The quarterback position has been a huge thorn in the sides of Washington coaches throughout this recruiting cycle. Highly rated prospects Jacob Eason, Matt Fink, Max Gilliam, Dillon Sterling-Cole, and Armani Rogers all passed on the Huskies. UW also showed interest in guys like Justin Herbert and David Moore, but those pursuits never materialized into an offer for either target.
Then Chris Petersen turned his sights on dual threat, and at the time a New Mexico State commit, Daniel Bridge-Gadd from Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix. Petersen sent QB coach and OC Jonathan Smith down to Arizona to scout Bridge-Gadd in person on October 2nd. Smith was impressed enough that the following day he called Daniel and extended an offer. Washington was the first Power-5 program to offer Bridge-Gadd and it didn't take long for him to set up a visit to Montlake. Daniel made his way up to Seattle for the Oregon game and that visit was apparently enough to seal the deal as he has now flipped his commitment to Washington. Scout's Jason Jewell, who covers southwest recruiting, broke the news of the commitment this afternoon:
Phoenix Az Paradise Valley QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd has committed to Washington https://t.co/Rmz38DI5zH— Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) October 19, 2015
Daniel Bridge-Gadd is a 3-star dual threat QB who models his game after TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin. Though listed as a dual threat Daniel says that he only uses his legs if he has to and has confidence in himself to make plays with his arm first and foremost. Bridge-Gadd's head coach Greg Davis when discussing his QB says that Daniel is someone who is emotionally invested in his team and teammates, noting that Daniel is constantly aware of how he is representing his school and football team. Daniel describes himself as calm, cool, and collected saying that he never really gets too high or too low. Bridge-Gadd told RealDawg's Lars Hanson that he plans to enroll at UW in January.
I was not able to find his senior season stats, but as a junior Daniel completed 171 of 265 passes for 2740 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He also rushed for 587 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Bridge-Gadd's junior season highlights can be seen below: