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Coeur d’Alene quarterback Colson Yankoff commits to Washington

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Watch out for Coeur d’Alene  once quarterback Colson Yankoff returns from injury. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Watch out for Coeur d’Alene once quarterback Colson Yankoff returns from injury. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Coeur d’Alene junior quarterback Colson Yankoff decided to stay in the Pacific-12 Conference.

Yankoff is now headed 283 miles up Interstate 5 to the University of Washington.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Yankoff announced his oral commitment via Twitter on Wednesday.

His commitment came 15 weeks after he de-committed from Oregon following the firing of Mark Helfrich. He committed to the Ducks in June 2016 after attending a came in Eugene.

Yankoff understood that an offer from UW was in the offing. When it came Wednesday morning, he took just a few hours before calling head coach Chris Petersen.

Interestingly, Yankoff joins a 2018 Washington recruiting class that includes a commitment from five-star QB Jacob Sirmon from Bothell High near Seattle. Sirmon, who is rated as the No. 23 overall recruit nationally by 247Sports, committed to the Huskies in December 2015. He’s considered the No. 1 prospect in the Huskies’ 2018 class.

“Given the fact that they already had a commitment for my class, things played out a little different than normal,” Yankoff said. “Washington was always one of my top, top schools from the beginning but I knew they already had a commitment from Jacob Sirmon.”

When Yankoff learned that UW wanted to take two QBs in his class, he hoping he would be the other choice.

“It’s the right fit for me based on football, coaching staff and academically,” Yankoff said. “I’m more than willing to compete. I didn’t see that was a big issue.”

According to 247Sports, Yankoff is the No. 85 overall recruit in the country and the No. 4 dual-threat QB nationally.

Other scouting services also have Yankoff, a four-star recruit, ranked among the best nationally.

Yankoff, who has a 4.35 weighted grade-point average, said he plans to enroll early at UW, sometime in January. He chose the Huskies over offers from Nebraska, California, Baylor, Tennessee, Duke, Ole Miss, North Carolina, TCU and Boise State among others.

Even after his earlier commitment to Oregon, schools continued to recruit Yankoff. Recruiting heated up immediately his de-commitment.

Yankoff has been timed at 4.73 in the 40 and has a 39-inch vertical.

Last fall, Yankoff threw for 3,129 yards in 10 games, completing 271 of 400 attempts for 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. He rushed for 968 yards and 26 TDs. Following his season, he was named Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

When Yankoff arrives in Seattle, UW will likely have as many as seven QBs on its roster. That includes Jake Browning, who as a sophomore last season led the Huskies to the College Football Playoff semifinals where they lost to Alabama. UW also has a QB in its 2017 class.

Yankoff will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6 in San Antonio, Texas, before starting classes at UW later in the month.

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