"I committed to Washington," Carta-Samuels said. "I had great visits to both schools but in the end, I felt Washington was the best overall fit for me. It was a lot of things, it wasn't just one or two but basically, Washington had the best combination of football and academics.
"I love the coaching staff and Coach Petersen has a great reputation of developing quarterbacks. I like Jonathan Smith a lot and I'm looking forward to working closely with him. I think I fit in well with the offense they plan to run and the academics really blew me away on my visit. I always knew Washington was strong academically but I was shocked just how strong."
Carta-Samuels added location also played a role as well as playing in the Pac 12.
"I liked the idea of staying closer to home," Carta-Samuels said. "When I was committed to Vanderbilt, I was fine leaving home but when it came down to Washington or Boise State, I liked the idea of staying closer to home and playing in the Pac 12.
"I grew up watching Pac 12 football and all the teams I followed played in that conference. To have the opportunity to compete against these teams I grew up watching is going to be a lot of fun. It has been stressful the last few days and I've been doing a lot of thinking about everything. The more I thought about it, the more Washington just felt right and I'm thrilled right now to be a Husky."