Four-star athlete Connor Wedington has decommitted from the Washington Huskies, citing a desire to attend a university that can provide “finest education” in the country.
The Washington Huskies suffered a blow on Friday evening, when 4-star athlete Connor Wedington decided to decommit from the program and reopen his recruitment. In a very respectful letter released on social media, a gracious Wedington stated his reasons for decommitting.
“What a ride! I never, in my short 17 years here, could have imagined myself as anything but a Husky. UW is my home town school, the coaches are truly amazing, and I’ve been honored to be part of the backbone of this recruiting class. I have recently been provided an opportunity that was too hard to pass up. I’ve always believed that education is the strongest currency in life after football and while I relish in the blessings God has given me to play this sport, I wish to set myself up with the finest education our country can provide. Out of respect for the coaches at UW, and the pressure out there to find recruits, I’m officially, and respectfully de-committing from the University of Washington and re-opening my recruitment. This is a decision that I’ve prayed over and has been well-thought-out with my family for awhile. I thank you for your grace. (I’m not accepting media requests at this time.) [sic]”
Hailing from Sumner, Washington, a town roughly 35 miles south of Seattle, Wedington is the nation’s No. 6-ranked athlete and No. 66 overall ranked player. He was the second-highest ranked player in Washington’s class, behind only defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu.
Given Wedington’s strong emphasis on academics and West Coast ties, Stanford appears to be the new clubhouse leader for his commitment. It should be noted that Stanford was listed at No. 1 in the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural school rankings, which graded every university and college in the nation for 2016. Of Pac-12 schools, Washington was No. 61 overall, behind Stanford, USC (15), UCLA (26) and Cal Berkeley (37).
A weighty recruiting weekend prior to the upcoming dead period could provide Chris Petersen and Washington’s staff an immediate salve. Foster Sarell, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 2 overall recruit, will reportedly be in Seattle visiting the program. As will 4-star safety Chaz Ah You and 4-star cornerback Keith Taylor, the latter of whom is currently committed to play for the Huskies.
With the departure of Wedington, the Huskies now have 13 remaining commits in the 2017 class.