Dec. 21, 2005
SEATTLE - The University of Washington has received National Letters of Intent or scholarship agreements from three junior college football players, head coach Tyrone Willingham announced today. Two of the three student-athletes will transfer to the UW in time for the start of the winter academic quarter and the third will enroll for spring quarter. All will be eligible to participate in spring football practice.
The three student-athletes that signed with the UW are: DE Anthony Atkins (Long Beach, Calif./Compton CC), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saddleback CC) and DB Jordan Murchison (Oakland, Calif./CC of San Francisco). Morovick and Murchison will enroll at the UW for the winter quarter while Atkins will join in the spring.
"In keeping with our goal to improve our football team, we have added young men that adhere to the personality direction of our team," Willingham said of his three signees. "These young men believe in hard work, team and positive character.
"The on-field abilities and accomplishments of these student-athletes are noted in their bios," Willingham continued, "but it is the individual strength of each person that will make us a better football team. And, having them join us prior to fall camp allows us and them to be at our best."
The football National Letter of Intent signing day for high school prospects and junior college players that will arrive in the fall is February 1, 2006.
Following is a brief biography of each of the Huskies' three signees:
Anthony Atkins DE Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan HS/Compton CC)
A two-year starter at Compton CC, where he played linebacker and served as team captain ... rated the No. 2 junior college linebacker in the country by Scout.com and the No. 48 JC player overall by Rivals.com ... named a 2005 preseason "Player to Watch" by JCFootball.com... was named to the 2004 All-Western State Conference Southern Division first team after leading the Tartars with 89 tackles ... was named a Western State Conference player of the week on Oct. 5, 2004, after recording 10 tackles, two for loss, and two sacks ... attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, Calif.
Danny Morovick LS Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS/Saddleback CC)
Attended Saddleback CC but did not play football and thus has four more years of eligibility at the UW ... named one of the nation's top 12 long snapper prospects by chrissailerkicking.com ... as a senior at Mission Viejo HS in 2004, helped the Diablos to a 14-0 record and the CIF Southern Section championship ... father, Dan, played safety at USC in the late 1970s and was a member of the Trojans' 1978 national champion team.
Jordan Murchison DB Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd HS/City College of San Francisco)
Played two seasons at defensive back for City College of San Francisco ... helped the Rams outscore their opponents 402-134 during the regular season en route to a 10-2 record and a No. 6 final ranking by JC Grid-Wire ... a key contributor to a CCSF defense ranked No. 3 in California ... led CCSF to the Northern California junior college championship and a berth in the California JC state championship game, where the Rams fell to Grossmont CC, 41-38 ... hauled in two interceptions in CCSF's 69-0 win over West Valley College ... at Bishop O'Dowd HS, named to California High School Football Yearbook's preseason top 60 in 2002 ... an honorable mention high school All-Bay Area pick by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002.