WSU in tight competition for elite QB

IF YOU FOLLOW college football recruiting, you know a prospect's schools of interest can change daily. Washington State, for instance, was left off the list of highly coveted quarterback Ferndale, Wash., quarterback Jake Locker in one recent report, causing some hand wringing among the Cougar faithful. But Locker's interest in WSU, as well as a number of other schools, has remained steadfast since Day One.

Locker (6-2, 210) will be on the road the next week, traveling through California and Oregon, after which the four-star prospect plans to narrow his list to five. The Seattle P-I reported the other day that WSU and Washington are locks to make the final five, with Oregon State, California, Oregon, Stanford and Tennessee vying for the other slots.

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After competing in the EA Sports Elite 11 this week, Locker will head to Corvallis, likely on Saturday, to check out Oregon State before returning home. He talked with Beaver coach Mike Riley this past week.

USC is another school that shouldn't be counted out on those final three spots. Locker spoke with Trojan assistant coach Rocky Seto a couple weeks ago, and told CF.C he always enjoys their discussions, which often center around their faiths.

Locker dismissed any talk of having a leader, saying he does not have a frontrunner.

ONE MORE QUESTION that doesn't appear to be answered any time soon: Football or baseball? Or both?

Locker hums a 94-mph fastball, and he hits for both average and power. Although football is on his mind these days, he spent a good portion of the offseason in a baseball summer league, chasing down flies in center field when he wasn't striking out batters.

"But it's over, so I can concentrate on football now," said Locker.

He's considered a potential high-round draft pick for the Majors but it appears he's leaning toward college, where he might play football -- and baseball. Washington State and others have told him he'd have the opportunity to play both.

"Almost every school who has given me an offer for football has said they've talked to the baseball coaches and said they'll make it work," said Locker.

Locker once thought he'd make an early decision between the two sports, and if it was college over the pros, an early verbal commitment. But with the high level of interest and number of schools involved, he said a decision won't likely be coming anytime soon.

"Whenever I feel I am able to make my decision, I will," he said.

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