber Creek (Texas) High School and will enroll next week for the beginning of the fall quarter, UW announced Wednesday.

Megwa — who is ranked as a four-star recruit and the No. 20 athlete in the 2022 class by 247Sports — verbally committed to UW on July 1 over offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, USC and many more. He earned enough credits to graduate early and will immediately join the Husky football team as a true freshman this fall, though he’s not expected to be available to play due to an injury.

A 6-foot-1, 220-pound power back, Megwa rushed for 730 yards and 5.5 yards per carry with 12 touchdowns in an abbreviated junior season at Nolan Catholic in 2020 — before eventually transferring to Timber Creek. He was a first-team all-state and all-district selection as a junior. And in 2019, he racked up 1,786 yards and 27 scores.

“(He’s a) talented running back,” UW head coach Jimmy Lake said on Thursday. “He’s really big. He’s physical. He sees where defenders are going to be before they show up. He breaks tackles and makes guys miss. Now we’ve just got to get him here and he’s got to learn our techniques, our schemes. We’ve got to get him in shape, and we’ll be very patient with him.”

At UW, Megwa will join a running back room that already includes sixth-year seniors Sean McGrew and Kamari Pleasant, sophomore Richard Newton, redshirt freshman Cameron Davis, second-year freshmen Sam Adams II and Jay’Veon Sunday, and true freshman Caleb Berry.

It’s a crowded stable of running backs.

But Lake called Megwa’s early addition “extremely helpful.”

“The earlier the better for us, selfishly,” he said. “But again, it’s a personal decision for the prospect, whether they want to enter college early or not. But now that Emeka has decided to learn early, for him to learn all of coach (Tim) Socha’s strength and conditioning techniques, for him to get indoctrinated into how we do things around here and how we represent the University of Washington and how we go about our schoolwork, how we practice, our schemes, the earlier the better.”