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June 22, 2011
SEATTLE - Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist stood at the 50-yard line of Husky Stadium, talking to reporters and taking pictures following Sunday's Seattle NIKE Camp, where both quarterbacks performed well on the field they both will soon call home.
That is an exciting thing and also a complicated one, two talented players at the same position who are already committed, possibly vying for the same starting QB job at Washington in a couple years.
Both Lindquist, a three-star from Mercer Island (Wash.), and Miles, a four-star from Denver (Colo.) Mullen, are diplomatic about it, neither are confrontational or publicly calling the other one out.
But be sure there will be a healthy quarterback competition at Washington in a few years with Miles and Lindquist in the thick of it.
"At any school there are going to be quarterbacks, no matter if a quarterback commits from your class or whatever class," Miles said.
"Jeff is a great quarterback and I have a lot of respect for him. There are quarterbacks everywhere and I just narrowed it down to which school fit me best without looking at depth charts."
Rivals.com rates Miles as the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback and No. 160 in the 2012 class after he threw for 2,130 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions in his junior season.
Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Utah and many other programs were on his list but he committed to Washington in early June, a little more than a month after Lindquist picked the Huskies.
Competition does not seem like a problem to either prospect as Lindquist, the No. 11 dual-threat prospect, said he understands that he and Miles had to personally pick the best place. There is no bad blood, Lindquist said, and he doesn't think there will be once they get to campus.
"Not at all," said Lindquist, who threw for 1,995 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards and 18 scores in his junior season. "This is my place to go and this is Cyler's place to go also and we're going to make it work that way. Whatever works best is what we'll do.
"Growing up I came to Husky games and they were my team growing up so now that I'm in here and get to play here it's like a dream coming true. I'm pretty excited about that."
Six Pac-12 clubs signed two quarterbacks last year as Arizona State got Michael Eubank and Michael Bercovici, Stanford landed Kevin Hogan and Evan Crower, Brett Hundley and Jerry Neuheisel signed with UCLA, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek went to USC, Tana Pritchard and Cody Clements opted for Washington State and even Washington did it last year with Derrick Brown and Antavius Sims.
Something that really sold both Miles and Lindquist on the Huskies was coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, two young and bright coaches who helped Jake Locker become a national name.
"I really like where (the program) is going," Lindquist said. "A couple years ago they were 0-12 and now they're getting back to form and rolling so I'm excited about it.
"(The coaches) were a big part of it but you have to like the players you're going to be with as well. Coach Sark and coach Nuss are great guys and great coaches obviously and what you see is what you get so that's what I really liked."
Last Sunday at the NIKE Camp, both quarterbacks got to throw with fellow Washington commit Michael Rector, a three-star wide receiver from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep who committed last week.
Miles said it was exciting to soak in the campus, the atmosphere, the place where he's going to spend his college years. Playing at Washington has always been Lindquist's dream.
A senior season still needs to be played, there is a lot of thinking to do and schools will continue to recruit both of them.
One of the QBs - or both - might want to go elsewhere in the end, but for now Miles and Lindquist are excited to play together, to play for the Huskies, to compete for the starting job.
Standing near the 50-yard line, both were spinning a football on a hand with smiles on their faces. They're living in the moment and looking forward to a bright future together on this field.
"Washington was the best fit for me and it just happened that Jeff committed before me so we'll both be coming up here," Miles said. "It will be exciting."