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Chris Petersen’s first UW recruits switch from WSU, Boise State

Defensive back Darren Gardenhire and quarterback Jalen Greene become new Husky coach Chris Petersen’s first two recruits.


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Chris Petersen got his first taste of the Apple Cup rivalry on Monday. Then he took a bite out of Boise State’s recruiting class.

The new Washington coach received his first two commitments from recruits for the Huskies, pilfering a three-star defensive back from Washington State and then bringing in a former Boise State quarterback recruit.

Defensive back Darren Gardenhire had made a verbal commitment to the Cougars on Nov. 24, five days before UW’s 27-17 victory in the Apple Cup.

Meanwhile, three-star quarterback Jalen Greene, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-hander out of Serra High in Gardena, Calif., had committed to Boise State last summer. He reopened his recruitment after Petersen left Boise for UW.

Greene made an official visit to UW over the weekend and his host was redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles. Greene would be the fourth quarterback on the UW roster in 2014, joining Miles, redshirt freshman Jeff Lindquist and freshman Troy Williams.

Greene committed to UW over the weekend and made that public Monday.

“I tried to keep it a secret,” Greene told Scout.com. “I didn’t even tell my mom I was committed there. Then I just got so many phone calls and I finally decided to just come out with it and make it public. I’m really excited to be a Dawg right now, I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds.”

Gardenhire, out of Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., had also drawn interest from Boise State when Petersen was the coach of the Broncos. After Petersen called to offer Gardenhire a UW scholarship on Monday morning, Gardenhire said he de-committed from Washington State before accepting the UW offer.

“Coach Pete was on the practice field and he was fired up (when I told him),” Gardenhire told the recruiting site 247sports.com. “I’m a Husky — this is it.”

Gardenhire is listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, and he is said to be open to playing cornerback or safety in college. His cousin is UW running back Dwayne Washington.

“Man, Washington has always been my dream school,” Gardenhire told Scout. “When Coach Petersen left Boise State to take the job at Washington, I was hoping I would get an offer. He called me this morning and told me he was offering and I was so excited about it.”

Gardenhire and Greene give UW seven recruits for the Class of 2014.

Price’s shoulder healthy

Senior quarterback Keith Price said Monday he is “completely healthy” as he prepares for the final game of his UW career against Brigham Young in the Dec. 27 Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.

Price injured his right (throwing) shoulder against UCLA on Nov. 15 and sat out UW’s 69-27 victory at Oregon State a week later. He returned against Washington State, completing 15 of 20 passes for 181 yards with two total touchdowns and one interception.

“I feel much better than I did coming into the Wazzu week,” Price told reporters after practice Monday morning. “I remember during the game I had a hot pack on me the whole time. … I’m completely healed and I’ve been rehabbing ... There’s only one way to go, and that’s up.”

Notes

• The Huskies are scheduled to practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then depart for San Francisco on Sunday.

• Petersen has not made any official announcements about his coaching staff, but he watched practice with Keith Bhonapha, who was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Boise State.

Adam Jude: 206-464-2364 or ajude@seattletimes.com. On Twitter: @a_jude.



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