Dawgman Signing Day Profile - Jake Haener

Monte Vista (Danville, Ca.) QB Jake Haener had an outstanding three-year prep career and will be given every chance to earn the backup job as a freshman...



Comparison: Jonathan Smith (Oregon State)

Prep Career/Awards: Started 11 games as a sophomore and finished the season 219 of 377 (58.1%) for 2,483 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was named Second Team All-State. As a junior, Haener completed 208 of his 321 attempts (64.8%) for 3,005 yards with 35 touchdowns and just six interceptions and was named First Team All-League and All-Region as well as Second Team All-CIF Nor Cal. This past season, Haener capped of his prep career by going 170 of 279 (60.9%) for 2,976 yards with 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading his team to the state title and garnering First Team All-League, First Team All-Region, First Team All-CIF Nor Cal, San Ramon Valley Player of the Year honors as well.

Offers: In addition to the Huskies, Haener had offers from Fresno State, Akron, Hawaii, Middle Tennessee, Toledo and Utah State among others.

Why Washington: "Well coach Pete (Chris Petersen) has done a great job everywhere and it was a smart choice for me. My mom and grandfather also attended the school and it was a perfect fit for me offensively."

If he had chosen a different school: "Colorado State and UCLA probably would have been my other favorites."

Analysis: "Haener stands just at 6'0", but he makes up for it with good accuracy and ability to see the whole field. He's a consistent passer, with a smooth release and delivery. Has good arm strength and the ability to make all the throws, looking best in the shorter and intermediate routes." -- Brandon Huffman

Position Projection: Haener won't blow you away with his physical attributes, but he's smart and accurate, two of the biggest factors in whether Petersen will recruit you or not. He won't challenge for playing time right away, but he'll be "great in the room" and have a chance to push for the backup role after a redshirt season.

2017 Season Projection: With Jake Browning already entrenched, the Huskies aren't a school that needs to a prospect to come in and play right away. Haener will be given lots of reps during fall camp to see where he's at, but expect him to redshirt and then challenge for the backup role as a redshirt freshman in 2018.

Jake Haener 2016 Senior Highlights

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