ESPN/Gohuskies.com: Locker staying at UW

ESPN and gohuskies.com are reporting Monday that Washington QB Jake Locker has decided to stay at UW for his senior season, foregoing the 2010 NFL draft. We'll have more on this breaking story as it develops.

Word is coming down that his teammates all received a text from Locker saying he was going to stay for his final year. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times is also confirming his sources as saying Locker will return in 2010.

Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN initially reported the news of Locker's decision. Locker was named by ESPN's Todd McShay earlier in the day as his No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. This news was quickly followed by a front page story on gohuskies.com, Washington official AD website. Here is the link.

"After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year," said Locker. "I am very excited about this team's opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it."

"I believe he did this for all the right reasons," his father Scott told Dave 'Softy' Mahler and Hugh Millen on KJRAM-950 shortly after the news came out. "There's a lot of days I'll never forget. And this will be right up there with them. This ride, I wouldn't trade it for anything, so I'm thankful we'll be back for another year."

Scott confirmed that his son did not wait for an NFL evaluation to come back before making the determination that he wanted to play his final season at UW. If McShay's evaluation held true, Locker could have signed a contract in the realm of Matt Stafford's six-year, $41.7 million pact he signed as the No. 1 pick of the Detroit Lions last draft.

"He's not about that," Scott said when asked about the financial impact of his son's decision. "I know it's hard to believe when you're talking about millions of dollars. It's all about being with your buddies. You can't redo college, and I don't think he was ready to give up on that."

Scott did add that the family will definitely have an insurance policy in place for this upcoming season.

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