Sun Devils Pursue Elite 11 QB

On the field, Jake Locker is a scrambler. Away from the gridiron, he can calmly sit back and watch the various Pac-10 conference teams vigorously recruit him. Devils Digest talked to the Ferndale (Wash.) quarterback who has been impressed thus far with the Sun Devils.

"Recruiting is going really well with Arizona State," said the 6-2 210 Jake Locker. "My aunt went there so I know quite a bit about the school. She told me that it's great living down there and that the campus is nice."

Locker stated that he was offered a scholarship by ASU two and half months ago, and that all his dealings since then have been very positive in nature. "I met coach Myers a while back and I talked to coach Koetter not too long ago," he said. "I thought they were really great people. Coach Koetter has a great track record, and I'm very excited to get to know him better." Locker admitted that he'll be watching future ASU games with much more interest than he did in the past, but he also acknowledges that when watching the Sun Devils play in the past, he realizes that their offense is one that does attract him as a signal caller.

During his sensational junior year, one that has earned him first-team AP All-State recognition at both quarterback and defensive back, Locker threw for 1,314 yards and 16 TDs while rushing for 987 yards and 15 TDs. As the numbers would indicate, he's not your typical pocket passer. "I like to scramble and throw on the run," he said as he described his skills. "My weak point is dropping back to pass, because we run a Wing-T offense."

His attributes are obviously attractive to Arizona State, and he described how the Sun Devil coaches see him fitting in with their style of offense. "Coach Koetter said that a lot of teams are wanting a style of quarterback like myself who gets out of the pocket and throws on the run several times a game. He thinks I would fit in perfectly with my style at Arizona State."

Locker has fielded offers from virtually all of the Pac-10 schools. Nevertheless, the quarterback who lives two hours from Seattle doesn't feel that he will play close to home or in the conference at any price. "I got an offer from Tennessee the other day, and also from Northwestern," he explained. "I'd like to say that I would stay close to home, but there's a lot of schools I need to visit, and if I like one of them that's where I'll go and it doesn't matter if they're close to home or not."

When asked what factors will help him settle on the school of his choice, he replied: "Obviously the coaching staff – you're gonna spend four years with them so that's real important. I also will look at academics, what kind of program it is and how I fit in. I'm going to commit only after the football season ends."

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