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Tag: USC

July
17th

VIDEO: Skyline QB Max Browne talks about Elite 11, USC, going for another title

I caught some of the high school football camp at the University of Puget Sound today. Bonney Lake, Kentwood, Ballard, Hazen and Skyline were on the practice fields when I was there. Tahoma, Kentridge, Timberline, Enumclaw and Auburn Riverside were in the other practice session.

I caught up with Skyline quarterback Max Browne after the Spartans’ morning practice. Browne, one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country, is orally committed to Southern California. In two seasons as a starter, Browne has thrown for 8,216 yards and 95 touchdowns.

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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.
30th

Zach Banner will attend … USC


Janet Jensen / The News Tribune

(Click here to watch video of his announcement)

All it took was a feeling.

For Zach Banner, the feeling of where he should play college football hit him a few days ago and finally sunk in before he fell asleep Sunday evening.

“It’s just that feeling,” the Lakes High offensive tackled said. “I can’t really describe it. I think all the other recruits that commit and sign, they understand what it’s like to commit and just get that feeling that, this is right.”
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Jan.
30th

Streaming video of Zach Banner announcement

Assuming the wireless signal is strong enough in the performing arts center at Lakes High, we’ll stream video live of Zach Banner’s college announcement. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

If the connection speed is fast enough, I’ll fire up the feed a couple minutes before 2:30 p.m.

Here’s a story, with comments from Zach, previewing the announcement.

The feed works. It will be dark until I start it, which will be at 2;30 pm Pacfiic.

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.
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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Jan.
22nd

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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Jan.
21st

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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