Mayday, mayday: Lindquist to pick by May 1

2012 Signing Day may be more than 10 months away, but Mercer Island High School (Mercer Island, Wash.) quarterback caller Jeff Lindquist hopes to end the recruiting process far sooner.

Lindquist, who holds offers from Stanford, Washington, and Washington State, says he has a self-imposed, soft deadline of May 1 to make a college choice. Currently, Stanford and Washington are Lindquist's favorites.

"My deadline is May 1, my quote-unquote deadline," Lindquist said. "Obviously, if I'm not ready to make it by then, then I won't, but I'm hoping to have everything laid out and feel comfortable with a decision by May 1."

Lindquist will take a major step in his decision-making process when takes his third trip to Stanford this Sunday through Tuesday, accompanied by both of his parents. Lindquist previously traveled to Palo Alto to participate in a NIKE Camp and a Stanford summer football camp. This visit will have a different feel.

"Football's part of this trip but it's also not all of it," Lindquist said.

Specifically, the three-star recruit hopes to acquire a more holistic view of what Stanford has to offer, both on and off the field.

"Just to get all the facts laid out so I can make my decision," Lindquist said of the trip's purpose. "I'm looking forward to meeting Coach Shaw in his new role and Coach Hamilton and the staff. Get a feel for what the football's like from the players. And then get a campus feel, and I'm staying overnight with one of the football players, so I'm looking forward to doing that."

For avid followers of Stanford athletics, the last name "Lindquist" may ring a bell. The familiarity stems from Jeff's older brother, Sam, a freshman pitcher on the Cardinal's baseball team. While the thought of going to school with family could potentially work in Stanford's favor, Jeff Lindquist said it won't be a deal-maker.

"I think it would be fun and it would definitely be a bonus of going there," he said. "It's not something that's extremely important to me because we haven't gone to school together since I was in sixth grade, because we went to different high schools. It would be something that's really fun, but not a huge factor in my decision." Instead, academics, coaches, and finding a school that's an all-around good fit will play critical roles in Lindquist's choice, he says.

"Education, how it sets me up if my future of football if it doesn't end up being my profession or if, [God] forbid, something happens, that's part of it, and then the football aspect of it, in terms of playing time, where I fit in the best," Lindquist said of his decision criteria. "[Stanford and Washington] both run the same offense, relatively, so that works out for both of them. The coaches, the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and the head coach, and lifestyle are a part of it also. Would I enjoy going to school there for the next four or five years?"

Heading into his Stanford unofficial visit, The Bootleg asked Lindquist to further dissect his finalists:

"With Washington, I really like [head coach Steve Sarkisian] and I really like [offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug] Nussmeier. I think the program is definitely on a big upswing. I like that it's close to home. They have an undergraduate business program that I think is awesome and I really want to do. Aside from that, I've grown up as a Husky, so that's UW."

"For Stanford, it would give me a chance to get away from home a little bit if that's something I end up thinking is important to me. The education at Stanford is almost unmatchable, so that's also very appealing to me. I like Coach Shaw and I like Coach Hamilton and it's been a great football program in the last couple of years, so I'm looking forward to that, and then also, I'd get to be with my brother again too."

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for more on Lindquist after his trip to The Farm concludes next week.

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