Scott Locker, father of UW QB Jake Locker, just concluded about a 20-minute interview on KJR-AM with Dave Mahler.
There was no breaking news, per se, as Scott Locker said that he doesn’t know what his son will do in terms of staying or declaring for the NFL Draft, and said that there is no set time line for a decision.
He said that when his son has made a decision that he will let everyone know as soon as possible.
“As soon as he’s got enough information to make his decision and made a good, sound decision, then he’ll let everybody know,” Scott Locker said. “He’s not about having a big stage to give some kind of a huge announcement. I honestly believe as soon as he knows, everybody will know. To hang people out is not what he’s all about. I think as soon as the information is gathered and he can make a real good decision, he will.”
Indeed, Locker did not have any kind of press conference when he decided to attend UW, simply letting people know and taking phone calls at his house to do interviews — I remember well that it was on a Sunday that I was covering a hydro race and got a phone call that I needed to call Locker. So with engines blaring in the background, I did an interview on his decision to come to UW. His baseball-related decisions were handled similarly, without any fanfare.
Scott Locker said late in the interview, talking about his experience watching games at Husky Stadium that “I’d like to think he comes back and then we can watch those” games next year. Mahler picked up on that and asked if that means Scott Locker had a preference and he said “I wouldn’t want to ever put that burden on him. I want him to do what’s important to him.”
He reiterated several times that he doesn’t know what direction the decision will go and that discussions have not really begun.
Asked who Jake Locker will speak with in making the decision, Scott Locker said “the immediate people is his coaches. He’ll touch base with them and get the information that he can from them and then as far as anyone else like (players) in the game currently or have been in the game, that will be totally up to Jake, who he is comfortable with going to with that stuff. Then obviously he’ll always run a lot of stuff by his mom and I and I imagine we’ll be somewhere in that, too.”
Scott Locker said he didn’t think money would be the driving issue, pointing out that he had Major League baseball options out of high school and that “he could have signed a $4-5 million baseball contract if money was the driving force.” As he said last week, he said again that he didn’t think that pending changes in the NFL labor agreement would matter much.
He also said that he had approached his son about taking out an insurance policy for this season and that Jake turned it down, deciding he didn’t want it. Scott Locker said the prospect of injury goes through his mind but that he didn’t think it was something Jake is too worried about.
He said he didn’t think his son is thinking much about his legacy at UW, saying that he just doesn’t think 21-year-olds think that way.
“It’s just a decision of whether to move on and play there or stay here and play here,” Scott Locker said. “It’s got to be a tough decision for him because there are pros and cons to both sides and you’ve a lot of people giving you their opinion of it.”