October 10, 2001

VERBAL: Local Defensive End Commits to Washington

Washington has received itís 5th Verbal Commitment.

This time the man of the hour is Moses Lake, WA defensive end Jordan Reffett.

Jordan told Realdawg.com that at around 9:20 pm this evening, he called Husky Coach Rick Neuheisel to inform him that he wants to accept the offer that Washington made to Jordan on Tuesday night, thereby giving the coach his verbal commitment and also giving the thumbs up to Realdawg.com to spread the word and let the Husky Nation know they have a new name to add to the Class of 2002.

Jordanís name will also be added to the list of Kentwood HS scholars who are now inhabiting the Husky roster, including RS Freshman Will Conwell and Walk on Running back John Gardenhire. In addition to Jordanís name being added to the list of commits who are local, which up till now has just contained one name, that of Dan Milsten from Rogers High School in Puyallup.

While Jordan is now a resident of Moses Lake, WA and a Senior at Moses Lake HS, his roots are on the West Side where he spent the first part of his high school career at Kentwood HS and the decision to go to Washington wasnít too hard, considering one of his closest friends is now a Husky, "Will Conwell would have been really bummed if I hadnít come up. Plus, I just bleed purple and gold and this was my dream to go there and be a Dawg and come out of that tunnel. I canít wait!"

And what did the Husky coach have to say? "He's fired up, he said 'that's the best news I have heard all day!',and he told me to go out and play hard now and concentrate on school now that I have this out of the way. He seems totally pumped and sounded a little relieved."

Jordan himself is very relieved, "I can now just focus on my season. It's so exciting, just a dream come true."

Having grown up around Husky football, Jordan waited patiently throughout the evaluation process and felt that his reward came when Rick Neuheisel spoke those magic words Tuesday night and made Jordan his offer.

While Washington State had been making a strong case for Jordan in the meantime, and Idaho had also stepped up to the plate to offer the kid nicknamed "Pain Train" early on.

Jordan is more than fit to take his ferocious game of football to the D1 level, at 6-6 245 Jordan has been noted for his aggression and ability to take over a game on the defensive side of the ball.

Last spring, we first heard about Jordan from Will Conwell, who's commit we reported in January of 2001 after a long process of decision for the Kentwood grad, "He's a player", Will told us then, "I am sure that Washington will go after him and you need to make sure you start writing about him."

When we first spoke to Jordan, he said "I know I will end up at Washington, it will happen."

Now it has.

"I just want Husky fans to know that I am pumped and can't wait to come out of that tunnel, I will play hard and can't wait to see them next year with smiles on their faces and to hear them yelling."

Husky fans can celebrate, Jordan Reffett is a Dawg!

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