Lindquist talks about Husky offer

Washington got their quarterback for the 2011 recruiting class when Dorsey's Joseph Gray committed late last week. Also very recently, the Huskies offered their first 2012 quarterback and it's a player right in their own back yard -- Mercer Island's Jeff Lindquist. spoke with the talented signal-caller recently about things including how the offer came about...

"I talked to coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (Doug) Nussmeier and they said they liked me a lot and what I could do fit their system well," Lindquist said. "They said they really liked my leadership and how I interacted with my teammates at their 7-on-7 camp this past summer when we were up there.

"They said they liked how I was with them no matter what happened, whether it was good or bad and that it showed leadership in how I ran the team."

Lindquist said he and his family were both excited about the offer.

"Oh man, I was really happy about it," Lindquist said. "I mean, they are my childhood school, the school I've followed all my life and it really was exciting to get the offer.

"My parents want me to go to whichever school I feel is the best; they are really supportive. My mom would probably want me to go to the University of Mercer Island if there was such a thing, so she'd like me to stay close, but she's very supportive of me and what is best for me, regardless of what she wants."

Linquist's older brother is currently playing baseball at Stanford and he said they are a school recruiting him, but it isn't assured that even if the Cardinal offer, that they would be his destination.

"It's a great school and it has a great football program," Lindquist said. "They would definitely get consideration, but the fact that my brother goes there, it won't be a deciding factor for me."

In addition to his offer from Washington, Lindquist already had and offer from Washington State and he's getting heavy interest from a number of schools across the country including Stanford, California, Duke, Purdue, Illinois, Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State among others.

The dual-threat quarterback completed 122 or 228 attempts for 1,439 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while rushing for 427 yards and 10 more scores as a sophomore last year and this year he's completed over 60% of his passes and thrown for nearly 1,000 yards with 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions and he's run for another 200 yards and 4 more touchdowns while leading his team to a 2-4 record.

Lindquist said he doesn't plan to make a decision too soon, but said that he'd like to make it in the spring at some point, so he can focus on his senior season.

"Right now, the plan is for me to play football, basketball and track my senior year, so I'm not planning on graduating early," Lindquist noted. "That doesn't mean that plans can't change and I could decide it would be best for me to do that, but I really enjoy playing those two sports as well, so it's not something I'm thinking about right at this point."

This Friday, Mercer Island plays host to Liberty in a Kingco 3A matchup.

We'll continue to keep track of Lindquist's progress through the recruiting process and we'll update news as it happens.

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