It's amazing how fast things can change in recruiting. At the recent EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB camp, Ferndale (Wash.) signal caller Jake Locker said he had no leader, was hoping to go through the recruiting process a bit and would wait to make his decision. That all changed a couple of hours ago.
"Yeah, I committed to Washington," Locker said. "I checked out Oregon State and just loved it there. They have a great staff and I loved the campus but I just felt in my heart Washington was the place for me. To be honest, Washington has been in my heart for awhile now and I know I said location wasn't a factor but the more I thought about it, it was a huge factor.
"I'm very close to my family and I have a lot of friends here. The chance to play in front of them and have them see me play in person was huge. I love the area and I had been praying about this for a long time and feel God had put this on my heart. Like I said, Oregon State was a great school but Washington is the place for me."
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Locker said there were several other factors that put the UW over the top.
"Coach Willingham was a huge factor," Locker said. "He's the kind of person I want to play for. I have a lot of respect for him and I believe he's going to do great things. I think we can build something at Washington. I got call from, Ryan Tolar already today and I'll be calling Steve Schilling and Taylor Mays to see what they're thinking. It would be great if we can all go to Washington together."
Locker is a tremendous talent and a top five quarterback nationally in our eyes. He's also a tremendous baseball player who could go that route or double sport in college.