McIntosh tells UW "I'm a Dawg"

Jo Jo McIntosh to UW

A day after officially de-committing from UCLA, safety prospect Jo Jo McIntosh verbally committed to Washington 24 hours later. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety prospect from Chaminade Prep in West Hills, Calif. made it official Tuesday morning, telling's Greg Biggins "I'm a Dawg."

So what was it about the situation at Washington that turned McIntosh's head away from UCLA? "The coaches," he told minutes after his verbal commitment was made public. "I love coach (Chris) Petersen and coach (Jimmy) Lake will be up there soon. They also have what I want to major in and what I want to study - marine biology/oceanography. That was my ultimate decision."

How was Petersen when McIntosh made the call to Montlake in the morning after sleeping on his decision? "He was really excited," McIntosh said. "They were telling me I was their top DB and they can't wait for me to get up there and they were really sad when they lost me at Boise but they are happy that it worked out. I'll be with them at Washington."

And his parents? "They are really excited for me to go up there," added McIntosh. "They really love both coach Pete and coach Lake. Everyone's excited."

In a conversation had with McIntosh Monday, he went in-depth about his appreciation for UW's new head coach.

"He's a wonderful coach," McIntosh said of Petersen. "He recruited me at Boise State. He talks about OKG's and the kind of guys that he likes. He was a really good coach at Boise State and he brought them up from where they were and really showed the country what they could do - so he's a really good coach and I think he's good for Washington. I think big things are going to happen there."

McIntosh has an official visit set up for January 24th to Washington. This Saturday Chaminade plays Enterprise for the CIF Division II state title.

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