Washington received unexpected good news this afternoon when QB Jackson Stratton out of La Jolla, California committed to the Huskies. He becomes the 3rd recruit in the class of 2022 for the Dawgs.
Stratton is a bit off the radar considering he committed to Washington seemingly immediately upon receiving the offer from Jimmy Lake and OC John Donovan this afternoon. He made the commitment over offers from Nevada and several Ivy league schools. At 6’4 and 205 pounds Stratton clearly has the size the Huskies are looking for at the position. 247 Sports has him listed with a 3-star, 85 rating which was bumped up from an 82 after his play in the spring.
It appears Stratton might be something of a late bloomer as he saw a large improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons and his offer list was clearly hurt by the limited California schedule this spring. As a sophomore, per MaxPreps, Stratton finished with 1,456 yards, 14 TDs, and 13 INTs. That improved in La Jolla’s 5-0 recent spring season to 1,269 yards, 19 TDs, and 2 INTs in half as many games.
With Washington seemingly set in the near-term at the quarterback position with Dylan Morris and Sam Huard each owning 4 years of eligibility it isn’t a shock that the Huskies needed to go more of the developmental route with their 2022 QB spot. (What is most surprising about this move is that Jackson’s first name isn’t Jake/Jacob. Although at least it starts with a J-A-C.) This feels similar to when Washington signed Jake Haener who ended up hitting the unfortunate sweet spot of not quite good enough to win the job but good enough to know he could start in the Mountain West and thus deciding to transfer rather than wait another year.
Here are Jackson’s junior season highlights.