Two-Sport Washington Star on Michigan Offer

In a down year for the West Coast with regards to quarterbacks, one standout two-sport star is considered way above the rest. Already counting 13 offers, including one recently from Michigan, Jake Locker talks with GoBlueWolverine about football, baseball, family, and his plans for going to college.

Jake Locker Profile

6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback Jake Locker of Ferndale, Wash., High School reports 13 offers, mainly from Pac 10 schools including the two in-state schools. "Washington State was the first to offer me," he said. "Washington has also offered. Most of the Pac 10 has offered but a couple eastern schools have too. Tennessee, Michigan, and Northwestern. I haven't received anything yet in the mail from Michigan. Coach (Scot) Loeffler told me on the May 31 that one would be coming." Locker went on to say that Loeffler and Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English stopped by his school during the May evaluation period.

Football is not the only sport on this talented athlete's resume. He is also a pitcher and shortstop for Ferndale. "I have a 94 mile-per-hour fastball," he said. "Most of the schools that have offered me said I could play both. Coach Loeffler said they didn't advise me playing baseball if I went to Michigan, because football there is so time consuming, but he said if I wanted to play I could."

Locker was selected for the All-State team as a quarterback and a cornerback. He said most schools are recruiting him as a QB, but USC is looking at him for the DB spot. The young man didn't take up the quarterback position until he reached high school. "I was a running back and Ferndale mainly runs the wing-T," he said. "So the varsity coaches asked me to back up during my freshman year. Then as a sophomore I took over the spot full-time." As a junior, Locker reports over 3200-yards passing with 25 touchdowns. He also said he rushed for over 1000-yards with 15 touchdowns on the ground. He also returns kickoffs for the Golden Eagles.

Locker is a Washington native, and said all of his family lives within a twenty-mile radius of Ferndale. "Both sets of my grandparents are still alive and they have been very supportive of me, going to almost every game I've ever played," he said. "It would be difficult for them to travel to see me play if I decided to go out of state. I need to consider them, but if the opportunity for me is better elsewhere then I will choose to go out of state."

Ferndale went 13-2 on the season, which ended with a tough 31-28 loss in the State finals to Bellevue, home to another Michigan target - offensive lineman Steve Schilling. "I've gotten to know Steve and we talk a lot," Locker said. "We talk about going to school together. You like to play with the best." Locker said he's also spoken on occasion with safety Taylor Mays of O'Dea High School in Seattle.

Locker is also a star in the classroom. He reports a 3.75 grade-point-average and a 1500 on the new SAT. He said he would like to major in engineering or architecture. Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters recently interviewed Locker for ScoutTV. Click here to view the interview.

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