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Tag: Washington State

Feb.
1st

Washington High’s Tuivaiave signs with WSU (exhale)

For a while, Jacob Tuivaiave wasn’t sure if he’d sign a letter of intent to play at Washington State University.

After WSU hired Mike Leach, the new coach’s staff re-evaluated the 19 players that had orally committed to the Cougars. For various reasons, nine were told they no longer had offers to WSU.

“After I heard coach Leach was coming, I was kind of nervous if he’d drop me like those nine guys,” Tuivaiave said. “Once I heard from him, it was a great feeling.”

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Washington High standout signed with the Cougars. Tuivaiave took his official visit to WSU last week and left impressed and excited.

“My impression of coach Leach was great,” he said. “He’s a great guy. His vision for WSU is very clear. I like how he came in and changed everything around.”

Tuivaiave played linebacker for the Patriots, earning SPSL 2A Defensive Player of the Year honors, but he expects to play defensive end or possibly outside linebacker.
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Jan.
31st

Football: Streaming video of Cedric Dozier’s announcement

Lake High receiver Cedric Dozier will let the world know if he’s headed to California or Washington State at a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. at Lakes.

We’ll live stream the announcement.

Personally, I’d like to thank Dozier for doing this today because it gives me a reason to stop by the new Five Guys in Lakewood for lunch.

The stream will go live shortly before 2:30 p.m. (Just tested it at 2:15 and it works, don’t be alarmed.)

Jan.
30th

Recruiting: Lakes’ Dozier will announce for Cal or WSU at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

I spoke briefly with Cedric Dozier today at Lakes High after Zach Banner announced he’s headed to USC.

Dozier said he’ll have a similar news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he’ll announce if his headed to Cal or Washington State.

Where’s Dozier going? I don’t know. He did enjoy his official visit to WSU a week ago and he’s raved about Cal the times I’ve spoken with him about that.
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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.
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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