For a third day in a row, football jerseys were laid out on tables on stage at Lakes High’s performing arts center.
This time, there was no media horde and no suspense over what school an All-American football recruit would pick. Just five football teammates and volleyball player Anitaka Knight getting the spotlight after they each signed letters of intent on Wednesday.
“Not many schools can equal this,” said USC-bound offensive tackle Zach Banner. “We had two All-Americans, two guys going to D-2 schools another going to Idaho, and that’s not all. There will be other guys that sign and other guys that walk-on.”
Banner said he had no second-thoughts since orally committing to USC on Monday.
“I’m happy,” he said, “we’ve got a top-10 recruiting class and we’ll be competing for national championships every year for the next four years.”
A day after pledging California, receiver Cedric Dozier signed with the Golden Bears and safety Ma’ne Manaea committed to Idaho.
Manaea is looking forward to changing expectations at Idaho.
“I know people rip the program and say it is a ‘down’ school and they don’t win a lot,” he said. “I look at it as an opportunity for me to come out and star.”
Manaea said he’s looking forward to roaming the Vandals’ secondary with O’Dea standout and Idaho-signee Jayshawn Jordan.
“With me and Jayshawn going to Idaho, me and him together,” he said, “that’s a 1-2 punch on defense.”
Central Washington University got commitments from running back Levonte Littlejohn and linebacker Charles Hall Jr.
Littlejohn was offered a spot as a preferred walk-on to WSU last week, but he said he never really considered the opportunity.
“Central felt like a better fit for me,” he said. “At WSU, I felt like I wouldn’t have had the chance to play as much as I would at Central.”
Knight, a second-team all-SPSL 3A volleyball selection, will play at Tacoma CC.