On the day after the Huskies saw one of their former quarterbacks get drafted in the first round — Jake Locker — they took a big step toward securing their future at that position, getting a commitment from Mercer Island’s Jeff Lindquist.
Lindquist, who will be a senior at MI next fall and sign with UW for the Class of 2012, said he made the decision last night.
“I sat down and talked to my parents (Tom and Juli) last night and we kind of figured it out and were like, ‘let’s just get this done,”’ he said. “We got it done, closed the deal. We kind of laid it out and, at the end of the process, we were like, ‘We think UW is the overall better place for me.’ So that’s where I’m at.”
Lindquist had narrowed his choices to UW and Stanford (where his brother, Sam, is a pitcher) and had set May 1 as a tentative date for making a decision, saying he wanted to decide early in part to help the school he picked in recruiting the rest of its class.
But he made his decision a few days early, giving the word today.
“I feel like I just let out a huge breath of air,” he said. “It’s nice to have it over with, but I’m also excited for it.”
Lindquist said he plans to attend UW’s spring game Saturday at 11 a.m.
“I think it will be a lot of fun to see it from a different lens,” he said. “I don’t really know what to expect from it, but it should be a lot of fun. I’m going with a couple of my buddies and a couple of family members, so it should be a good time.”
He becomes the second commit for the Class of 2012 (joining Muir High RB Tairen Owens) and the first of what could be two quarterbacks as the Huskies look to replenish depth at that position.
He also is the first of an in-state class of recruits called by some as maybe the best in the history of the state to make a commitment — and considered the top QB recruit in the state. And he’s also the first in-state QB to commit to UW (on scholarship, anyway) since Steve Sarkisian took over as Washington’s coach.
Sarkisian has set the obvious goal of trying to build a fence around the state, and after getting all five of the top recruits a year ago, now gets the first big one to commit for 2012.
The 6-3, 225-pound Lindquist is a true dual-threat QB, throwing for 1,994 yards last season at Mercer Island and rushing for another 1,017.
Lindquist is rated by Scout.com as the No. 13 QB in the country and a four-star recruit, and also has four stars from Rivals.com. He was also recently nominated to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He attended a UW practice on Tuesday along with his mother as part of his last information-gathering before making his final decision.
Lindquist would be the fourth scholarship QB on UW’s roster in 2012, when Keith Price would be a junior and Nick Montana a sophomore. Derrick Brown, a 2011 signee, will join the team in the fall.
Here’s a good interview of Lindquist conducted recently by Kelley.
And here is some action video of Lindquist:
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