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Tag: Recruiting


Football: Statewide list of where recruits are headed

The News Tribune is compiling a list of all the football players in the state that sign letters of intent today. If you know of any we’re missing, please send them to doug.pacey(at)


Auburn: Cory English, UW

Bellarmine Prep: Michael Rector, Stanford

Bellevue: Kyle Bentz, San Diego; Jake Eldrenkamp, UW; Tyler Hasty, Oregon St.; *Michael Kneip, UW; *Joey Moore, Idaho

Bethel: David Fontenette, CWU; Joel Ragazzo, Army

Black Hills: Jake Crawford, Montana Tech

Blaine: Jesse Antczak, Minot St.; Andrew Price, UNLV

Bothell: Autin Dahl, Humboldt St.; Trent Sewell, Wyoming

Burlington-Edison: Andy Agen, Air Force
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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, 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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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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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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Football: No truth to rumors Banner committed to USC

Zach Banner has fans at UW, USC and Oklahoma in a tizzy over where he'll play football.

Speculation ran rampant on the Internet this weekend that Lakes High offensive tackle Zach Banner gave an oral commitment to USC during his official visit this weekend.

I sent Zach a text shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday and asked him to clear up speculation that he had orally committed to USC.

Here’s his reply: “Did not commit yet…Please make that lots and clear up there”

Look, there are going to more rumors like this until signing day on Feb. 1 and each one will have a 33.3 percent chance of being right — Banner is down to Oklahoma, Washington and USC. Banner hasn’t given many clues publicly about where he’s leaning. Good for him. There’s going to be suspense at his announcement and I’m looking forward to covering it.
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Northwest Nuggets: Silver Anniversary Edition

UW defensive tackle Steve Emtman was a member of the Northwest Nugget's first class and has the distinction of being the No. 1 Northwest Nugget of all-time.

Twenty-five years ago, The News Tribune published its first its annual look at the top football recruits in the region — the Northwest Nuggets. At the time, this was the only recruiting resource available in the region. It was a smashing success and other publications in the area followed suit. Twenty-five years later, the niche market of recruiting coverage has exploded, spawning websites backed by billion-dollar companies.

On Sunday, the TNT will publish its Silver Anniversary Edition of the Northwest Nuggets, examining the past and looking to the future of recruiting coverage, and, of course, lay out the top recruits in the Northwest.

FEATURE STORY: Todd Milles explores how recruiting coverage has changed over the past 25 years, starting from when the Northwest Nuggets began, moving on to the advent of recruiting websites and then into the social media age. It’s an interesting read.

NW NUGGETS CLASS OF 2012: Find out what 11 players made the cut for the year’s class of Northwest Nuggets.

ALL-TIME BEST NUGGETS: In 25 years, 302 players have earned the distinction of being called Northwest Nuggets. Here are the 10 best. Don’t agree? You can create your own list from the 302 Nuggets.
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Football: Despite report, Banner says UW is still in the mix (updated)

UPDATE (8:26 p.m.)
I just spoke with Lakes High football coach Dave Miller, who’s in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Miller confirmed that Banner has not eliminated Washington.

“I asked Zach if the story that broke was true and he said ‘No, nothing has changed,’” Miller said. “It’s the same as it’s been for the last month — those three schools.”

Miller told Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, who contacted Miller Friday night, that Banner’s final three is Washington, Oklahoma and USC.

Miller also wanted to squash a rumor that Banner was going to commit to a school during the game on Saturday — usually a few players declare during the nationally-televised game.

He also said Banner was selected to be one of the West Team’s captains.

“Everybody I’ve talked to down here has said he’s been phenomenal,” Miller said of Banner.


Shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, King-5 posted this video of Lakes High offensive tackle Zach Banner from the Alamodome, claiming that Banner is no longer considering Washington.

In the video, Banner, who is in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, says “I haven’t declared yet but it’s between the University of Southern California and Oklahoma.”

You can watch the video here and judge for yourself, the comment comes at 1:05.

I exchanged texts with Banner on Friday evening, telling him King-5 said he was considering USC and Oklahoma, that Washington was out of the running and asked if it was true.

Banner’s response: “No…Those 3.”
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Football: Walker Williams recounts Semper Fi bowl; turns down official visit to UW

Tacoma Baptist senior Walker Williams, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle bound for the University of Wisconsin, returned Wednesday evening from playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

Williams welcomed the chance to face elite competition.

“I went 100 percent on every play because you don’t want to look stupid on national TV,” said Williams, who had six pancake blocks in the game. “I don’t want to be on someone’s highlight reel.”

Williams enjoyed pageantry of the event. He also met three generals and a sergeant major, the highest non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps.

“I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with that guy,” Williams quipped.

When Williams returned to school on Thursday, Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto met him during Williams’ lunch period. The two chatted for about 30 minutes and Cozzetto asked Williams if he wanted to take an official visit to Washington. Williams declined and told Cozzetto that he had an in-home visit with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on Friday, Jan. 6.

“I told (Cozzetto) that there wasn’t anything in the forseeable future that would cause me to de-commit from Wisconsin,” Williams said.
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