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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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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: 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: Lakes’ Banner a finalist for Watkins Award

Zach Banner (73) could add an off-the-field honor to his list of accolades.

Lakes High’s Zach Banner has received many accolades for his play on the football field — he’s been honored as an all-league, all-state and all-America offensive tackle. Banner also does a lot in the community and the National Alliance of African American Athletes has taken notice.

The Alliance has named Banner as one of six finalists for its prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award, which honors the country’s top male high school scholar athlete.

Here’s the press release:

Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2011) – On Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 6:00pm, The National Alliance of African American Athletes (The Alliance) will recognize another stellar group of high school athletes from across the nation for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. The award is presented each year to the nation’s top African American male high school scholar athlete.

The six finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

* Zach Banner, Tacoma, WA – Washington State Academic Achiever, Distinguished Scholar Award, Volunteer for Tacoma Sports Association, Middle School Mentor for 4 middle Schools, Ignite Mentor, US Army All American,1st Team USA Today, All State Football while maintaining a 3.5 GPA at Lakes High School.
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Football: Two Lakes High players named to Sports Illustrated All-America team

Lakes High offensive lineman Zach Banner and defensive back/receiver/quarterback Cedric Dozier were named to Sports Illustrated’s High School Football All-America team.

Banner was a first-team selection and Dozier earned honorable mention as an all-purpose player. Other Washington players listed as honorable-mention picks were Skyline quarterback Max Browne and Bellevue quarterback/defensive back Tyler Hasty.

Here’s the team.


QB Maty Mauk, Sr., Kenton (Ohio)
Missouri commit set the national prep record for career passing yards (18,520) and TDs (213).

RB Johnathan Gray, Sr., Aledo (Texas)
Prolific runner compiled 10,908 career rushing yards and 205 TDs, the latter a national record.

RB Trey Williams, Sr., Dekaney (Texas)
The lightning-quick tailback amassed 3,890 yards and 48 touchdowns en route to a state title.
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The News Tribune’s 2011 All-State Football Team

Bellevue High's Tyler Hasty (No. 1) rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns in a win at Lakes. Hasty is The News Tribune's Football State Player of the Year. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler, staff photographer


Tyler Hasty, Bellevue
QB/DB, 5-11, 185, Senior

Hasty makes top-ranked Bellevue’s fine-tuned offensive go and provides pop on defense. He turned in his finest offensive performance in one of the Wolverines’ biggest games, rushing for 113 yards and four TDs on 17 carries in a 35-14 win over Lakes in the quarterfinals on the way to a fourth straight trip to the Class 3A state finals. He also helped run-oriented Bellevue add a passing attack this season, throwing for almost 1,000 yards and 9 TDs. KingCo 3A/2A’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hasty has four interceptions. He has offers from Colorado, Oregon State and Idaho.

Randy Davis, Cascade Christian

Gutted by graduation, the defending Class 1A state champions took early-season lumps, but have found their way to the state finals for the fourth straight season

QB Max Browne 6-5 210 Jr. Skyline
Completed 71.3 percent of passes for 3,813 yards, 43 TDs and 5 interceptions

RB Matt Hadley 5-11 195 Sr. Connell
BYU recruit ran for 2,162 yards; owns state records for career TDs, points scored

RB Parker Henry 6-0 205 Sr. Skyview
Heart of the Storm rushed for 2,161 yards, 31 TDs, has team in state finals
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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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Banner, Dozier receive U.S. Army All-American jerseys

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl means something extra to Lake High.

Obviously, having a player – actually two, this year – is an honor, but Lakes is closely tied to the military. Joint Base Lewis-McChord sits less than a mile from campus and many students’ parents serve in the Armed Forces at JBLM and abroad.

So, when the U.S. Army shows up at Lakes to honor a football player, or two, it’s a big deal.

On Friday, offensive tackle Zach Banner and quarterback/receiver/defensive back Cedric Dozier were presented with ceremonial jerseys to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game will be played Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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