Gardenhire flips to Washington
DB Darren Gardenhire
DB Darren Gardenhire
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 16, 2013
Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst


After receiving his dream offer this morning, Long Beach Cabrillo (Calif.) defensive back Darren Gardenhire wasted little time in switching his commitment from Washington State to Washington.

Darren Gardenhire committed back in the summer to San Jose State but de-committed from the Spartans last month when several Pac 12 programs got involved. He took visits to Utah and Washington State before committing to the Cougars.

He had visits set up with Colorado and Boise State but canceled both and said he was done with the recruiting process. That all changed when Washington offered this morning.

“Man, Washington has always been my dream school,” Gardenhire said. “When Coach Petersen left Boise State to take the job at Washington, I was hoping I would get an offer. He called me this morning and told me he was offering and I was so excited about it.

“My whole family has always been big Husky fans. I have a lot of cousins who go to school there including Dwayne Washington. I’ve already visited the school twice and camped with them in the summer. I stayed on campus with Dwayne and just love the place. There was no doubt I was going to commit but I had to do it right so I called Washington State and de-committed first.

“They actually took it really well and understood. Then I needed to talk it over with my family first but like I said, they’re all big UW fans so that was easy. Then I called up Coach Petersen again and told him I was ready to commit. It’s an awesome feeling right now and I have no doubt this is the best thing for my future.”

Gardenhire can play anywhere in the secondary and is a dangerous return man as well. He had a strong spring playing for the Snoop Dogg All-Stars and then exploded as a senior.

"I can play safety or corner, they didn't really specify for me," Gardenhire said. "I just want to play and help the team. Whatever gets me on the field fastest, that's what I want to do. This is an incredible day for me. I really had no idea when I woke up this all would happen but like I said, this is my future we're talking about and Washington is just the best all around fit in every way and I can't wait to get there."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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