Commitment Impact: Jeff Lindquist

Friday was a big day for Washington as Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist, one of the top QBs on the west coast, made his decision and committed to the Huskies. How does his commitment impact the 2012 recruiting class and what does it mean for the future? Read on to find out…

Lindquist's commitment to Washington wasn't stunning after you look at the situation and what type of family the young signal-caller comes from.

His older brother plays baseball at Stanford and Lindquist gave the Cardinal every opportunity to convince him that his home belonged in Palo Alto. With their academic success and the fact that it would be relatively easy for his family to get to and from his games, they almost nabbed him.

However, Lindquist grew up a Husky fan and see Jake Locker being drafted eighth in the first round by the Tennessee Titans as well as the ongoing battle at quarterback between Keith Price and Nick Montana, he must have figured it was his best chance of earning some playing time while also finding the Washington business school to his liking.

Lindquist is a serious person with a big heart and he will be an outstanding representative of the Washington football program. Just last month, Lindquist was out doing mission work in Mexico, giving up his spring vacation so he could help people in need.

Watching him play football, you can see he already has the size necessary to take the field for a D-1 program, although he still has another year of high school left. He has an above-average arm, good feet and his mechanics, while not flawless, are very sound.

He's also very tough.

After one game last fall, I had a chance to speak to the opposing coaches and they noted they were very impressed with Lindquist who had little in the way of help, but still managed to throw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns while taking a beating nearly every time he dropped back to pass.

While Lindquist is probably further along than Locker was at this point his career, he's got some of the same traits the former Husky signal-caller had in that he probably is even more accurate on the run. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that at times he was running for his life due to a lack of size along the Islanders' offensive line.

So, what does this mean for the other four quarterbacks known to have offers from the Huskies?

That would be the proverbial $64,000 question.

Mullen's Cyler Miles, San Clemente's Travis Wilson and Whitney's Jake Rodrigues have all let it be known that, while they wouldn't eliminate the Huskies from their list, a commitment from Lindquist will likely make them look elsewhere.

De La Salle's Bart Houston is the only signal-caller who mentioned that a commitment from another quarterback would not deter him from considering any school he wanted to go to and, after visiting Seattle a few weeks ago, he came away with Washington very high on his list.

All of the quarterbacks with offers have been told the Huskies are likely to take a second quarterback in the 2012 class, but it wouldn't be a sucker bet to wager the Dawgs are probably done with Price, Montana and Derrick Brown and now Lindquist all in the fold.

Also, keep in mind that the 2013 in-state class boasts a young man, Skyline's Max Browne, who is likely to be one of the top quarterbacks in the entire country and the Huskies, along with Stanford, have a very good shot at reeling him in as well. Browne already has an offer from Washington and more are likely to start rolling in very soon.

Whatever the case, with Lindquist in the boat, the Huskies can now turn their full efforts on the rest of the in-state offers – Mariner RB Keivarae Russell, Puyllup OL Josh Garnett, Lakes OL Zach Banner, Juanita OL Nathan Dean, Lakes ATH Cedric Dozier and Bellarmine Prep WR Michael Rector – and start building up what is likely to be one of the best recruiting classes ever at the University of Washington.


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