The pick is in for Troy Fautanu.
After narrowing his long list of choices early in the summer, the three-star offensive tackle from Henderson (Nev.) Liberty announced his commitment to Washington on Thursday night, picking the Huskies over finalists California, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah.
Washington emerged as the front-runner heading into the season in large part due to the relationships Fautanu built with the coaches on staff.
“Troy went through 22 different criteria when making his decision and the most attractive piece was his bond with coach Scott Huff at Washington and obviously head coach Chris Petersen,” Liberty assistant coach Shawn White told 247Sports. “They talked to Troy about not just football but everything that goes into being a Washington Husky man — opening doors for females, saying thank you to the cafeteria ladies, everything. Troy gravitated toward that and he wants to make a name for himself up there. He felt very comfortable with the program and the overall direction. It’s big-time program and, at the end of the last couple years, it’s been clear that Washington is a top four program in the country.
“Washington can take a player like Troy who is so long and versatile and they can develop him. They spent a lot of time making him feel comfortable and that was the biggest thing.”
The 6-foot-4, 263-pound prospect logged thousands of miles in the offseason and traveled all over the country to get a closer look at his options. He has amassed 19 offers, with USC viewed as the other big contender.
Fautanu’s visit to Seattle in June left the most lasting impression.
“The visit I took there didn’t surprise me because I knew what to expect with coach Chris Petersen,” Fautanu told 247Sports after his trip. “I was very impressed with the program and Washington is climbing its way up there. I really liked the visit and being around some of the guys, meeting coach Scott Huff and getting a feel for everything in Seattle was great for me.”
Fautanu saw his stock soar during the spring evaluation period given his toughness, versatility, length and flexibility. He can line up on either side of the ball, but most college coaches have been projecting him as an offensive tackle. Fautanu has good lateral quickness to slide over and offset the pass rush, and he’s also strong enough to get a good push in the run game.
The Huskies currently hold commitments from offensive linemen Nathaniel Kalepo and Corey Luciano in the 2019 class, along with four-star Sama Paama who has the potential to play at the line on either side of the ball. Washington is also in heavy pursuit of Kapolei, Hawaii, four-star offensive tackle Julius Buelow in this class, as well as a few other linemen out West.
Fautanu is the nation’s No. 59 offensive tackle in the 2019 class and No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Nevada, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings.