Quarterback Cyler Miles, from Mullen High School in Denver, is Washington's fourth commitment for the Class of 2012.
Sophomore Keith Price was named Washington’s starting quarterback at the end of spring practice, making him the for-the-moment heir apparent to Jake Locker.
The Huskies, however, are continuing to stockpile quarterbacks, the latest coming Friday when UW received a commitment from Cyler Miles of Mullen High School in Denver, where he will be a senior this fall.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is the second quarterback to commit for the Class of 2012, joining Mercer Island’s Jeff Lindquist, who committed in late April. Players cannot sign binding letters of intent until Feb. 1.
That gives UW the prospect of five scholarship quarterbacks for 2012, all of whom would be juniors or younger — Price, Nick Montana (currently a redshirt freshman), incoming freshman Derrick Brown who signed last February, and Lindquist and Miles.
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Miles, however, said he isn’t worried about the numbers.
“I think every school, there is another quarterback that is going to be there,” Miles said in a telephone interview Friday. “That wasn’t a big factor. You’re going to have to compete wherever you go, that’s how I look at it.”
Miles also had offers from Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and Colorado, where his father Brian played running back.
But he said Colorado, which recently received a commitment from California quarterback Shane Dillon, didn’t feel right.
He visited UW during spring practice and said, “I loved everything about it. It just seemed to fit. I could really see myself there for the next four, five years. I narrowed the schools down and I just decided that’s where I had the best relationship with the coaches and the players. I loved being around the guys. That’s how I determined the decision.”
He was 144 of 212 passing last season (67.9 percent) for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 255 yards and six touchdowns for Mullen, a private Catholic school that won the state 5A title.
Current UW receiver Devin Aguilar also attended Mullen, and Miles said that helped in the early learning process about Washington.
What also helped was seeing the Huskies on the field the past few years.
“Watching Jake Locker play, that was probably the initial thing,” he said. “And seeing the pro-style offense they run. It’s similar to what we run here. I just kind of kept looking into it and everything fell into place. I fell in love with the place.”
Washington has had just three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster during the first two years of coach Steve Sarkisian’s era. The Huskies will also have just three on scholarship in 2011.
Miles is the fourth overall commitment for UW’s Class of 2012.
Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or firstname.lastname@example.org