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Four-star OL commits to Washington

The Washington Huskies continue to roll in the state of Hawaii.

Kapolei four-star offensive tackle Julius Buelow, the No. 4 overall prospect in the Aloha State for the 2019 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings, became the latest player from the islands to announce for the Huskies, going public with his commitment Saturday while on an official visit to campus.

“For me, it was mostly about the culture,” Buelow told 247Sports. “The foundation that the coaches have built over the last few years was really big for me. I know that the school is great and the academics are above a lot of the other schools I was considering.

“Notre Dame was probably the only one that was up there in both academics and football, but I just felt at home with the Huskies and that whole coaching staff. Washington was my best and most well-rounded option and I’m really excited to be a part of the program.”

After a round of offseason trips, the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Buelow narrowed down his final group to four programs — Notre Dame, TCU, Utah and Washington —and he said he has no plans to take additional visits.

“I’ve seen a lot of the top guys committing really early and I wanted to get ahead of the curve, too,” Buelow said. “I’m planning to graduate early in December and leaving for college in January, so all of that plays into it. I’m getting all my classes done. Making my decision this early will also hopefully help me start acclimating and focusing on the future. I want to compete as a freshman and my ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL, so I think having a semester under my belt before other freshmen get in could be very good for me.”

Buelow visited each of his top suitors this past offseason, including the Huskies and Fighting Irish back to back in early June. Washington held a healthy lead in the Crystal Ball with all six votes heading into the final stretch. He became the fourth offensive line commit for the Huskies in the current class.

“The coaches started recruiting me toward the beginning of my junior year and that’s definitely when my interest began,” Buelow said. “We had been in some contact but they hadn’t offered me yet, so when they came down during the evaluation period my junior year, that was a big moment for me.”

Before securing Buelow, the Huskies had already landed commitments from three other Hawaii-based prospects — Kaimuki four-star defensive tackle Sama Paama, Kahuku three-star linebacker Miki Ah You and Punahou three-star kicker Timothy Horn. The “Purple Reign” could extend even further, with Washington being considered the favorite to land Honolulu St. Louis four-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele and having made the top eight for Kahuku four-star offensive tackle Enokk Vimahi, who could very well take an official to Seattle later in the process.

“Washington was a bit of a surprise to us when we were on campus for the Big Dawg camp,” Buelow’s mother, Ilaisipa, said. “Notre Dame and Utah had always been dream schools in a way, as well as UCLA. When you talk to coach Chris Petersen, you just feel really calm, which is unusual with a football coach. We just fell in love with the entire staff when we were there during summer.”

Buelow is the nation’s No. 317 overall prospect and No. 34 among offensive tackles, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He has committed to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl next January.

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