August 14, 2008
Huskies Pick Up Fourth Commit
The University of Washington picked up it's fourth football commitment earlier today when Fresno (CA) Clovis West safety Nathan Fellner chose the Huskies over offers from Washington State, Stanford and San Diego State.
"I called the football office and got connected with [Washington Head Coach Tyrone] Willingham. He was excited and so was [Washington Secondary] Coach J.D. Williams," explained Fellner. "They told me how excited they are to have me and how they want me to keep up the good work during my senior season."
It was Fellner's relationship with Williams that was a primary factor in the 6-foot-0, 200-pound prospect's decision.
"I've been in contact with J.D. a lot, and I think he's a very good coach," expressed Fellner. "He is one of the reasons I chose Washington. He has a ton of experience and he knows what it takes to make it to the NFL, since he was a first round draft pick. I'm very excited and I can't wait to play for him."
The Husky coaching staff is recruiting Fellner to play safety, though they've left the possibility open of which specific safety position he'll play.
"They see me at either safety position," said Fellner. "They will evaluate me and find the best spot for me."
Fellner, who's rated as the 56th best safety in the nation by Rivals.com, was taken back by Washington's tradition, Husky Stadium and U-Dub's fan support.
"What impressed me was how amazing the campus and stadium are. There is a lot of tradition at Washington - they are a great program. They won the Rose Bowl only seven years ago. I think they are on the rise and it was just the best fit for me," expressed Fellner. "Also, the fan support is great there. I was there for picture day, and the fan support impressed me a lot."
Fellner plans on visiting Montlake this season to take in at least one Husky game.
"I think me and my dad are going to go to a game this season," said Fellner. "My dad hasn't seen U-Dub, so I hope to take him to the BYU, Oklahoma or Notre Dame game."
Fellner's excitement to be a Husky is obvious.
"I'm excited to get on campus and work hard. I want to bring a winning mentality and contribute to the program," exclaimed Fellner. "I think we are going to be good soon and I want the rest of the recruits around the country to know how great of a place Washington is."
Last season, Fellner racked up 26 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles from the safety position. Fellner also plays running back for Clovis West, where he rushed for 454 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, while also pulling down 19 passes for 292 yards and two more scores.
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