Locker Gets Elite 11 Invite

Everyone who saw Ferndale High School play in last years 3A State Championship game knew QB/DB Jake Locker was an elite player. Last weekend, that was confirmed yet again when Locker received an offer to attend the EA Sports Elite 11 camp. The camp takes place July 25-28 in southern California. Dawgman.com was able to catch up with the ever-elusive Locker and he talked about his summer and where he's at in the recruiting process.

"It was such an honor to get invited to (the Elite 11)," Locker told Dawgman.com. "It's sort of overwhelming. I never expected things to happen like this. It's just an honor to have the opportunity to do this."

Locker spent the weekend in Las Vegas at the EA Sports and Student Sports regional workout last weekend on UNLV's campus and received his offer at the end of the workouts. He becomes only the second Washington quarterback to receive that honor (Matt Tuiasosopo was invited in 2003). Another northwest quarterback, Beaverton, Oregon's Kevin Riley also received an invite following the workouts.

On the recruiting front, Locker continues to be a busy young man.

"Right now I have 16 offers," Locker stated, pulling out a list his father had typed up with the names of all the schools. "WSU, Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon, Wyoming, Boise State, Stanford, Northwestern, Tennessee, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, USC and UNLV.

"I'm not quite sure yet who my leaders are," he added. "I'm still trying to determine what schools to take visits to. I need to evaluate what's really best for me and where I will fit in. I'm planning on narrowing down my list to five by the end of the summer."

Locker had hoped to take unofficial visits to most of the schools who've offered him, but it just hasn't been possible with his hectic schedule. "I would have loved to have seen all the different campuses, but I just don't think that's going to be possible," Locker said. "I've been so busy lately that I think I just need to narrow down my list so that I can set up the (official visits)."

Locker said he wants to narrow his list down as soon as possible, so he can start focusing on his leaders and on his football season that is just around the corner.

Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano has been the coach recruiting him the most this spring and summer and Locker seems to like the first-year coordinator's approach to the game and to him.

"He's cool," Locker said. "I really enjoy talking to him. We don't always talk about the football program or me as an athlete. He focuses on stuff that doesn't have anything to do with football. We talk about my family, how I'm doing in school, more personal stuff and I think that's important – to have a great relationship with my coach is very important."

Also important to Locker is his family, but he says they won't be the deciding factor in where he intends to go to school. "Of course they have their thoughts and opinions, and I listen to them all," Locker said. "But when it comes down to it, it's my choice where I want to go and they won't push me to go somewhere I don't want to go."

Locker doesn't plan on any more camps the rest of the summer, choosing to attend only the Elite 11 camp and to work out with his teammates. Ferndale is scheduled to participate in the Big Kahuna Passing Challenge in Burnaby, BC July 9-10, so expect Locker to be leading his team across the border for a weekend.

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