Jake Locker had the riches of many worlds facing him.
And in the end, he chose the least profitable financially in the short term, but quite possibly the best one – and most enriching – down the road.
The UW quarterback spent valuable time with his family in Ferndale over the weekend, especially Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday morning, he walked into coach Steve Sarkisian's office with his dog, "Ten", sat down and sternly presented the announcement the entire Husky Nation was waiting for.
"He made the statement, 'Coach, I'm staying,'" Sarkisian said.
A short time later, after the quarterback left the office, Sarkisian said he gave offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who was also present, a "good high-five and a hug" in celebrating the news.
Later, Locker sent a mass text message to his UW teammates, breaking the news before it was made public.
"There is no hidden agendas (with Locker), no tell-me-what-to-do," Sarkisian said. "He's a bright young man. He put in the time to do this the right way."
In the middle of finals, Locker will not be available for comment until returning from holiday break in January. But through the university, he said, "After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year. 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."
Some quick hit stuff about Locker's announcement:
• One of the pieces of data Locker didn't wait for was his NFL draft project from the league's advisory board – primarily because the "evaluation (wasn't) going to reveal anything different what the experts were putting out there."
• Last week, Sarkisian said one of the points Locker would research was how well underclassmen quarterbacks have fared once they jumped to the NFL.
"The numbers don't support doing it," Sarkisian said.
• The last few weeks of the season, including an Apple Cup triumph over Washington State, and an upset over then-19th-ranked California, did impact Locker's decision to return.
"It helped immensely," Sarkisian said.
• The UW coach said all parties are prepared for all the outside distractions, including a heavy university-fueled Heisman Trophy campaign, that Locker will face next season.
Sarkisian said those sorts of things will help prepare him for the NFL.
• Locker will take out an insurance policy on his own.
• There was no mention of Locker wanting to pursue some aspects of baseball in the offseason.
• After the announcement came out, UW athletic officials said 30 season tickets immediately purchased for 2010. It grew to 65 by the close of the business day Monday.