As I wrote today, the strength of UW’s Class of 2012 (at the moment, anyway) is in its two quarterbacks, each consensus four-star recruits who committed early — Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island and Cyler Miles of Mullen High Denver.
Just about anyone reading this probably knows that the 6-2, 220-pound Miles recently took a visit to USC and also had final in-home visits with UW and USC coaches over the weekend. He hasn’t said anything publicly since then, so it’s hard to know for sure. But the general feeling in the recruiting community is that Miles will stick with his UW commitment and sign with the Huskies on Wednesday.
I talked to the 6-3, 225-pound Lindquist on Sunday and he said he never wavered in his commitment to UW even after the loss of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier.
“Coach Nuss was definitely the coach I had developed the best relationship with and I was really looking forward to working with him,” Lindquist said. “He kind of told me what his situation was and I understand why he did it and I don’t respect him any less for what he did. I was pumped to work with him but coach (Eric) Kiesau, I’ve met him and talked to him and I really like him too, so I’m really excited to play for him, as well.”
Lindquist is currently playing basketball at Mercer Island and will graduate in June, so he will not enroll early — he will run track for the Islanders in the spring sports season. But he said he intends to attend as many spring practices and meetings as he can to begin getting familiar with the playbook.
As for what the Huskies are getting in Lindquist and Miles, I asked Scout.com/FOX Sports recruiting analyst Jake Worthen for a little scouting report.
Worthen said a good comparison for the style of Miles is current UW QB Keith Price.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call him a runner, but he’s a scrambler who can get out of trouble,” Worthen said. “He has that ability like Keith does. He doesn’t have an overpowering strong arm and that’s a concern for some scouts. But I think he will be able to make all the throws he needs to make if he can improve on his accuracy — that’s the jump that Keith made that while he doesn’t have just a cannon he can put the ball where he needs to. Miles comes from a very good program at Mullen, won a lot of big games and played in a lot of big games so he’s got that mojo, that winner’s mentality that you saw come out in the Army game (the U.S. Army All-American Game, when Miles was an MVP) as a leader and a winner.
“Lindquist is a lot different and we have him ranked higher. I personally like Jeff better. A comparison is tough, but (in terms of style) I would almost say coming out of high school he’s like Andrew Luck. Jeff is kind of billed as a pocket passer but I think people underestimate his athletic ability. Jeff rushed for a ton of yards and he’s that type of QB where you maybe wouldn’t expect him to run but on third-and-eight he takes off and kills you. His real strengths are his ability to put touch on the ball and put it in the right spots. I really like his arm. It’s maybe not the strongest arm out there but he’s got plenty of arm strength to make every throw.
“And you see him on the run and he does a great job of keeping his eyes up so he can make a throw — he’s not just taking off and running — and that’s where you see so many big throws.”
Lindquist was also an MVP of a post-season All-Star Game, the Semper Fidelis Game.
Worthen said both Lindquist and Miles showed an ability to pick up offenses quickly at the bowls they played in, something that should help them as they transition to college. And as again is probably obvious to everyone reading this far, UW has a sudden question mark at the backup QB spot with the transfer of Nick Montana. Derrick Brown and Thomas Vincent will be back next year as redshirt freshmen with Lindquist and Miles then joining as true frosh. It’s a pretty rare year that a QB goes through a season unscathed, so one of those will probably see some time at some point in the 2012 season.
Here is some video of Lindquist:
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And here is some of Miles:
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