University of Washington

Skyline receiver gives Huskies commitment

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian reeled in another key in-state recruit Friday night when Kasen Williams, a receiver from Skyline High School, announced he will play football for the Huskies next fall.

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior, reportedly chose Washington over California, Notre Dame, Florida and Louisiana State.

Sarkisian also received an oral commitment from coveted Gig Harbor tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins earlier in the month.

Williams, whose father, Aaron, was receiver for the Huskies from 1979-82, made a public announcement of his college choice after a Skyline scrimmage.


Washington State safety LeAndre Daniels’ playing career is over because of a broken neck.

The school said follow-up tests on the sophomore revealed a C1 neck fracture. Daniels, injured during a preseason practice this month, started two games in 2009 before a broken leg ended his season.

Coach Paul Wulff says “my heart goes out to LeAndre.” The coach said Daniels will stay on campus to finish his degree.

The school added that the injury is stable and Daniels does not have neurological damage. He will be fitted with a special hard collar, and next week a procedure will fit him for a halo collar that he will wear for up to 10 weeks. He may still need surgery.


Darron Thomas will be No. 11 Oregon’s starting quarterback for the opener against New Mexico, taking over the Ducks after the dismissal of Jeremiah Masoli. Thomas has been competing for the job against senior Nate Costa throughout fall camp. While Costa is more of a traditional passer, Thomas is more of a threat on the ground, much like Masoli. … Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey has been suspended for at least one game by coach Mark Richt after the sophomore’s arrest. Ealey, the team’s leading rusher last season, was arrested early Friday and charged with hit and run and driving on a suspended license. He was released from the Clarke County (Ga.) Jail after posting bond of $4,800. … SMU coach June Jones has signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the school through the 2014 season. After going 1-11 in his first season, SMU improved to 8-5 last year and went to the Hawaii Bowl to end a 25-year bowl drought.