It didn’t take coach Chris Petersen long to land an oral commitment from a quarterback for the 2015 recruiting class.
Jake Browning, one of the top recruits on the west coast, announced on Monday that he plans to play football for the Washington Huskies. Browning, who is 6-foot-2 and said he weighs about 202 to 205 pounds, earned a bevy of regional and national awards after throwing for 5,737 yards and 75 touchdowns during his junior season at Folsom (Calif.) High School.
Reached by telephone on Monday, Browning said his commitment is “like a weight lifted off my shoulders.”
“What it came down to was, I liked the coaches and I liked a lot of the players, and it seemed like a good environment, where everyone’s trying to get better,” Browning said, adding that he enjoyed the city of Seattle during his official visit, and was also impressed by the school’s academic credentials.
He has lived in Folsom since age 5, but lived in Portland before that. Former UW coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff recruited Browning while they were still at Washington, and Petersen and new UW quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith – Browning’s primary recruiter – also recruited Browning while they were still at Boise State.
Browning said Petersen and his staff moving to UW was “like combining the best of both worlds.”
Browning said he had offers from Colorado, California, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, Boise State and Alabama. But he said a desire to stay close to his family on the West Coast and play in a spread offense (the same style Folsom uses) kept him from giving Alabama more serious consideration.
Scout.com considers Browning a 4-star recruit, and ranks him as the No. 7 quarterback in the 2015 class.
Browning becomes the third known player to give an oral commitment to UW for 2015, joining O’Dea running back Myles Gaskin and Wenatchee High School offensive lineman Trey Adams.
Petersen also landed a 4-star quarterback prospect in his first recruiting class at UW – K.J. Carta-Samuels, a native of San Jose, Calif., who signed a national letter of intent in February and will join the team in August.
NO CHARGES FOR MILES
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles will not be charged with a crime in connection with an alleged Feb. 2 assault, according to his attorney, Mike Hunsinger.
However, The Seattle Times reported that UW receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of malicious mischief in connection with the same incident, citing an anonymous source.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday that it is still reviewing the case.
Miles and Stringfellow have been suspended indefinitely since Feb. 6. Neither has been arrested. A UW spokesperson said Monday there has been no change to either player’s status.
Neither player has participated in UW’s spring practices, which resume Tuesday.
The investigation stemmed from an alleged assault that occurred in the University District the night of the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. A man alleged to police that two men assaulted him after asking whether he was a Seahawks fan.
The alleged victim used a copy of the UW football roster, with photos, to identify the two players he claimed assaulted him.
Miles, who will be a third-year sophomore, was presumed to have the inside track for UW’s starting quarterback position before his suspension.christian.caple@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @ChristianCaple