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Category: Recruiting


Long excited once again, this time playing football at Colorado State

There he stood, tall and proud.

It was Signing Day. Yeah, Lakes High’s Sammie Long went through his share of unexpected late drama in the recruiting process. In the end, the talented 6-foot-4 receiver felt at ease, home – once again.

Lakes sent six seniors to college programs – maybe not to destinations folks around the program are accustomed to. Quarterback Rhys Gervais is headed off to Western Illinois. Running back Kevin Thompson signed with South Dakota-Mines. Lineman O’Ryan Ethington aligned with New Mexico Highlands. And defensive lineman Gerald Goldwire signed with Wayne State College in Nebraska.

Long thought he

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Humbled and hungry, Gamboa set to join receiving corps at Eastern Washington

With a portion of the library decked out in Eastern Washington University red and white, and a room of 100 supporters packed in, Washington High star receiver Victor Gamboa gave thanks.

He thanked God. He singled out his mother and father. He shared hugs with former coaches from the Parkland Raiders youth football team. He saluted Patriots’ teammates he was especially close to – and that coaching staff as well.

He would have thanked Eagles’ coach Beau Baldwin himself had he attended the signing-day ceremony.

“It means a lot,” Gamboa said. “If I didn’t get a scholarship, I don’t know

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From Bellarmine Prep to Boulder, Liufau makes it official by signing with Colorado

This morning, there was no quick “Hut-Hut!” No hurry-up offense was in order, even though it was a moderate surprise that Bellarmine Prep’s Sefo Liufau did not have a fax machine hooked up in his bedroom – just as an emergency stipulation.

Liufau waited – patiently. He went through the school’s planning signing ceremony with teammate Calvin Chandler (Yale) outside the gymnasium on campus at 7:30 a.m., posed for a few photographs, conducted a couple of interviews.

By 7:50 a.m., he was ready – and headed down to the main office to make it official by faxing in his national

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Lakes QB Gervais commits to play football for Western Illinois

Another Gervais will try and lead a college program at quarterback.

Rhys Gervais, who finished up his prep career last season at Lakes High School, leading the Lancers to the postseason, has given an oral commitment at Western Illinois, an FCS program in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Western Illinois hired a whole new coaching staff after its 3-8 finish last season.

“His skill set really matches the offensive scheme they want to run. It is a spread offense, but there is some zone read in there,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “It requires an accurate thrower, and he is athletic

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Gamboa, two-time SPSL 2A player of year, commits to Eastern Washington University

Victor Gamboa, the South Puget Sound League 2A’s two-time football player of the year, and member of The News Tribune’s 2012 All-Area team, gave an oral commitment Wednesday night to play at Eastern Washington University.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder caught 44 passes for 719 yards and eight touchdowns. He is also regarded as an outstanding downfield blocker.

The Eagles have mined receivers from the SPSL 2A in the past, signing Steilacoom receiver Greg Ford (who left and went to Pacific Lutheran) and Greg Herd.


Gall, a News Tribune all-state linebacker, switches from Portland State to Eastern Washington

Jake Gall, a linebacker from Cle Elum/Roslyn who was a member of The News Tribune’s all-state team in 2012, announced he has de-committed from Portland State and now intends to sign with Eastern Washington University on signing day Feb. 6.

Gall has scholarship offers from Butler, Portland State, Eastern Washington and Central Washington. He visited Cheney last weekend.

He was also a two-way all-state selection by the Associated Press at running back and linebacker.


Is Long out of UW’s plans? Lakes receiver looking at other schools

Here is what we know about the uber-talented Sammie Long – the Lakes High receiver was the University of Washington’s first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.

He gave his word to the Huskies last March. That is a long time for a recruiting marriage to hold up between prospect and college coach, one bound only by a 10-second oral agreement.

The status of that commitment as of today? Lots of uncertainty.

* Said Lakes High coach Dave Miller, Long still holds the scholarship offer from UW coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff in hand, but conceded that the senior

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Russell, two-way football standout for Lakes, commits to Montana

Lakes High’s Marquin Russell likens Missoula, Mont. to his former hometown – Florence, Ala.

To go play football at the next level, he essentially has chosen to go home.

Russell, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, gave Montana an oral commitment over Idaho on Wednesday night.

Recruited as an athlete, but projected to head to the Big Sky Conference program as a cornerback this summer, Russell said Montana had shown great interest in hims since the Northwest Elite football camp last June – and the relationship grew from there.

“We had been talking off and on, and kind of in the middle

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