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Tag: UW

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.
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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Jan.
16th

Football: Recruiting updates on Lakes’ Zach Banner, Cedric Dozier

A couple high-profile football recruits played basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena at UW on Monday when Lakes took on Garfield at the King Holiday Hoopfest.

Garfield wasn’t the only team putting a full-court press on Lakes. At least six University of Washington football coaches turned out to watch recruits Zach Banner and Cedric Dozier. During most of the first quarter, Huskies coaches were stationed at three of the four tunnels that lead onto the court.

After the game – Lakes won 73-68 in double-overtime – Dozier, a defensive back/receiver, confirmed that he remained committed to Cal. Earlier in the day Cal coach Tosh Lupoi accepted a position with the Huskies and there was speculation that might sway Dozier to take an official visit to Washington.

“I’m not going to take an official,” he said. “I don’t see it happening. It would have to come to me in a dream or something spiritual. I’m still committed to the University of California.”
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