Oct 5, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) heads to the end zone for a touchdown run in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota was almost a Washington Husky

The above title should make your skin crawl if you’re an Oregon fan. In an interview on Tuesday, beloved Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota revealed that he was very close to committing to the Washington Huskies three years ago. I’m a big fan of alternate-history novels and all, but that’s the stuff of nightmares.

As Mariota explained:

First and foremost, I have family in Seattle. I took an unofficial (visit to the UW campus). I was able to meet all the coaches and meet Coach Sark. That was a really cool experience, honestly. I liked Coach Sark. He was very nice; he was very nice to my family (The Seattle Times).

Mariota said he was so impressed with the staff at Washington that he called his mom on his flight home to tell her he was going to be a Husky.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian spoke about recruiting Mariota:

He was a fantastic player in camp. He hadn’t started on his high school football team quite yet, so there was some hesitation on our part, quite honestly, in evaluating him.


Credit to Oregon, they went for it on him before we did.

While Washington fans should be happy with having quarterback Keith Price at the helm, things could have ended up radically different in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe Johnny Manziel would have kept his commitment to Oregon had Mariota gone to Washington. But that’s all hypothetical. The important thing is that the two teams will play this upcoming Saturday in what should be a thrilling game. Don’t miss it.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

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