Why UW? “Washington was the right fit for me. 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.”
Other Suitors: Bridge-Gadd was committed to New Mexico State for a while and he also had offers from UNLV, San Jose State, Tulane, Eastern Washington, Dartmouth and South Dakota.
Scouting Report: “Bridge-Gadd had a spectacular senior season; he was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona and led his team to the state title game. He threw for over 4,000 yards and threw 47 touchdowns and didn't turn the ball over, throwing just nine picks. He added 627 yards and 17 scores on the ground but I would not call Daniel a dual-threat quarterback. I think he is athletic enough to extend plays at the college level but was just a man among boys in high schools. He has good size at 6-2 200 and has a strong enough arm to make all of the throws. He throws a nice ball and has a quick release.” – Jason Jewell (Scout.com)
Quotable: “I feel like I can do whatever I need to do to help my team win on the football field. If that means to make the right reads and use my arm, then I can do that, but if I need to run and use my feet to help us win a game, I can do that too. I will do anything to help my team win. I hate to lose.”
Accolades: The Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arizona as a senior in 2015 ... named to the All-Arizona (all levels) first team at quarterback ... the Arizona Republic's Big Schools Player of the Year in 2015 ... named Division III Player of the Year and all-state quarterback by scout.com ... completed 251-of-374 passes for 4,258 yards and 47 touchdowns with just nine interceptions while also rushing for 627 yards and 17 touchdowns on 139 carries last fall ... passing yards and TD totals both set school records ... led the Trojans to a 13-1 overall record and their first-ever berth in the Division III state championship game, where Paradise Valley suffered its lone defeat of the season (29-27 to Desert Edge) ... career-high seven TDs and 512 yards passing in a state playoff win over Catalina Foothills ... also had three five-TD games as a senior, throwing at least one scoring pass in all 14 games and three or more in 10 of 14 ... as a junior, completed 171-of-265 pass attempts for 2,740 yards, 41 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also rushing for 587 yards and five TDs on 123 carries ... threw a TD in every game in 2014, including six vs. Arcadia and five against Horizon ... Trojans went 10-2 his junior year, advancing to the state tournament quarterfinals ... as a sophomore in 2013, went 236-for-345 for 2,410 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions ... saw limited action on the varsity team as a freshman ... also played basketball and ran track at Paradise Valley ... played football for coach Greg Davis.
Projection: “With Jake Browning in place, Bridge-Gadd’s services hopefully won’t be needed for a few years. He’s a good leader and a strong competitor. There’s no getting past the fact that Washington offered several other signal-callers before they came around to Bridge-Gadd, but he has enough skills and moxy to be a quality player in the Pac 12 in a couple of years.” – Scott Eklund (Dawgman.com)