Washington QB Jake Locker, The Draft Study
Jake Locker attended Ferndale High School and led them to back-to-back state 3A State Title games. As “The News Tribune” words it:
"A near-upset of Bellevue in the 2004 Class 3A football state finals. The magical undefeated senior season that claimed the school’s first championship. A 37-4 record in three years as quarterback. And 95-mph fastballs."
We’ve got another multi-sport athlete on our hands. Let’s keep reading about his senior season:
"The Mustangs’ high-powered passing attack was no match for Ferndale. Locker ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 106 yards and two more scores. The Golden Eagles’ 47-12 win capped a 14-0 season."
And why did he go to Washington?
"He turned down offers from Southern California, Tennessee, Michigan and others and announced in late July 2005 that he would attend UW. He would join a Huskies team that had fallen on hard times and was, perhaps unfairly, called the program’s “savior.”"
Sounds like to me, that he valued the people and the community. That’s the same reason he stayed for his senior season but we’ll get to that later.
Here’s a link to that article. It’s a good read and very in-depth. It also mentions that he was first a DB.
Seattle Times points out:
"…as a senior, his team won the Class 3A state title and Locker had a 27-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, 24 rushing touchdowns and was recognized as a first-team Parade All-American."