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Huskies land walk-on commitment

Washington received a walk-on commitment Monday from a running back who put up impressive numbers this season.

Ralph Kinne (Shelton, Wash./Shelton) has given his pledge, and received support from his friends and family.

As soon as Washington commit David Ajamu returned from his official visit to Washington, he drove over to see Kinne, his friend and teammate.

The Huskies’ tight end commit spent an hour telling the running back about what Washington has to offer.

Kinne looks at Ajamu “like a brother” and, after they talked, Kinne thought he knew what he wanted to do with his college football future. He planned to give a verbal commitment to the Huskies as a preferred walk-on, but he needed to talk to his family first.

“I talked to my parents about it,” Kinne said. “They said they would help me as much as they can, so that won it over. ... It’s very exciting. It’s a great opportunity for me. I know it’s going to be hard work, but I’m going to work my hardest and earn my spot.”

During his senior season, Kinne rushed for 2,389 yards and 29 touchdowns. As he went through the recruiting process, he hosted coaches from Eastern Washington and Central Washington during in-home visits.

But, the more he thought about it, he “just had that feeling” with Washington.

Before Joel Thomas left his position as Washington’s running backs coach to take the same job at Arkansas, he recommended Kinne take the walk-on offer. Kinne was also encouraged by his conversations with receiver Ryan Turman (Bellevue, Wash./Interlake), who is also committed to walk on at Washington.

He knows he faces a tough challenge, but he looks forward to the opportunity.

“I’m going to probably have to wait about two years before I get playing time, unless I show improvement or that I’m better than those guys,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to show."