Well, the night’s not over so I hesitate a little, but apparently no new commits coming. So instead, a few other notes to pass along. …
— With Jake Locker being the focal point of the Senior Bowl, there are no shortages of stories out there about him. But this one from the Washington Post might be about the best. It includes the note that Locker’s already had interviews with nine different NFL teams, including the Seahawks.
It also includes this quote assessing UW’s offense from former NFL QB Ken O’Brien, with whom Locker has been working since the end of the season: “After looking at the film, to be kind about it, Jake was the integral part of their offense. In my opinion, they didn’t have the talent to do a lot of the things they would’ve liked to have done schematically, so I think a lot fell on Jake’s shoulders to make plays.” Sure a few of you may disagree with that, but an interesting perspective nonetheless.
— Danny O’Neil also has this wrapup of Locker’s day.
— This is a pay story, but ESPN.com’s Todd McShay also had some interesting thoughts on Locker. Obviously not going to cut-and-paste it, but the first two paragraphs are interesting enough on their own:
“Deciding to return to school and passing on several million dollars might wind up being the best thing that ever happened to Jake Locker’s career.
Had the Washington quarterback been a top-five pick, as projected last year, and thrust into a situation like Sam Bradford in St. Louis, there’s a real good chance Locker would have crashed and burned. He’s just not ready and is still a work in progress. In fact, there’s no guarantee it all ever comes together, and we know from getting 13 more game tapes and a week of watching him here in practice that it hasn’t all come together yet. He shows all the right things but just at different times. He’s not consistent but he flashes enough to make you think his best football could still be in front of him.”
— This story notes that Jacoby Brissett will visit Miami this weekend instead of Florida (though it doesn’t mention UW in any way).
— In case you missed it earlier, Mason Kelley had the news that QB Thomas Vincent of King’s will walk-on at UW next year.
— We’re going to hold another recruiting chat tomorrow at 1 p.m. (again with Mason Kelley. Here’s the link.
— Phil Steele lists the returning starters for college football teams next year and has UW third among Pac-12 teams with 15 (tied with WSU), behind only Arizona State (19) and UCLA (16).
— Speaking of the Cougars, the Times held a live chat today with WSU athletic director Bill Moos. Maybe most interesting is that he said the Cougars plan to play their home game with either Oregon or Oregon State every year at Qwest Field (obviously it’s OSU one year, Oregon the next, etc.).
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller puts a couple Huskies on his All-Pac-10 Underclass team.
All for now.