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Huskies fill big need, signed touted LB Tutogi

More than a few college football coaches have resisted the temptation of social networking.

Not Ed Carberry.

Once Carberry, the coach at Southwestern College (Calif.) started putting film of talented first-year linebacker Thomas Tutogi on YouTube, hits kept coming. So did endless phone calls from NCAA Division I coaches.

And on Wednesday, it was the UW that won out on arguably the top linebacker in the junior college ranks - a huge need in the upcoming recruiting class. Tutogi signed a letter of intent with the Huskies, and will enroll in January as a sophomore.

"Stands out," Carberry said.

Tutogi is a natural strongside linebacker, but Carberry said he is athletic enough to line up at weakside and chase slot receivers around.

Besides the UW, Arizona (where his brother, Taimi plays) and Southern California had offered him scholarships, as well as UNLV and San Diego State.

"A lot of sad faces," Carberry said, "at USC right now."

Tutogi was a non-qualifier coming out of Chula Vista High School, and enrolled at Southerwestern College with the understanding he would be in the program for one season.

By his play - 120 tackles, including 171/2 stops for loss - Tutogi meant it.

The UW's real connection to him was through Southwestern College's defensive coordinator Dionicio Monarrez, who was an assistant under Nick Holt at Idaho. Holt is now the Huskies' defensive coordinator.

"Thomas is a heck of a football player," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "He's a great addition to our football team and we expect him to make an immediate impact."