What it means for Washington: Bierria’s commitment gives the Huskies an under-the-radar talent. Washington jumped in late on the three-star outside linebacker, but he could end up being one of the prize prospects in this class with his knack for being a tenacious tackler who is also good in coverage.
What it means for Arizona State, Oregon State: This seems to be a bigger loss for the Beavers than Sun Devils. Oregon State was considered a front-runner for Bierria until the Huskies made a late push. The Beavers lost out on a recruit who could develop into a hidden gem.
Turning point: When Bierria arrived in Seattle for his official visit Feb. 1, he didn’t have an offer from the Huskies. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian quickly changed that, pulling him aside before sitting down with all of the official visitors for a meal early in the trip. That showed Bierria that Washington wanted him. The rest of the visit convinced him he wanted to play college football for the Huskies, but he waited until Wednesday to announce his decision.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 2. He seemed sold on the Huskies as soon as he returned from his visit. It was only a matter of time before he announced his intentions to join his high school teammate, quarterback Troy Williams, at Washington.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 3. Washington has a strong core group of linebackers returning, led by Travis Feeney and John Timu. The Huskies also have three other linebackers in this class. All that means Bierria won’t be pressured to contribute right away. If he earns a spot, he will see the field in his first year. Otherwise, he will be given a chance learn and develop during a redshirt season.