Jermaine Kelly commits to Washington


Washington’s weekend recruiting haul spilled into Monday when Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian) gave the Huskies a verbal commitment.

“I felt like this was the place I should be,” Kelly said. “I’ve always had love for Washington. I felt like I had to be there. I had to be at that school. It’s just the right choice for me.”

The 6-foot-1, 171-pound cornerback is the third prospect to join the program’s 2013 class in four days, joining receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) and defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland).

“There’s great chemistry,” he said. “We’re going to be unstoppable. We’re going to be a force.”

Kelly originally committed UCLA over Washington in July, but decommitted in December. His decision to play for the Huskies makes him the 22nd member of the current class, and the 12th prospect from California.

The senior was in Seattle for an official visit Sept. 27, when Washington upset Stanford, 17-13, at CenturyLink Field. He stormed the field with the other prospects at the game. He said later it was the first time he had “witnessed anything like that up close.”

“That (game) was actually the clincher,” Kelly said. “When I went out there for the Rising Stars Camp and got the offer I loved the atmosphere and I loved the players. I loved it up there. When I went on my official, it just clinched it. I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.’”

Kelly is the second cornerback to commit to Washington. He has the size the Huskies covet in their defensive backs and believes his skill set fits well with what the program does on defense.

“I belong at Washington,” he said. “That’s the right choice for me.”