Chris Peterson's first full class at a "major" college program picked up its biggest commitment to date on Monday, as 4-star quarterback Jake Browning (Folsom, Ca.) gave a verbal pledge to play at Washington next year.
Per Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee:
Browning later tweeted this picture as first-hand confirmation:
Officially committed to University of Washington. Excited to be a dawg when my high school days are over. Ella is too pic.twitter.com/LnD9vnSvwz— Jake Browning (@jake_browning) March 31, 2014
Browning is the No. 163 player and No. 7 pro-style quarterback on the 247Sports composite, checking in as the No. 24 player in the state of California. With the top two pro-style QBs in the class, Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Ricky Town (USC), already committed to play in the Pac-12, landing Browning was an important get for Washington's future.
Petersen left Boise State for Washington this offseason on the heels of the first single-digit win season of his head coaching career. As an in-game manager and maximizer of talent, he is widely and rightfully regarded as one of the best coaches in college football, but his ability to recruit at a power-conference level—simply by virtue of never having been tested—was a question before he joined the Huskies.
But Petersen closed strong during his first half class this offseason, poaching 4-star athlete Budda Baker from Oregon and 4-star QB K.J. Carta-Samuels from Vanderbilt. In addition to Browning, the 2015 class already includes a pair of top-500 prospects in running back Myles Gaskin and offensive tackle Trey Adams.
Browning is 6'2'' and displays good footwork and vision for a player his age. He's only 185 pounds and will likely need to add some weight in Seattle, but Browning's innate feel for the game makes him a potential quarterback to build around nonetheless.
The Huskies' current projected starter is Cyler Miles, a former blue-chip recruit who is suspended from team activities during an open assault investigation, per Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. With his future in doubt, the position might be open for Browning or Carta-Samuels to compete for a job sooner rather than later.
Either way, both guys should figure into UW's future at the position.
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