Recruiting: Locker heading to WSU for Junior Day

THE FIRST OFFER Jake Locker received was from Washington State but as noted then, it wouldn't be the last. The All-State performer from rural Ferndale now holds five Division I-A scholarship offers. The highly sought quarterback this weekend has a full travel schedule on tap, one that culminates with a Saturday trip to the Palouse.

Locker will travel to Pullman for Washington State's junior day this Saturday. The day before, he'll be on the campuses at two other Northwest schools.

"On Friday I'm going to go to Oregon and Oregon State," said Locker. "Then on Saturday, I'll be at Washington State for their junior day."

In addition to the Cougs, Locker has offers from Washington, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State.

Coming on strong of late are Georgia Tech, Stanford, Purdue, Nebraska and Oregon. Colorado, Miami and Notre Dame are among those also showing interest.

THIS WEEKEND could be big in determining where Locker ends up.

Locker hasn't made the decision on if he'll pursue baseball or football but all things being equal, football might have a slight edge. He'd like to make that decision before the start of his senior football season.

THE LAST TIME Locker talked to, see March 29 Hot News, the Ferndale product mentioned the UW as having a slight lead and that's still the case -- but Locker said that could change after this weekend's trips.

"That's just mostly because I had only seen them -- went and visited (UW)," said Locker. "I'll probably have a better view of that after this weekend."

Locker looks to have the talent to play quarterback or defensive back at the next level but the Cougs and most every other school are all recruiting him at quarterback.

Academics and the coaching staff will be critical factors in his decision. A very strong Christian, Locker also excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.8 GPA. He is considering a major in Architecture or possibly Communication.

Distance could also come into play with a large extended family in the area, who he'd like to be able to travel to see him play on Saturdays but it's important to note Locker hasn't ruled out any school at this stage of the game.

At the next level, he'd like his position coach, and coaching staff, to challenge him to continually improve. But it's also important to him to form close ties off the field with the coaches, so the relationship is more than just football.

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