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June 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM

A couple recruiting notes — Has UW added a QB?

UPDATED, 10:35 p.m. — We’ll scratch some of the original item here to note that there are reports late tonight that quarterback Cyler Miles of J.K. Mullen High in Denver has committed to UW. RealDawg.com quoted Miles saying that “Washington is where I want to be.” Scout.com and Rivals.com are also reporting tonight that Miles has committed. Miles is expected to hold a more formal announcement on Friday.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian Tweeted a few “woofs” later in the night, which has come to be a signal that a recruit has indeed committed.

The 6-4, 220-pounder (though listed in some places as 6-3, 210) would be the fourth commit for UW’s Class of 2012, and as noted above, the second quarterback.

According to stats from ESPN.com, which rates him as a four-star recruit, Miles was 144-212 last season (67.9 percent) for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 255 yards and six touchdowns.

He had a reported list of finalists of Washington, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas.

UW already has a commitment for a QB from the Class of 2012 from Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island. But it’s been pretty clear from the beginnning UW intends to take two QBs for this class. That would give the Huskies five for the 2012 season (and 2013) with Keith Price, Nick Montana and Derrick Brown already on the roster. And with Skyline High’s Max Browne already having an offer for 2013, it definitely appears UW wants to stockpile quarterbacks going forward.

Every QB on the UW roster, now and going forward, was recruited by Sarkisian — Jake Locker was the last quarterback signed under the previous regime of Tyrone Willingham.

Brown, Lindquist and Miles also all fit the dual-threat mode, the Huskies apparently looking to keep those schemes in their offense.

UPDATE, 11:20 p.m. — Lindquist told Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM after hearing of the Miles commit that “it’s for the Huskies. I’m not concerned about me. He’ll make me a better player and I’ll make him better.”

SMITH GETS AN OFFER — The latest in-state player to get an offer from UW is tight end Caleb Smith of Kentridge, a 6-6.5, 242-pounder who also reports offers from WSU, Oregon State and Purdue, among others. He told Scout.com that getting an offer from UW could speed up his decision-making process, saying “it’s probably going to make my timeframe a little sooner.”

By my count, he is the ninth in-state player to have an offer from UW for this class. But all of the rest have indicated they may take a while to make their decisions other than Lindquist, who obviously has also already made his decision.

Aside from Smith annd Lindquist, here are the other seven in-state players reported to have offers:

— Guard Joshua Garnett, Puyallup;
— Offensive tackle Zach Banner, Lakes;
— RB Keivarae Russell, Mariner High in Everett;
— CB Cedric Dozier, Lakes;
— WR Michael Rector, Bellarmine Prep;
— OT Walker Williams, Tacoma Baptist;
— OT Nathan Dean, Juanita.

Garnett, Banner, Russell and Williams have all indicated they want to take official visits in the fall, or have already scheduled some. Dozier has said simply that he is in no rush. Of that group, the two who may be the closest are Rector and Dean, each of whom has said they’d like to make a decision by the start of their senior seasons.

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