Posted by Bryan Fischer
A day after losing one of the best players in Washington history to the NFL Draft with Jake Locker going in the first round, Steve Sarkisian added a signal caller who he hopes can continue the tradition with the verbal commitment of Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist.
"I sat down and talked to my parents (Tom and Juli) last night and we kind of figured it out and were like, 'let's just get this done,'" Lindquist told the Seattle Times. "We got it done, closed the deal. We kind of laid it out and, at the end of the process, we were like, 'We think UW is the overall better place for me.' So that's where I'm at."
Lindquist held offers from Washington, Washington State and Stanford. He narrowed his choice down to the Cardinal and the Huskies and wanted to pull the trigger this week but it was a difficult decision for Lindquist, who's brother, Sam, is a pitcher on Stanford's baseball team.
Nevertheless, the 6-foot-3, 220 pound Lindquist is yet another dual-threat quarterback to come out of the state of Washington and pledge to play for the state's flagship program. After making his commitment, he will take in the Huskies' Spring Game and do so with a bit of a different feeling knowing that it's his future school.
"I think it will be a lot of fun to see it from a different lens," he said. "I don't really know what to expect from it, but it should be a lot of fun. I'm going with a couple of my buddies and a couple of family members, so it should be a good time."
Lindquist is the second commit for the Class of 2012, joining Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens. He threw for 1,994 yards last season and rushed for 1,017 yards. His highlights are below.