When University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen takes to Twitter with a quick: “WOOF!” it has become second nature for Husky fans to expect something big.
That’s how it played out on Friday morning.
Hockinson three-star wide receiver/linebacker Sawyer Racanelli, last year’s Washington 2A state player of the year, announced his commitment to the Huskies shortly thereafter.
The 2020 athlete led the Hawks to a repeat state championship last season with a 42-37 win over Lynden. Racanelli was named MVP of that game after rushing for five touchdowns and throwing for another, doubling the 2A state record for touchdowns in a state title game.
The now-high school junior announced his decision between two schools — Washington and UCLA — in front of news media at a table with both of Hockinson’s 2A state championship trophies, a Hockinson banner draped behind him and his high school quarter back Levi Crum (who is also his cousin), and fellow wide receiver Peyton Brammer flanking him.
Racanelli was on Washington’s radar from the beginning, in part due to Petersen’s connection to Josh Racanelli, Sawyer’s father and Hockinson’s offensive coordinator. Petersen was Josh Racanelli’s quarterbacks coach at Portland State for a year (1993-1994).
“Best coach I ever had,” Josh Racanelli said Friday morning, shortly before his son announced.
For the Huskies, Sawyer Racanelli is the first in-state commit from the class of 2020, a spell of good in-state news after uncomitted five-star Kennedy Catholic linebacker Sav’ell Smalls signaled he had ruled UW out.
The Huskies were the last program to offer Racanelli, who could also play linebacker in college, doing so on April 13. He also fielded offers from Michigan, UCLA, Cal, Oregon State and Washington State, among others.
As a junior, he caught 100 passes for 1,662 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.
Racanelli is the No. 8 2020 recruit in the state of Washington, according to 247 Sports.
Andy Buhler is a reporter for Scorebook Live Washington. To hear him every week on the Scorebook Live Today podcast, subscribe here. Follow him on Twitter @AndyBuhler and reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.