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Tag: Recruiting


Football: Recruiting updates on Garnett, Dozier, Banner; plus a peek at 2012 schedule

We’re gearing up for our annual football recruiting packages — Northwest Nuggets and Western 100 — and I’ve been laying the groundwork for those pieces by talking to some local players and coaches the past couple days. I wanted to pass along some timely recruiting tidbits and other football-related information:

As Washington fans no doubt know, the Puyallup High offensive tackle is considering three schools: Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame. Garnett said he won’t make a decision until after his official visit to Stanford on Jan. 14.

Garnett will play in the Under Armour All-American Game next week in Florida. He had planned to take an official visit to Miami after the game, but recently nixed that.

Garnett said he’ll make his announcement at the end of January at Puyallup High School. He’ll leave how his school of choice is revealed up to his twin sister, Rachel.

“My sister will be my planner,” he said. “She’s good at those kind of things.”
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Football: Recruiting update on Banner, Garnett

I stopped by Lakes High to do some interviews for an upcoming basketball preview — looks like we’ll begin running our league-by-league previews on Sunday — and chatted with Zach Banner about hoops and to get an early look at the the defending Class 3A state champions. I’ll have more on basketball later, but wanted to post a small update on

Washington visited with Banner on Tuesday. USC will visit on Thursday and Michigan on Friday. Banner said at least a dozen other schools have contacted Lakes football coach Dave Miller for a last-ditch effort to sway his decision.

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Lakes’ Dozier commits to Cal

Lakes senior Cedric Dozier will be a Cal Bear.

The athletic receiver/quarterback/defensive back made the announcement Sunday evening on his Facebook page.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Dozier had scholarship offers from Oregon, Washington, Arizona State and others. Dozier will play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January at San Antonio.

Dozier is the third Lakes senior this fall to give an oral commitment to a Pac-12 program. Defensive tackle Zaheer Webb and safety Ma’ne Manaea committed to Colorado in September.

That leaves offensive tackle Zach Banner as Lakes’ only uncommitted Pac-12 prospect.


Football: Two Lakes Lancers commit to Colorado

A pair of Lakes High football players have orally committed to attend the University of Colorado.

Safety Ma’ne Manaea and defensive tackle Zaheer Webb told CU coaches Wednesday night that they’d play ball at the Boulder, Colo., school. La

Manaea, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior with a knack for making the big play, projects to be a safety, but Lakes coach Dave Miller believes he could perform at cornerback or slot receiver. Manaea will take his official visit to CU on Oct. 22.

“I think he has really developed a relationship with the coaching staff,” Miller said. “I think he’s excited about being part of a Pac-12 program.”
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Recruiting seminar open to public at CPHS on Sept. 15

Navigating the world of college athletics recruiting can be intimidating and tricky. Unless an athlete is a super-elite prospect, you’re going to have to do some work — putting together videos, contacting schools, etc. — to get noticed.

Being informed about the process is vitally important to get a head-start. So, I wanted to pass along information about a recruiting seminar that will be at Clover Park High School on Sept. 15. The event is open to people from all school districts.

Here’s the press release I received:

National keynote speaker, Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities will bring his unique, no-nonsense presentation on college athletic recruiting to the Clover Park HS Performing Arts Center, Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. “It’s a Game… Know the Rules” is guaranteed to serve as a reality check for families of student-athletes looking to get their degree and play at the college level. Jack’s 45-minute presentation is free and open to the public.

Entering his 16th year touring the United States, Jack Renkens has established himself as one of the top athletic/motivational speakers in the nation, presenting at state athletic conferences, football clinics, college financial planing groups, sports camps and high schools from coast to coast. He speaking tour includes over 170 high schools each year, with enrollments from 250 to 2500 students. As a former high school/college coach and athletic director, Jack is also a featured newspaper columnist, having written over 7 books on the recruiting process.

Jack’s message is never sugar-coated. “It may not be what some parents want to hear, but it is definitely what they need to hear. I’m primarily trying to get families to be realistic about the opportunities that are available and to get them to understand it’s about getting your education, not about hitting the ball, kicking the ball, throwing the ball. It’s about finding the right match academically.”
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Football: Recruiting updates, video interviews with Garnett, Banner

In Sunday’s newspaper (and online), we’re running features on a trio of outstanding offensive tackles – Lakes’ Zach Banner, Puyallup’s Joshua Garnett and Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams.

The South Sound – and probably the state – has never had three offensive tackles in the same class that drew the amount of recruiting interest as Banner, Garnett and Williams.

Here’s link to the feature stories.

Williams, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound senior, was the first of the trio to give an oral commitment, pledging on Friday to attend the University of Wisconsin. Click here for a video interview with Williams, plus more on his commitment to the Badgers.

Banner (6-foot-8, 330 pounds) and Garnett (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) are undecided. Each can pretty much attend whatever school they desire.

Here are video interviews and recruiting information on Garnett and Banner that didn’t get into the feature stories:

Joshua Garnett
(You can follow Garnett on Twitter at @iamjoshg)

Recruiting update: Garnett’s most recent trip was an unofficial visit to USC last week. He said he really enjoyed it (he talks about it in the video interview).

Garnett said he hadn’t narrowed his choices down past a list of 10 schools.

“I had a list, but so much stuff has happened,” he said. “Until this summer is over, I don’t think I can make a top list.”

Official visits scheduled: None yet, though he said he’s going to take an official visit to Miami in January after he plays in the Under Armour All-American Bowl, and he will try to visit Michigan on Sept. 10.

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Football: Walker Williams goes nuclear, commits to Wisconsin (w/video)

EDIT: Story from signing day when Walker Williams sings “On Wisconsin”

EDIT: This feature on Walker Williams was published Jan. 21 as part of The News Tribune’s 25th Annual Northwest Nuggets recruiting package.

Tacoma Baptist’s massive offensive tackle Walker Williams, he stands 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, gave an oral commitment on Friday to attend the University of Wisconsin.

“Making the call to tell the Wisconsin coaches, it was a feeling of relief,” Williams said. “They were really excited.”

Williams returned from a trip to the Madison, Wis., campus earlier in the week, having toured UW for the second time

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Football: Timberline’s Stewart cracks list of Top 100 recruits of past 10 years compiled a list of the Top 100 high school football recruits of the past 10 years and on player from Washington made the list.

Timberline High School running back Jonathan Stewart was listed at No. 85. Stewart, who went on to play at the University of Oregon and is now with the Carolina Panthers, is the state’s all-time leading rusher with 7,755 yards. During his senior season, Stewart was the nation’s top rated running back.