It might have been the worst-kept secret around Bellarmine Prep the past week, but Michael Rector tried to play it as one.
* He wore a Cardinal red shirt Wednesday morning.
* His father, Tony, donned a T-shirt and hat of the same color.
At about 7:40 a.m., Rector made the decision official – he was going to sign his national letter of intent with Stanford after being committed to Washington for much of the past seven months.
“It was extremely hard. I’ve grown up wanting to be a Husky,” Rector said. “But it came down to the education for me. Both schools have great programs … but my parents have sacrificed so much for me to have the top education possible, and I wanted to continue that trend.”
The ceremony was held in the lobby of the new gymnasium on campus. Rector and four soccer players – Kelly Beck (Seattle University), Stephanie Hamilton (Western Washington), Kelsey Witker (Boise State) and Curtis Pederson (Western) – showed up to make a short announcement and then a declaration.
Rector, a wide receiver, was last. He thanked God; his parents, his brother and nephews; and Lions coach Tom Larsen and a few assistants, notably offensive coordinator Brian Jensen.
After a pause, he cupped the microphone with his hand, held it to his mouth and announced he had chosen Stanford.
“Probabaly within the last week or so, he (knew Stanford),” Tony Rector said. “It was eating at him. I am glad he only had the two (schools). Neither team let up. Both recruited him until the end.”