BREAKING NEWS: Cougs land their Quarterback

THE COUGAR OFFENSE that Paul Wulff and staff will bring to Washington State in 2008 requires a smart, athletic quarterback who can make precision throws. One such field general -- who completed a remarkable 76 percent of his throws in '07 -- received a crimson offer Thursday night. He immediately verballed to WSU, cancelled a planned official to Arizona and will instead trip to the Palouse.

Lakewood's Calvin Schmidtke late Thursday evening got the one he was waiting on.

"I'm very excited, I was jumping around the house," said Schmidtke of receiving and immediately accepting the full ride offered by Wulff.

This season, Schmidtke completed an astounding 76 percent of his passes, racking up 2,724 yards, 37 TDs with only 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 10 scores. He sounded for all the world like a quarterback and leader on Thursday night who was ready to get after it.

"I'm also looking forward to doing my best to bring in some other talented players around me in this year's class. I want to bring back the winning tradition to Washington State. I want us to win the Pac-10 championship and play in the Rose Bowl," said Schmidtke.

SCHMIDTKE's OFFICIAL VISIT to the Palouse is now slated for the weekend of Jan. 19, canceling out a scheduled official trip to Arizona.

The 6-0, 186-pound field general became the third player out of Lakes High to verbally commit to a Pac-10 school. Jermaine Kearse and Kavario Middleton pledged to Washington in November.

Since February, Schmidtke had been recruited by Wulff and recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen while they were still at Eastern.

"They're bringing in an offense that's a little different...and what they see in me, they told me they like my athletic ability, that I'm able to make plays with my feet as well as my arm, and that I'm very accurate. And they like that I make smart decisions," said Schmidtke.

AMONG THE honors and accolades following his senior campaign, Schmidtke was named the 2007 Tacoma News Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year, to the Seattle Times all-state first team and was also honorable mention AP all-state. Northwest Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters says Schmidtke is reminiscent of another Cougar quarterbacking great.

"I think a comparison to Jason Gesser is very valid -- it's easy to see the competitive drive in both and I'd say they are similar in arm strength," said Fetters. "The system Dave Miller runs at Lakes requires the QB to make all the throws and Calvin can. His arm strength is there right now -- and it will only improve as he gets stronger.

"Calvin is undersized like Jason but neither let that get in the way of their Pac-10 aspirations and I'd say Calvin is probably the better athlete at this stage. Both came from very strong prep programs loaded with talent, yet they were always the ones who made it all go."

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