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Tag: Cal

Feb.
1st

No drama at Lakes High on signing day

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.”
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Jan.
31st

Football: Cedric Dozier picks…Cal

Click here to watch video of Cedric Dozier’s announcement

Between bites of pasta and chicken during lunch Tuesday, Cedric Dozier dialed up California football coach Jeff Tedford.

“We were just talking and something just hit me, telling me ‘Hey, right now is your time, this is what I want you to do,’” Dozier recounted. “It was Cal. I said ‘Hey coach, I think it’s time that I recommit.’”

Later in the day, the fleet receiver reaffirmed his oral commitment to the Golden Bears when he told a crowd full of supporters that he picked Cal over Washington State.

The U.S. Army All-American gave an oral commitment to the Bears in the fall, but he reevaluated his options after two coaches, including receivers coach Eric Kiesau, left for position at the University of Washington.
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Jan.
31st

Football: Streaming video of Cedric Dozier’s announcement

Lake High receiver Cedric Dozier will let the world know if he’s headed to California or Washington State at a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. at Lakes.

We’ll live stream the announcement.

Personally, I’d like to thank Dozier for doing this today because it gives me a reason to stop by the new Five Guys in Lakewood for lunch.

The stream will go live shortly before 2:30 p.m. (Just tested it at 2:15 and it works, don’t be alarmed.)

Jan.
30th

Recruiting: Lakes’ Dozier will announce for Cal or WSU at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

I spoke briefly with Cedric Dozier today at Lakes High after Zach Banner announced he’s headed to USC.

Dozier said he’ll have a similar news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he’ll announce if his headed to Cal or Washington State.

Where’s Dozier going? I don’t know. He did enjoy his official visit to WSU a week ago and he’s raved about Cal the times I’ve spoken with him about that.
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Jan.
29th

Recruiting: Zach Banner says his decision is made

Will Zach Banner (73) go to Oklahoma, USC or Washington?

NOTE: We’re going to stream Zach’s announcement online on Monday. You can find it here on the blog.

Zach Banner’s mind is made up.

“I know where I’m going to school,” Banner said Sunday evening. “I can’t wait for Monday.”

The elite offensive tackle from Lakes High will let the public in on his choice at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the performing arts center at Lakes.

Banner’s three finalists are Oklahoma, USC and Washington. Predicting what direction the 6-foot-9, 330-pound prospect is leaning is difficult because Banner has been mum since returning home from an official visit a week ago to USC.

The media-friendly Banner cancelled radio interviews and turned down interview requests from reporters until he spoke to The News Tribune on Sunday evening, opting instead to focus this week on his decision.

Rated as the No. 16 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, Banner also cancelled scheduled in-home visits with coaches from the three schools, saying he has all the information he needed to pick a school.

With no distractions, Banner discussed his options with his parents, Ron and Vanessa, and few others.
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Jan.
28th

Recruiting: Dozier won’t visit UW; Western 100 revealed

According to Lakes High football coach Dave Miller, receiver Cedric Dozier did not take an official visit to Washington this weekend.

“Felt it wasn’t the right place for him,” Miller said Saturday evening.

Dozier orally committed to Cal in the fall, but was shaken when receivers coach Eric Kiesau left the Bears program for UW. Dozier took an official visit to Washington State last weekend.

New WSU coach Mike Leach was at Lakes this week and compared Dozier, who would be a slot receiver, to another slot receiver who played for him at Texas Tech — NFL All-Pro Wes Welker, Miller said.
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Jan.
25th

Recruiting: Dozier will visit UW

Lots to report for the Wednesday afternoon recruiting update:

Lakes High receive Cedric Dozier will take an official visit to Washington this weekend. Dozier accepted the invite because Washington has switched its recruitment of him to receiver, Lakes football coach Dave Miller said. The Huskies had been recruiting Dozier as a cornerback.

Miller said “a spot opened up” at receiver for Washington.

For months, Dozier was committed to Cal. Then the Bears coaching staff was gutted last week and receivers coach Eric Kiesau moved to Washington to become the offensive coordinator, forcing Dozier to reconsider his options. With the open slot at receiver, the Huskies are no longer recruiting Dozier as a cornerback. Cal and Washington State, which Dozier visited last weekend, offered Dozier as a receiver, the position he prefers to play in college.
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Jan.
24th

Recruiting updates for Garnett, Banner, Dozier

And now, your daily recruiting update…

Puyallup High offensive lineman Joshua Garnett will make his announcement at 3 p.m. Thursday in the commons at Puyallup High School. He’s choosing between Michigan and Stanford.

Lakes High offensive tackle Zach Banner has moved up his announcement from signing day to 2:30 p.m. Monday at Lakes High. He’s choosing between Washington, USC and Oklahoma.

Lakes High receiver Cedric Dozier has an in-home visit with WSU head coach Mike Leach tonight. Dozier visited WSU last weekend. He committed to Cal in October and at least one person who covers Cal recruiting says Dozier

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