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Originally published Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

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California high-school quarterback commits to Huskies

Quarterback Troy Williams of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., announced in a ceremony at his school that he has committed to Washington.

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The Washington Huskies have one of the top returning quarterbacks in the country this fall in Keith Price and two touted newcomers arriving in Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island and Cyler Miles of Denver.

But building a consistently successful college football program means always thinking about the long term.

And the Huskies got what they hope will be a big part of their future Friday when quarterback Troy Williams of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., announced during a ceremony at his school that he has committed to Washington.

Williams, who will be a senior at Narbonne next year, will sign with UW next February. He told Scout.com he plans to graduate early so he can enroll at UW in time for spring practice in 2013.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is rated a four-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, and is 178th on ESPN's list of the top 300 recruits in the nation for the Class of 2013.

He had offers from the likes of UCLA, Florida and Arizona State before narrowing his choice to UW and Arizona. Williams took an unofficial visit to UW last week and reportedly was close to committing at the time before deciding to wait a few days to think it over.

He was reported to initially put on an Arizona sweatshirt and hat at his announcement before stopping and declaring that "I'm going to UW."

Williams told Scout.com that "I just had a great feel for the school" after he visited UW. He also said he likes Washington's offense and "I'm excited to learn under Keith Price."

Many, in fact, compare Williams to Price in style as he's regarded as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation for his ability to both pass and run.

He threw for 3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 587 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Williams is the seventh commitment for the Class of 2013 and was one of three quarterbacks known to have offers at that position by the Huskies. The two others already committed elsewhere — Skyline's Max Browne to USC and Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City to Alabama.

Williams will likely be the only quarterback UW will sign in this class. Assuming all of the current QBs remain on the roster, that would give the Huskies five scholarship quarterbacks for the 2013 season.

The others would be Price, who would then be a senior, Derrick Brown, who would then be a sophomore, and Lindquist and Miles.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.

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