Lindquist ready to compete

Husky Nation rejoiced when local Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist gave his pledge to the hometown Dawgs. While many believed he was headed to Stanford, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to stay home and play in front of his family.

Not only does Lindquist bring a very skilled game to UW, he made an early commitment to help recruit for the Huskies, so don't be surprised to see a couple of guys within "the fence" commit to UW partly because of Lindquist.

On the eve of his commitment to the University of Washington, Lindquist sat down with his family to decide where he would be attending college. "I just sat down with my parents and we talked over what would be the best decision to make," he told Dawgman.com. "After dinner, we just knew that UW was the right fit."

When asked what really influenced him to make that decision, Lindquist had the answer right away. "I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to play at Husky Stadium. I wanted to keep things in perspective early, especially when Stanford offered, but I knew that UW was the right fit for me."

Lindquist didn't hesitate to inform the coaches of his decision. "I went to the coaches' office with my parents, there were the handshakes and the hugs," he said. "They were really excited overall of the decision."

Lindquist attracted a lot of local fanfare around his decision, yet he remains very modest and doesn't get into the fame at all. There's reason for all the fans to be excited as Lindquist threw for 1,994 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Not only can he throw, Lindquist ran for 1,017 yards and 18 touchdowns during his junior campaign.

While it would be very easy to focus on him and his talent, Lindquist won't be participating much this summer, as he'll put his team first and focus on them getting better, "I'll probably go to the UW Nike Camp on June 19, and maybe the Steve Clarkson QB camp, but I'll mainly be focusing on my high school team," he said. This quote represents how team-oriented Lindquist is. He will be a great team leader and an incredible guy in the locker room.

His resolve as a Husky commit has already been tested, but he came through with flying colors. Washington secured a verbal commitment of another quarterback, Cyler Miles from Denver, Colo., but Lindquist - as humble as ever - knows that the UW coaches are making the right moves to get the team back to where they are competing for championships year-in and year-out. If anything, it has stoked Lindquist's competitive nature into a bonfire.

"It's for the Huskies," Lindquist told Dave 'Softy' Mahler of 950KJR Thursday night when news of Miles' commitment became public. "I'm not concerned about me. He'll make me a better player and I'll make him better. I know he's fast and pretty big too. It will make him and myself better. Gotta roll the ball out."

Lindquist has big goals as a Husky, and he tries to model his game after a very familiar name. "I look up to the guy that just got drafted, Jake Locker," he said. "I love the way he plays, and aside from his physical ability, just the way he leads his team and how tough he is." While Lindquist won't have the heavy expectations coming in as Locker did, they share many similarities - not only physically, but also personally and character-wise.

Lindquist hopes to pull some of the top in-state prospects to UW, particularly some of the guys he could throw to in the future, "I have really good relationships with Michael Rector and Cedric Dozier from previous 7-on-7's and we've built up friendships through the various off-season activities," he said. Both of these guys have strong interest in UW at this point, and each have indicated they want to play receiver in college. Don't be surprised if their previous experience with a solid quarterback will influence their decision to attend Washington.

As many already know, Jeff Lindquist is a very talented football player and an even better person. He will bring a positive impact to the University of Washington in so many different ways, and he has already created a lot of excitement for the future of Husky football. With his hopes of bringing other recruits to the University of Washington, it's likely that other quality recruits with the same type of character and enthusiasm will follow his lead.


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