Roussel back where it all began

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SEATTLE - It's been a topsy-turvy recruiting process for Bradly Roussel, with more plot twists than a John Le Carre novel. But now the 5-11, 215-pound linebacker from Redemptorist High in Baton Rouge, Lousiana has things all straightened out. And his commitment - like that Allman Brothers tune - is back where it all began.

"I just committed to Washington," Roussel told Monday night. "They called me to let me know that they wanted me, so I switched back to Washington."

Roussel verbally committed to the Huskies in mid-December, but then pledged his services to Tulane after a visit to their school. But in the end, Roussel's pull to the northwest was too hard to ignore.

"I always felt that there was a chance (to recommit to Washington," Roussel said.

Roussel and his father had a long talk with Washington Head Coach Tyrone Willingham and Linebackers Coach Chris Tormey earlier today. "They told me not to come in with any apprehension and that they are really happy to have me," he said.

New Huskies Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell played a part in swaying Roussel back into the fold. "They told me that they got that new defensive coordinator (Donatell), and they showed him my film and he said that he loved me and that I would be a great fit for this class." he said.

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