Quarterback is the glamour position in football, and it's the position that gets the most attention from fans in recruiting. So it's no surprise that there was much gnashing of teeth among Husky fans when local stud prospect Jacob Eason opted to commit to the wrong Dawgs (the ones in Georgia) instead of the hometown team. That angst grew when prospects such as Matt Fink (USC), Max Gilliam (Cal), and Dillon Sterling-Cole (ASU) were offered and opted to commit elsewhere. However, that may have been a blessing in disguise as Washington then landed on a lightly recruited QB out of Arizona named Daniel Bridge-Gadd. He had committed to New Mexico State over offers from San Jose State, Tulane, and UNLV among others, but when the Huskies came calling in early October, it didn't take him long to flip his commitment to Washington.
As his senior season progressed and he kept putting up big numbers and leading his team to the state finals, it became clear the Huskies had gotten themselves a steal. He was rewarded at the end of the season with the Gatorade Arizona State Player-of-the-Year honors over notable recruits such as N'Keal Harry, Chase Lucas, Byron Murphy, Garrett Rand and Connor Murphy. He then signed his Financial Aid Agreement papers in late December, allowing him to enroll early in January, and he will get the advantage of taking part in spring practices, similar to Jake Browning last year.
Let's get this going!! We already have him on campus, Husky Nation please welcome QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd! #NSD16 pic.twitter.com/OB4S9H7Zxz— Coach Petersen (@CoachPeteUW) February 3, 2016
Welcome @Pvqb10 to the #Dawgs. Time to get to work! #NSD16 pic.twitter.com/m9SSimS5xy— Jonathan Smith (@coachsmithuw) February 3, 2016
Here are his junior season highlights courtesy of Hudl: