Bothell (Wash.) 2018 quarterback Jacob Sirmon is the No. 3 quarterback in the country in the 2018 class.
But even Sirmon knew he had to make a jump from an up-and-down sophomore season.
In his first start of the season, Sirmon threw for 420 yards and four touchdowns, and had two touchdowns called back, including a Hail Mary right before the half.
"It was fun getting out there on the opening night and it just felt a lot different," said Sirmon. "Nothing is the first time anymore. I've been through a season and the up's and down's. I've been there before and knew what to expect."
Sirmon showed more patience in the pocket, got through his reads and did a good job distributing the ball.
"A lot of my offseason training this year was staying in the pocket, keeping my eyes down field and trusting my lineman," said Sirmon. "A lot of those drills equated to the success that night. I know not every play is going to result in a touchdown but its the maturity process, the consistency through the length of the game, was important. I might have been more rattled last year and more eager to escape the pocket but now I'm a little more confident staying in there and making my reads."
Sirmon made an early commitment to Washington and hasn't wavered in that decision.
"I talk with Coach (Jonathan) Smith and Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) as much as I can," said Sirmon. "It was exciting to see John Ross back and it's like he's an exciting new addition to the offense."
"The Alabama offer was cool and that was a fun one to get. Talking to Nick Saban was cool and just showed all the hard work I've established," said Sirmon. "I talked to Coach (Lane) Kiffin but Tosh Lupoi coached with my uncle (Peter Sirmon) at Washington so I've known him for a while."
The offers from the Wolverines and Bruins also impressed him.
"Both UCLA and Michigan were big because those are the kind of schools that obviously have a name in college football and produced NFL type quarterbacks," said Sirmon.
Michigan offered in the spring.
"It has been mainly Jay Harbaugh recruiting me but I've talked with Jim Harbaugh some too and they like what they've seen from me," said Sirmon.
And the Bruins offered at the beginning of summer, another former quarterback who also played at Pop Keeney Stadium, Marques Tuiasosopo, offering him.
"Coach Tui offered me and has been the main one recruiting me and I've known him for a while too since he coached at Washington and is from up here and he and I have a good relationship," said Sirmon.
But Sirmon said that there was a reason he committed early to Washington.
"Washington is a great program and they're really doing great things and there is a great opportunity there," said Sirmon. "I have a great relationship with Coach Pete and Coach Smith and I'm planning to get to as many games as I can. Right now, my main focus is my season and I don't really worry about recruiting anyway."
This week, Bothell will play Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, where Sirmon will face his former assistant coach Mike Bush, now the head coach at Kentwood.
"Coach Bush helped with our offense when I was a freshman and I've spent a lot of time with him training over the years and they're a good program so that will be a good game for us," said Sirmon.null