Jacob Sirmon becomes the first recruit to commit to the Huskies for the Class of 2018.
Jacob Sirmon, a sophomore quarterback at Bothell High School, on Sunday announced his verbal commitment to Washington, giving the Huskies a potential heir apparent to true freshman Jake Browning.
Sirmon, listed at 6-feet-4 and 209 pounds on his hudl.com recruiting page, is the nephew of former UW linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and the son of David Sirmon, an associate professor of management in UW’s Foster School of Business.
“I know some people might look at this and think it’s a little early (for him to make a commitment), but to me it’s 100 percent — I’m certain that the University of Washington is the place for me. There’s no doubt in my mind,” Sirmon said in a phone interview. “Honestly, why wouldn’t I commit when I know this is the place I want to be? I love Coach Petersen and this staff; the program is going in the right direction; I’ll be close to my family and I’ll stay in contact with them, watching my brothers grow throughout their high school careers.
“Everything I want was right here.”
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On Sunday, Sirmon met with UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith to watch film before meeting with coach Chris Petersen and attending UW’s practice at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
“I got to go watch film with Coach Smith and see how he coaches; he’s an awesome coach. I love the way he handles things and the way he teaches,” Sirmon said. “Coach Pete is obviously a great guy; he’s just an awesome dude to be your head coach.”
One of the most appealing aspects of UW’s situation, Sirmon said, is the opportunity to potentially succeed Browning, who this season became the first true freshman in school history to open the season as the starting quarterback.
“His senior year will be my true freshman year, and I’ll probably redshirt my first year and then have a chance to compete for the job my redshirt freshman year,” Sirmon said.
Sirmon watched Browning closely this season and thought he did “an extraordinary job … especially for a true freshman with a young line, a young team. There’s so much to take away from his poise and his presence.”
Sirmon, the oldest of five siblings, just wrapped up his first season as Bothell’s starting QB. He is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout, and he also had offers from Washington State and Nebraska; Oregon and UCLA had also reached out to him recently.
He is the first recruit to commit to UW for the Class of 2018.