The Kennedy Catholic sophomore is the son of former Husky QB Damon Huard.

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PULLMAN, Wash. — What was a forgone conclusion became reality just hours before the 111th Apple Cup: The Huard legacy will continue at Washington.

Kennedy Catholic sophomore quarterback Sam Huard, the top-ranked pocket passer in the 2021 recruiting class, announced his commitment to the Huskies on Friday.

Huard, of course, is the son of former Washington QB Damon Huard, UW’s director of community relations and the Huskies’ radio analyst. And like his uncle, Brock, Sam Huard is a left-handed thrower.

“He’s so excited, and why wait,” Damon Huard said before the Apple Cup on Friday afternoon.

UW coach Chris Petersen made a formal scholarship offer to the young Huard earlier this month.

Huard, 6-feet-2 and 175 pounds, has thrown for 7,597 yards and 76 touchdowns combined in his freshman and sophomore seasons for Kennedy Catholic.

Nevada was the first to offer Sam Huard a scholarship, shortly after his freshman season. Washington State soon followed. California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Boise State all offered this year, too.

Then came the offer from the Huskies.

“Obviously, he’s loved the Huskies since he was a little guy and he’s so fired up about this opportunity,” Damon said. “There’s a lot of pressure on these kids when they’re young. I think this (committing early) is going to be to his benefit, to just focus now on being a high school kid and get those grades right and play basketball and continue playing 7-on-7 … and know that, ‘Man, I’m going to do all I can to get bigger and better and faster and stronger,’ and not have to worry about getting to every camp in America and visit every college and put every uniform on”

The growing trend in major-college football is to get the quarterback in the fold early and then build the rest of the recruiting class around him.

“There’s no harder position to get right. Just ask the guys in the NFL,” Petersen said earlier this month. “So you’re trying to do homework, and I think there’s certain characteristics everybody’s into besides the physical characteristics. Then you keep wondering how the guy’s going to develop and progress. Some guys do a great job with it and some guys (don’t) — that’s human nature and life and you’re trying to watch that. Yeah, that’s the world we live in in college football.”