As you know, if you’ve follow this blog or sports in general, yesterday was National Signing Day in college football. I tried to keep up with the news all day with a live signing day thread but I didn’t go into much depth on reviewing any of the players. That’s because I’m going to review the players in their own separate posts. We’ll start with quarterbacks today and as the days pass, I’ll make my way down the list of positions. Some posts will be longer than other because of the amount of players, obviously. I get most of my information from what the recruiting web sites say, watching video and hearing what Sark said about them. With that being said, I’ll try to throw in some of my own opinion into the review and what it will mean to the Huskies. I’ll give each position a review in terms of recruiting, although don’t take them too seriously.
Matthew has been reviewing the players that are already on the Huskies, by position (the latest one being wide receivers). I won’t include any thoughts on those players aside from general comments. This will strictly be about the incoming players who signed yesterday, but if you have any questions about the Huskies leave them in the comments and we’ll get to them.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, your newly signed Washington Husky quarterbacks:
- Jeff Lindquist: Lindquist is a kid from Mercer Island High School. I’ve been to a few football games there in the past two years and was shocked at how few of players they had on their team. They are a 3A school but only have 30-40 people on their team. Lindquist turned them from a the bottom of the conference team to one who competed in a very tough league. Jeff has a very strong-arm with good touch, from what I’ve seen. He’s a big kid, 6-3, 230 lbs., and reminds some of Jake Locker. He’s not as fast as Montlake Jake but is a much more polished passer at this phase in his career. He did a lot of read-option stuff in the games I saw him in, along with some pro-style offense. He’s rated as a 4-star prospect by most quarterback services and went to the elite 11 camp (a camp for, what are considered the best quarterback prospects in the nation). Lindquist committed to U-Dub way back in April, as he was deciding between the Huskies and Stanford. He has some pretty good stats from high school (as do all of these prospects). Jeff was 141-255 passing this year for 1,908 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also added 826 yards and 12 more touchdowns on the ground. I’ve met Jeff once and know many people who are friends with him over on Mercer Island. They all speak volumes about his character and how he’s a great person. Coach Sark said the same thing in his press conference on Wednesday. Lindquist is one of the top prospects in this class, but people seem to have forgotten how big it is that this guy has signed since he committed a long time ago.
- Cyler Miles: Miles will come from Denver, Colorado and is another top quarterback prospect. He’s a little bit smaller than Lindquist but not much at 6-2, 220 lbs. Miles, like Lindquist, committed back in the spring but his recruitment was a little more interesting. After Doug Nussmeier left for Alabama, Miles considered going to USC. He reaffirmed his commitment once and then on signing day he went silent. He again considered USC and then finally decided on U-Dub. Maybe he was just making fun of Jordan Payton, “You committed to 4 different schools? Well, I’m going to commit to the same school 4 times! Haha!” If Miles doesn’t end up doing anything U-Dub I will associate him with keeping me up on signing day when I could have been taking my nap. Fortunately, I don’t think that will happen because he’s pretty darn good. Miles is considered to be another top-15 quarterback in the nation. He’s rated as a 4-star recruit by most recruiting services. If you’re wondering, he’s rated higher than Lindquist on some sites but lower on others (more on that later). Miles has a bit of a strange release but I would expect that to be taken care of when he steps on campus. He’s a very fast runner, he’ll probably be our fastest quarterback when he steps on campus. I don’t know exactly what kind of offense he ran in high school, but it’s said that he’s taken a lot of snaps under center, so I’m guessing it was a sort of pro-style offense. I’ve heard several times that he’s Keith Price-like in that he always keeps his eyes down-field while being elusive. He played in the Army All-American game and did quite well, passing and rushing for a touchdown. Miles is another one of this classes jewels and it’s a very good thing that we kept him.
Overall Grade – A
If I gave out A+ grades I’d give this position one. I don’t give out them because A+’s are for kids who are always trying to 1-up each other and that’s annoying. Take a break and watch a movie or go play catch, kids! Anyway, it’s rare for a team to take 2 top-15 (maybe even higher) quarterbacks in one class. They’ll immediately compete for a backup job against Derrick Brown and I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of them not redshirt. I have no idea who’s better at this point. I like Lindquist a little more right now, but that’s only because I’ve seen him play more. They both have a lot of potential and it will be fun to watch. I don’t know what will happen with them, especially if Max Browne from Skyline picks UW next year (although it sounds unlikely at this point). But, it’s nice to have quarterback depth and both of these kids could be very special.
More reviews on the positions later!