2016 Husky commit Daniel Bridge-Gadd will show up at Montlake on Monday January 3rd to begin his Husky career

2016 Paradise Valley (Phoenix, Az.) QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd received Gatorade Player of the Year honors for his state and now he's turned his focus to the next chapter, heading to Montlake, and he'll be in the Emerald City in the next few days to begin his career with the Huskies...

"I move into my dorm room up at U-Dub on January 3rd," Bridge-Gadd told Dawgman.com. "My family and I will get up to Seattle on the 30th (of December) and we'll take some time to go around the city, see the sites, stuff like that and then I will move in and begin school the following week.

"It's exciting. I'm really happy about my decision to be a Husky and I feel like it was the right fit for me. 

"My mom is a little sad because I'm leaving, but she's happy for me and she feels like I made the right choice too."

As a senior this past season, Bridge-Gadd helped lead his team to13-1 record and a berth in the 3A State Championship game by completing 67.1% of his passes (251 of 374) for 4,268 yards with 42 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also running for over 600 yards and 17 scores on the ground.

"I felt like I played pretty well," Bridge-Gadd said. "Obviously it wasn't good enough because we couldn't get the win in the state championship game, but I definitely think I improved from last year to this year."

Washington was the second FBS program to offer Bridge-Gadd, but they are the only Power 5 program that he had to choose from.

"In the end, Washington was the right fit for me," Bridge-Gadd said. "I was committed to New Mexico State for a while and I would have been happy there, but when Washington came along, I just knew it was going to be a good fit for me. Coach (Jonathan) Smith did a great job of recruiting me, I really like the program that coach (Chris) Petersen is building there and how he takes care of his players and they are in the Pac 12 and as a kid growing up, I always saw myself playing in the Pac 12 and leading a team."

Complicating matters a bit was Washington's courtship of local talent Jacob Eason who is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.

"The coaches up there called me and said that I was still their guy, but when a guy like Jake wants to visit, they can't say no to it," Bridge-Gadd said. "Honestly, I never once thought about de-committing or that the staff was pulling something. Wherever you go, you have to compete. It could be with an established starter or it could be with a freshman and eventually, it could be with a guy younger than you, so you have to be prepared for that. 

"I appreciated them talking to me about it, but honestly, it really didn't effect me one way or the other."

As far as his efforts to recruit other players, Bridge-Gadd has been working on one in-state prospect who he knows pretty well.

"Byron Murphy and I talk all the time and I think we have a great shot with him," Bridge-Gadd said. "Arizona State has a lot of pull with his family, so it's going to be tough, but he and I talk about playing together in college and I know he loves it up there."

Bridge-Gadd took his official visit the weekend that Washington played Oregon and late last week he signed his financial agreement papers to enroll at Washington. 

The quarterback isn't the only early enrollee for the Huskies. He will be joined in January by fellow 2016 classmate Taylor Rapp and then in March when another 2016 classmember, Amandre Williams, will enroll so that he can take part in spring practices.

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