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Tag: Michael Rector


After months committed to UW, Rector switches to Stanford

It might have been the worst-kept secret around Bellarmine Prep the past week, but Michael Rector tried to play it as one.

Except for:

* 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.”
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The News Tribune’s 2011 All-State Football Team

Bellevue High's Tyler Hasty (No. 1) rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns in a win at Lakes. Hasty is The News Tribune's Football State Player of the Year. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler, staff photographer


Tyler Hasty, Bellevue
QB/DB, 5-11, 185, Senior

Hasty makes top-ranked Bellevue’s fine-tuned offensive go and provides pop on defense. He turned in his finest offensive performance in one of the Wolverines’ biggest games, rushing for 113 yards and four TDs on 17 carries in a 35-14 win over Lakes in the quarterfinals on the way to a fourth straight trip to the Class 3A state finals. He also helped run-oriented Bellevue add a passing attack this season, throwing for almost 1,000 yards and 9 TDs. KingCo 3A/2A’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hasty has four interceptions. He has offers from Colorado, Oregon State and Idaho.

Randy Davis, Cascade Christian

Gutted by graduation, the defending Class 1A state champions took early-season lumps, but have found their way to the state finals for the fourth straight season

QB Max Browne 6-5 210 Jr. Skyline
Completed 71.3 percent of passes for 3,813 yards, 43 TDs and 5 interceptions

RB Matt Hadley 5-11 195 Sr. Connell
BYU recruit ran for 2,162 yards; owns state records for career TDs, points scored

RB Parker Henry 6-0 205 Sr. Skyview
Heart of the Storm rushed for 2,161 yards, 31 TDs, has team in state finals
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Football: Catching up with UW recruits Korey Durkee, Michael Rector

I was visiting family on the East Coast when Bellarmine Prep receiver Michael Rector and Gig Harbor kicker/punter Korey Durkee gave oral commitments to play football at the University of Washington. So, my story on Rector and Durkee is a little late, but I wanted to catch up with them on their decision to attend UW and what they’re up to this summer.

Click here to read the story.

There are a few things that didn’t make it into the story that I wanted to mention:

Rector told me he won’t attend anymore camps this summer. He’ll train with his high school teammates, particularly quarterback Sefo Liufau. Rector said the two “get together a lot during summer” to improve their passing-and-catching relationship.
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