Star cornerback Kyler Gordon is going to play college football at Washington starting in 2018.
Ryan S. Clark of the News Tribune reported Gordon's decision to play for the Huskies on Thursday.
"First off, the relationships I built there with the coaches," Gordon said when explaining his decision, per Clark. "Coach Pete, (defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake), something really strong there. The people in the locker room. It’s all one, it’s not selfish, not for one person."
Coming out of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, Washington, Gordon is one of the best defensive playmakers in the 2018 recruiting class.
He's rated as a 4-star prospect who is the No. 3 player from the state of Washington, No. 20 cornerback in the country and No. 180 player overall, per 247Sports. He's still thin for the position at 180 pounds, but his 5'11" frame and length will hold more mass without taking away any of the present skills that make him a blue-chip recruit.
In a February report looking at the best cornerbacks from the western part of the country, Scout.com called Gordon the "total package of toughness, instincts, athleticism and playmaking ability."
That scouting report is the only sales pitch Washington head coach Chris Petersen needed to hear, though he also had the benefit of being able to meet Gordon during the course of recruiting to convince him staying close to home is good for everyone.
The Huskies' return to national prominence in 2016, which included a Pac-12 title and appearance in the College Football Playoff, has apparently helped on the recruiting trail.
The Pac-12 is becoming one of the best conferences in America with USC, Oregon and Stanford all boasting formidable rosters.
If Washington is going to keep pace with those programs, keeping a stud recruit from its own state at home is a necessity. Gordon gives the Huskies a defensive stalwart to build around for the future.