One of the top pass rushers on the West Coast has announced his commitment and it's great news for Husky fans. 3-star OLB Ariel Ngata (6'4", 215 lbs.) out of Folsom (Calif.) High School has given his pledge to the Dawgs.
The Huskies have been among Ngata's top schools for awhile now and were the first school to extend an offer to him, back in November. Ariel says he started following the Huskies last summer at the encouragement of his head coach, who gave Chris Petersen and linebacker coach Bob Gregory his stamp of approval. A visit to Montlake in late February solidified UW's position and Ngata outright named them his leader in March. Ariel said he was sold on Petersen's Built For Life message and was blown away by Washington's facilities.
Ngata will come to Seattle from Folsom High School, the same program that produced Jake Browning. Washington was able to beat out Arizona, Utah, Washington State, BYU, Oregon, Oregon State, and Colorado among others.
Ariel plays both outside linebacker and defensive end for Folsom which should allow him to make a smooth transition to UW as he says he is being recruited as a hybrid, stand up pass rusher, Buck-type player. He had an impressive junior season in 2015, racking up 80 total tackles and 4 sacks.
Make sure to check out Ariel's junior season highlights below: