Locker becomes a Dawg has been able to confirm that on Sunday afternoon, Ferndale QB Jake Locker verbally committed to the University of Washington while heading back home from an unofficial visit to Oregon State. Locker becomes the fourth commitment for new Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham and the third in-state recruit to pull the trigger for the Dawgs.

"I committed to the U today," Locker said from the road. "Throughout the whole process I've always liked them (Washington) but I didn't want to count anybody out until I checked everyone out. OSU was the school I wanted to see. I enjoyed the campus and I really liked the coaches, but it just wasn't the right fit for me.

"I really liked it, but I just felt like the U was where I needed to be. I just felt like I didn't need to sit around to make a decision, so I called them today."

Locker wasted no time in reaching Washington's new head man, Tyrone Willingham. "We talked for a little bit and then I told him I called to commit and that's where I wanted to go to school," he said of his conversation with Willingham. "He was excited, very excited to get it rolling now and get some other recruits in there and make it a really good class."

It appears as if this class is going to be a close one. Right after he talked to Willingham, Locker fielded a call from future teammate Ryan Tolar. "He was excited too," Locker said of Tolar's reaction to the news.

Locker agreed that his life has never been the same since Ferndale lost a close decision to Bellevue last year in the 2004 state 3A finals. "No, I didn't," Locker admitted when asked if he saw any of the attention coming after that barnburner in Tacoma. "Definitely not. It's been pretty wild."

There's no question he's looking for a rematch with the Wolverines. "Definitely that's something we're looking for, and hopefully we can see them again, play 'em hard and come out with a win," said Locker.

One thing Washington football fans are going to be a little gun shy about is Locker's ability on the diamond. "I had a pretty good year," Locker said of his high school baseball season. "I got player of the year for our league. Our team won two games in state, the first time one of our teams has done that in fifteen years."

So is a shot at the majors a possibility? "Possibly, but my main focus is football right now and we'll deal with that when it comes," said Locker.

And will he be a Diamond Dawg for coach Ken Knutson? "He (Willingham) asked about it, but I'm not sure if it's something that I'm going to want to do," Jake said.

Locker is the 7th-rated QB nationally by He is also ranked #97 nationally regardless of position by Jake is considered the 2nd-best QB prospect in the West and also the #2 player overall regardless of position in the Northwest Hot 100.

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