Here's an updated story on quarterback prospect Jake Browning, who announced his oral commitment to Washington earlier today. We spoke with Browning on the phone a little while ago.
SEATTLE – 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’s lived in Folsom since age 5, but lived in Portland, Ore., 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 lists offers from Colorado, California, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, BoiseState and national power Alabama. But he said a desire to stay close to his family on the west coast (he has a 2-year-old sister) 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 announce an oral commitment to Washington, 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 for preseason practices in August.
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