Trenton Tuiasosopo commits to Huskies

Updated: August 1, 2003, 9:53 PM ET

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington is getting another Tuiasosopo.

Trenton Tuiasosopo, a linebacker-tight end who is a senior-to-be at Mariner High School in Everett, announced Thursday he will play football for the Huskies.

The Huskies can't comment on Tuiasosopo's oral commitment until he signs a national letter of intent in February although he delivered the news first hand to new Washington coach Keith Gilbertson on the UW campus.

He was accompanied by his parents, sister, grandmother and high school coach, John Ondriezek.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Tuiasosopo told The Seattle Times that he picked Washington over Pac-10 rivals Southern California, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.

Washington football fans are well acquainted with the name Tuiasosopo. Trenton is a first cousin to former Huskies star quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, who is currently with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

In addition, Marques' younger brother, Zach, is a fullback for the Huskies now.

Marques and Zach are the sons of former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Manu Tuiasosopo, who is Trenton's uncle.

Trenton decided to go to Washington although coach Rick Neuheisel was fired last month. Offensive coordinator Gilbertson replaced Neuheisel this week.

"I believe in him as a coach," Tuiasosopo said of Gilbertson.

There might be still another Tuiasosopo headed to Washington to play football, too. Matt, younger brother of Marques and Zach, is a star quarterback at Woodinville High School.

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