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April 4, 2011 at 4:05 PM

UW getting aggressive in recruiting QBs for the Class of 2012

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Even before I threw open the last entry for questions, I was getting lots of queries about UW’s strategy to its QB recruiting for the Class of 2012.

So I turned to an expert today to add a little insight — Jacob Worthen, the West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com and FoxSports.com.

To briefly recap, UW has offers out to either four or five QBs for the Class of 2012, depending on which recruiting site is doing the counting.

All agree that UW has offerse out to four (and I’ve linked to the Scout.com scouting profile for each: — Bart Houston of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle; Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island (pictured above in a Mark Harrison photo); Jake Rodrigues of Rocklin, Calif., and Travis Wilson of San Clemente, Calif.

The sites differ on whether UW has offered Cyler Miles of Denver — Scout says no while Rivals.com says yes.

Miles, however, took an unofficial visit to UW last week, which as Worthen says indicates that there is “obviously some level of mutual interest there” and it may just be a matter of semantics whether he has an offer.

UW has three QBs on scholarship going forward — Keith Price and Nick Montana and incoming Derrick Brown, a member of the Class of 2011. All have at least two years of eligibility remaining after 2011. JC transfer Antavius Sims played QB at Ventura JC but will start out at UW at cornerback and seems likely to be no more than a situational QB at UW if he does ever line up behind center. For the purposes of figuring UW’s long-term situation at QB, it’s probably best not to really consider Sims.

As Worthen notes, Lindquist is the key to what UW does for the Class of 2012. He’s generally regarded as the top QB in the state and one of the best on the West Coast, and apparently has narrowed his choice of schools to UW and Stanford. He has also said he will make an announcement on May 1. None of the others are expected to make a commitment that soon. So, UW should know in a month or so if it will get Lindquist and then will be able to act accordingly.

Worthen says if Lindquist commits, it’s possible, if not likely, the others on this list will no longer really consider UW. Once Lindquist commits, he says there will then be the proverbial “domino effect,” where others will begin to make their decisions based on what has already happened elsewhere. With each of the others from out-of-state, and maybe wanting to be the only QB in their class, they may look elsewhere.

Worthen says he thinks that what happened last year, when UW put a lot of its early efforts into getting Brett Hundley and/or Cody Kessler and then didn’t get either — Hundley signed with UCLA and Kessler with USC — has the Huskies offering a few more QBs earlier in the process this year.

“It looks like you are seeing them casting a little bit of a wider net this year so if they miss out on their ‘A’ target they don’t see all their secondary targets already gone,” he said. If you recall, UW didn’t land a solid commitment from a QB for the Class of 2011 until a few weeks prior to signing day when Brown decommitted from Utah.

“You’re seeing them be real aggressive this year,” Worthen said.

The big question may be if UW takes a second QB for the Class of 2012 if Lindquist commits. But as noted, Worthen thinks each of the other QBs UW has offered might be unlikely to come to Washington if Lindquist commits, so it may be something of a moot point.

Getting one commitment from a QB would mean UW would have at least four QBs on scholarship through the 2013 season.

It’s always hard this early in the process to figure out how many scholarships a team will have to offer the following February. But UW could have fewer than the 25-scholarship limit as the Huskies could have as few as 13 seniors graduating this year (though other attrition and other factors would mean the Huskies will certainly have more scholarships than that to award).

Lindquist is fairly well known to local football followers, and his numbers (throwing for 1,994 and running for 1,007 last season) speak to his all-around abilities. “He’s a four-star recruit who has all the tools you need,” Worthen said.

Houston, meanwhile, is Scout.com’s No. 1 QB on the west, and also visited UW last week when he got his official offer. He’s led famed De La Salle High to 26 straight wins and Worthen said that while Houston may not have a “cannon like a Matt Barkley,” that he has intangibles and other factors that combine to make him the best QB on the west this year.

The 6-6 Wilson is regarded as more of a project and has started for just one year of high school, having sat behind Chase Rettig of Boston College earlier in his career. “He’s not necessarily as polished as some of the other guys, but with his size he has a high ceiling,” Worthen said.

Rodrigues is rated the lowest of all the QBs on this list, but as Worthen notes, he has an offer from Michigan. “He’s a very good athlete and has a very good arm and is a legit BCS (school) type guy,” Worthen said.

Miles threw for 2,114 yards last season but also ran for roughly 300 and fits the dual-threat mode.

“These are all big-time guys,” Worthen said. “I think they will all end up at a Pac-10 school when it’s all said and done.”

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