Jake Browning, a 4-star quarterback recruit from Folsom, California, tweeted 11 days ago that he signed financial-aid paperwork with the University of Washington, the first step in the process of enrolling in January and participating in spring practices.
On Monday, Huskies coach Chris Petersen confirmed that Browning signed paperwork, which allows the Huskies to comment publicly about him.
"Really liked him from the start," Petersen said, "and I think a lot of people really liked him."
Players cannot sign binding national letters of intent until February, but a recruitable athlete can sign financial-aid paperwork before that date in order to enroll in college early.. A financial-aid agreement does not bind a player to a school, but does obligate the school to honor its financial commitment.
Petersen said the most important part of signing someone early is whether or not they're a good student. Obviously, Browning must complete his high-school course work in time to graduate at the end of the fall semester so he can enroll at UW for winter quarter in January.