Jensen talks recruiting

The Huskies have been hot on the trail of several quarterback recruits and one of the top signal-callers in the state of California is Gilroy QB Jamie Jensen. After putting up huge numbers as a junior, Jensen is getting ready for an even bigger senior season. Dawgman.com caught up with Jensen recently and he updated us on recruiting and what his schedule looks like over the next few months.

Jensen led northern California and finished second in the entire state by going 293-for-469 for 4,323 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions as a junior. For his efforts Jensen earned Tri-County Athletic League Most Valuable Player, was an All Tri-County Athletic League selection and was named by the San Jose Mercury as the Santa Clara County Junior of the Year. He was also named by the San Jose Mercury to the All-Santa Clara County Football Team.

With those numbers, you'd expect to hear he's been playing quarterback since he could walk. If that's what you thought, you couldn't be more wrong.

"Growing up and playing Pop Warner, I was always the big kid so I was always playing center or guard or defensive end," Jensen said with a laugh recently. "When I was in eighth grade, that's when I started to lengthen out and as a freshman I started playing quarterback.

"When I was a sophomore, I moved up to varsity, but I didn't play because we had a senior, so the first real time of playing quarterback was last year when I put up the big numbers."

Jensen has excellent size (6-3, 205) and the knowledge of a complicated passing game so there doesn't seem to be any question he can pick up the college game. Even with those traits he said his best feature is his calm and cool demeanor.

"I don't get phased by things," Jensen said. "I can take a big hit and come right back and make a good decision. I don't get caught up in guys talking or if I throw an interception I don't get down. I just about my business and figure I'll get another chance to make a play later on, so I think it's that that helps me be the kind of quarterback schools like back there."

On the recruiting front, Jensen doesn't have any offers yet, but things could be in the works for him to haul in that first offer pretty soon.

"Utah, Nevada and BYU all want me to come and check out their schools and go to camp so I'm going to do that next month," Jensen said. "UCLA also said they want me to come down for a day or two of their camp and Hawaii has been in touch recently about possibly camping out there."

Washington was an early suitor for Jensen, who said that head coach Tyrone Willingham made the long trek down to Gilroy to meet with his coach.

"Coach Willingham was down here after my season, but I didn't get to meet him while he was here," Jensen said. "That was kind of frustrating, but it is what it is.

"I know Washington has always had a pretty good program and that they have a good offense up there for someone like me. I haven't talked to any coaches from there yet, but I guess they've been talking to my coach.

"I'm open to visiting them during the summer on an unofficial visit, but at this point it's tough to say if I will make it up there or not. I need to sit down and figure out when I'll be at the different schools and camps. If I can fit it in, I will do my best to make it up there."

Even though he doesn't have any offers, Jensen said he is open to making a decision before his senior season starts, but said it just depends on the school and the situation.

"I want to play pretty early on, but I don't have to play as a freshman," Jensen said. "I'm LDS, but I'm not going to take my mission, so that really isn't a concern for me.

"I'm basically looking for playing time, the coaches and the program and just feeling comfortable. If I feel like the situation is right, then I'd commit somewhere, but if it's not, then I'll be happy to wait so schools can get a look at me and I can get a better look at those schools."

We'll continue to track Jensen's progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they happen.

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