ESPN Junior 300 QB commits to Huskies

Washington scored big on the recruiting trail on Monday morning, as ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jake Browning announced his commitment to the Huskies.

Browning originally planned to hold off committing until April, but he decided that he couldn't wait any longer. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback, who plans to graduate and enroll early, announced his commitment via Twitter.

Washington coach Chris Petersen has yet to coach a game with the Huskies, but he has already proven to be a big hit with quarterbacks. Petersen worked quickly to bring in ESPN 300 signal-caller Kyle Carta-Samuels at the end of the 2014 recruiting cycle, and he quickly grabbed his quarterback for the 2015 class.

Browning is among a group of standout California quarterbacks in this class, and the Pac-12 continues to reap the rewards of having such a strong contingent in the region. UCLA and USC already cashed in by snagging the Nos. 1 and 2 pocket passing quarterbacks in the country in Josh Rosen and Ricky Town, respectively. Now, Washington holds a commitment from the No. 7 pocket-passer in the country and No. 6 overall quarterback in the West region.

Not only was Browning a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, as he'd picked up a recent offer from Alabama and was getting strong looks from several Pac-12 programs, he gives the Huskies a quarterback of the future who stands to make plenty of news in the present. Browning should comfortably hold the California state career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns by the time he is finished with his senior season. As a junior, Browning threw for 5,737 yards and a state-record 75 touchdowns -- numbers that would look otherworldly if they didn't only just beat out what he did during his sophomore season, when he threw for 5,248 yards and 63 touchdowns. Browning was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year last year.

His commitment gives Petersen and the Huskies three verbal pledges for the 2015 class, as Browning joins offensive tackle Trey Adams and running back Myles Gaskin. His commitment could also shift the spotlight toward West region quarterbacks such as Brady White, Brett Rypien, Sheriron Jones and Kyle Kearns -- all uncommitted ESPN Junior 300 prospects. Brian Lewerke is another quarterback to watch in the region, as there are enough talented signal-callers in the area to more than make up the Pac-12's signees come February. At this point, it looks as though the conference is doing well to keep many of them close to home.

Cal is one program that could look to capitalize on Browning's commitment to Washington, as the Golden Bears were after the local product. With him off the board, their focus could shift even more toward White, who already holds an offer from Cal.