Geringer hopes to be in Seattle soon

Newbury Park (Ca.) QB Jake Geringer has seen things pick up on the recruiting front over the past two weeks and later this month hoping to be in Seattle to throw in front of the Husky coaches. spoke with the talented signal-caller and he talked about his strengths as a quarterback as well as what he thought when he visited Montlake back in April...

"I've already visited Washington to see the school and meet with the coaches and I loved it," Geringer told recently. "I came up for a day and watched one of their practices and got to sit in on one of their meetings and it was a great experience for me.

"Then we got to see the campus and the facilities and I got to see Seattle and it was a great city to be in. I really liked the weather a lot too. It wasn't too cold, but it was a little windy. It was a little overcast early in the morning, but eventually it got sunny, so it was just a perfect visit for me."

While on campus, Geringer also sat down and talked with Husky offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier and said he appreciated the truthfulness in regards to where he stood.

"He was really up front with me and I really appreciated it," Geringer said. "He said they were looking at a couple of other guys ahead of me, but that I was in the next group and that he was going to keep an eye on me and how I did this spring.

"He and I bonded really well when I was up there and I think he'd be a great coach to be with for the next four or five years of my life if I got an offer and committed to them."

As a junior last fall, Geringer had an outstanding season, completing 159 of 248 attempts for 2,229 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 198 and two more scores, leading the Panthers to a 10-2 mark.

"I think what I do best is manage the game and protect the ball," Geringer said. "I mean, I think I can throw it around and make plays, but I manage the game well and I don't turn it over, which is big because you put your defense in a bad spot if you do turn it over.

"This summer, I'm working on everything -- my mechanics, my strength, my speed, my agility -- I mean, you always have to improve and work as hard as you can all the time and that's what my focus is on."

One thing that Geringer thinks sets him apart from some of the other senior quarterbacks out there is the fact that Newbury Park ran multiple sets, so he feels he can adapt to any offense.

"We ran some spread and we actually ran some Wildcat because we had a really good running back by the name of Cameron Roberson who signed with Notre Dame," Geringer said. "Most of the time they motioned me out to wide receiver, but this year, I'll run the read-option more and it's been fun running it this spring getting used to it.

"But we also ran a lot of pro-sets and I-formations stuff because of Cameron and I had to get used to playing under center, so I had a chance to get used to making reads there and I think I did pretty well there too.

"Pretty much every program runs a spread, even the ones who are mainly under center most of the time, so that dual experience will help me out a lot."

In addition to the interest from Washington, Geringer is also getting attention from Oregon State, San Diego State and Wyoming, but he said the Huskies are at the top of his list at this point.

"Without any offers, Washington is right at the top," Geringer said. "I want to make my decision before my senior season, just to get things out of the way and to focus on my season.

"I'm also graduating early and I've talked to coach Nuss about that and, if I commit there, I want to definitely get up there after fall quarter and get into the system.

"I really like Washington a lot and feel like I could do well there, but I know I have to go out and perform well if I make it to their camp at the end of the month and then I'll see what happens."

We'll check on Geringer in the next few weeks to see how his second trip to Seattle goes.

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