If Jake Locker preferred baseball over football, he may very well be the favorite at this point in time to go second overall to the Mariners next June. He is a freak of an athletic talent that runs like a running back, is built like a linebacker and has incredible arm strength. In baseball terms, that translates to a five-tool talent. He athleticism playing CF reminds me of Dale Murphy back in the 1980s, a true right-handed slugger that also had a knack for stealing bases and driving in runs in bunches. Locker's arm strength plays anywhere on the field, as he played SS in high school and drew interest as a potential 3B prospect, although he made it 100% clear that he intended to pursue a football career at Washington. And in high school, many preferred his future as a live-armed RHP. There was a ton of unfair pressure placed on this young man as soon as he stepped on campus, once called the "savior" of the Huskies football program. For all of his tools, he receives even higher marks for his character, and if anyone can handle the mental/emotional burdens of a professional athlete, it's Locker. However, his time as Washington's QB has been full of up's and down's. His redshirt freshman year went well, but his sophomore season has not. He broke his thumb during the fourth game of the season, the Huskies are the worst team that can quality for a bowl with an 0-11 record, and head coach Tyrone Willingham has stepped down from his post. Even if Locker remains with the program, it's unlikely he's ever going to be involved with anything more than a rebuilding program, and as good as he is, it has been proven that he alone can't carry the team. He did play baseball last summer for the Bellingham Bells in the West Coast Collegiate League, and was ranked the league's #1 prospect. One interesting relationship to the Brewers is the the Bells Head Coast last summer was Brandon Newell, the Brewers area scout in the Pacific NW. Newell's father coached Locker's father back in the day, and the two remain close. It may not be a benefit for the Brewers, especially if Locker sticks with football, but the relationship certainly doesn't hurt. Even if Locker does decide to choose baseball over football, you would think money would come into play. Grady Sizemore and Matt Tuiasosopo declined the opportunity to pursue a career at Washington as QB recruits coming out of HS, signing for $2 million and $2.3 million respectively, and Locker's talents, and his commitment to football, makes him that much greater of a commodity financially.
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