University of Washington

Federal Way running back Chico McClatcher commits to UW

Coach John Meagher takes pride in knowing exactly what his football players at Federal Way High School are thinking.

That includes standout tailback Chico McClatcher.

But when it came to knowing which Pac-12 school would likely land McClatcher in the recruiting race, Meagher conceded he really didn’t know.

“I wasn’t sure,” Meagher said, “because he keeps his cards close.”

True to his low-key nature, McClatcher — The News Tribune’s All-Area player of the year in 2014 — made his announcement Sunday afternoon on Twitter: He was choosing the University of Washington.

Wrote McClatcher on his Twitter account during the final day of his official visit to the Huskies: “Great support system, great coaches, great environment — I am blessed to say that I am committed to the University of Washington.”

He picked the Huskies over other finalists including Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound McClatcher did a whole lot of damage in his 31/2 seasons as an offensive backfield regular. The Class 4A SPSL rushing champion totaled more than 8,000 all-purpose yards and 91 touchdowns.

Yet, it appears the Huskies view him as a slot receiver, Meagher said.

“Just in different types of horizontal stretch stuff,” Meagher said. “(UW coach) Chris Petersen asked me what I thought he should play, and I told him tailback.

“I am just happy he found a place that wants him.”