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Four-Star Running Back Connor Wedington Decommits from Washington

The local prep star had originally committed to the Huskies in February.

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Back in February, Summer (Wash.) High School four-star running back Connor Wedington became one of Chris Petersen's earliest committed players to Washington's 2017 recruiting class. Last night, however, Wedington announced that he was backing off of his commitment, calling it the "toughest decision of [his] life."

The "opportunity" to which he refers is likely a scholarship offer to attend Stanford University, which has been a strong draw to the academically-minded Wedington throughout the recruiting process. Stanford reportedly sent out notices of acceptance to applicants yesterday, lending further credence to the idea that his acceptance to one of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning was just too much to pass up.

With this move, Wedington becomes just the second player to back off of his commitment to Washington since Petersen became the program's head coach three years ago. With fewer than two months to go until signing day, expect to hear more about Petersen and running backs coach Keith Bhonapha's efforts as they fight hard to regain Wedington's pledge and reaffirm the fence the program has built around the state of Washington in recent years.