By Jimmy Durkin
Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 8:54 am in East Bay Football.
After keeping quiet over the weekend, McClymonds High’s Marcus Peters made public what he told his future college coaching staff Friday — he’s headed to the University of Washington.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back gave his oral commitment to the Huskies on Friday, then waited until Monday morning to announce the decision.
“I’m real excited to have it all done with,” Peters said. “It’s a rough process. You get so many phone calls, sometimes you just don’t want to pick up your phone.”
Peters chose Washington over Oregon State in the final days. He also visited and considered Washington State and Arizona State and had at least a dozen offers. The first day Peters can sign his letter of intent is Feb. 2. Schools cannot comment on commitments until then.
“(Washington) was the right fit,” Peters said. “The administration and the coaching staff just felt right.”
The Huskies went 7-6 last year and beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl to win their first bowl game since 2002. Coach Steve Sarkisian also recently signed a contact extension running through 2015.
Peters was the Bay Area News Group-East Bay Defensive Player of the Year after recording eight interceptions and providing blanket coverage for McClymonds, which went 12-0 and won the Silver Bowl 42-26 over Fremont. It was the first perfect season in school history for the Warriors.
Peters also was electric as an offensive weapon at wide receiver and in the return game. He scored 15 touchdowns, six of which came on punt or kick returns.
He’s the second McClymonds player to commit from this year’s senior class after linebacker Jeremiah Walters committed to the University of Idaho on Wednesday. The Warriors hope to have a few more commitments by signing day.
“We’re trying to put Mack back on the map,” said Michael Peters, Marcus’ father and a Warriors assistant coach.
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