Vikings sign 16 high school seniors to national letters of intent
Feb. 4, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Seven Seattle Times White Chip selections, including two that turned down full-ride offers from NCAA Division I-AA schools, lead a group of 16 high-school seniors who have signed national letters of intent to play football at Western Washington University, coach Rob Smith announced today.
The white chip selections, designated by the Seattle Times as being among the top 100 high school seniors in the state of Washington, are tight end Logan Cullen of Anacortes High School, outside linebacker Steve Davis of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, offensive tackle Phil Hayes of O'Dea High School (Renton), running back Jordyn Jackson of Columbia River High School in Vancouver, wide receiver Travis McKee of Bothell High School, quarterback Adam Perry of R.A. Long High School in Longview, and cornerback Anthony Rosso of Walla Walla High School.
Completing the 2004 recruiting class are offensive tackle Scott Allanson of Jackson High School in Everett, cornerback Maurice Jones of Spanaway Lake High School, defensive tackle Dale Moore of Evergreen High School in Vancouver, linebacker Joe Pennell of Cascade High School in Everett, outside linebacker Jace Perry of Camas High School, wide receiver Jeff Schwab of Rogers High School in Puyallup, free safety Justin Terry of Puyallup High School, running back/strong safety Jason Yell of Cascade High School in Leavenworth, and the lone out-of-state signee, strong safety Chris Ware from Rainier, Ore.
"It's a very good day - there's a lot of smiles around this office right now," Smith said. "Top-to-bottom it is maybe as talented athletically as any group we've had. They have flexibility, in that there's a lot of guys who can play on either side of the ball or in multiple positions. It's also a group that is strong academically and strong in character."
Hayes is likely the top offensive recruit. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Hayes, who turned down offers from Big Sky schools, was a Associated Press first-team Class 3A all-state pick and a second-team selection on two other lists, as the Fighting Irish went 11-2 and reached the state semifinals.
"We went head-to-head with Idaho on him," said Smith. "Phil has family here, his aunt works on campus. It's been difficult to recruit linemen who have size and combine it with talent. We have that with him. He's a big addition."
Leading the defensive recruits is Davis, a two-way first-team AP Class 4A all-state pick as a linebacker and quarterback who, like Hayes, turned down offers from the Big Sky. He had 85 tackles last season, including 6.5 sacks, and caused seven turnovers, as Kamiakin went 11-2 and reached the state quarterfinals. As a quarterback, Davis threw for 2,371 yards and 25 touchdowns, breaking school records previously held by former Western standout Scott Mitchell, who was his quarterback coach at Kamiakin.
"Scott called us very early and said you have to get this kid," Smith said of Davis. "Scott compares him athletically to (ex-Viking and ex-Pittsburgh Steeler) Erik Totten, which speaks for itself. The Big 9 has turned out to be a pretty good conference for us over the years and we're pleased to add both Steve and Anthony Rosso to our secondary."
Perry is the only signee recruited specifically as a quarterback. He established numerous school records as a three-year starter at R.A. Long, throwing for 5,519 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career. As a senior, he threw for 2,390 yards and 24 touchdowns while being intercepted just five times, and he added 589 yards rushing to earned second-team WashingtonPreps.com and honorable mention Seattle Times and AP Class 3A all-state recognition.
"Adam Perry is a very good fit for our program," said Smith. "From the day I first saw tape on him, he was our No.1 guy. It's always nice when you can target a guy and say that's the one we want and have it work out. He's a tremendous student and he's averaging over 30 points a game in basketball."
Cullen, an honorable mention Class 3A all-state pick by AP and WashingtonPreps.com, had 14 receptions for 260 yards and four touchdowns as Anacortes went 8-3 and reached the state playoffs. He was also named Skagit Valley Herald Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive end.
Jackson broke many Columbia River records previously held by Jon Brunaugh, Western's career rushing leader, running for 2,259 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 9.7 yards a carry as a senior. A first-team AP and WashingtonPreps.com Class 3A all-state pick, he helped the Chieftains reach the state quarterfinals this year after running for 1,700 yards and 23 scores as a junior.
McKee had 53 receptions for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning first-team Class 4A honors from WashingtonPreps.com. Rosso was a pre-season all-state pick and a three-year starter on a Walla Walla team that twice reached the state playoffs in that time. One of the hallmarks of the class is the caliber of programs that produced it. Ten of the 14 recruits played in state playoff games last fall.
"They come from programs that have gotten it done," Smith said. "They've been brought up with certain expectations about how to conduct yourself, about how to be successful. It's nice to have that, because our program operates along the same lines."
Smith said the Vikings may sign a couple more players in the coming days.
Western was 4-6 last year, its first non-winning season since 1990, but the Vikings did win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title with a 3-0 mark.
"We only have nine seniors next year, one of our strengths is how young we are," Smith said. "To add a class as talented as this sets us up down the road. A lot of credit goes to the assistant coaches - they spent a lot of time on the phone and making evaluations."
SCOTT ALLANSON, Offensive Tackle,
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention WashingtonPreps.com Class 4A all-State pick as senior at Jackson High School ... First-team Everett Herald all-Area and all-Western Conference choice ... Helped Timberwolves to 10-2 record, Wesco South Division title and first round of state playoffs ... Started and lettered three years.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention Associated Press and WashingtonPreps.com Class 3A all-state pick as senior at Anacortes High School ... Skagit Valley Herald Defensive Player of the Year ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... First-team all-Northwest League both ways ... Selected to play in East-West all-star game ... Team co-captain and defensive Lineman of the Year ... Helped Seahawks to 8-3 record and first round of state playoffs ... Made 14 reception for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Credited with 83 tackles, including 6 quarterback sacks, and 3 forced fumbles ... Honorable mention all-league as junior and sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned two letters in basketball and track, and one in baseball.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Associated Press Class 4A all-state selection both ways - linebacker and quarterback - as senior at Kamiakin High School ... Also first-team all-state pick by WashingtonPreps.com and Seattle Times ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... Tri-City Herald and Big 9 Conference Most Valuable Player ... First-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and all-Big 9 both ways ... Selected to participate in East-West all-star game ... Twice team MVP and co-captain as senior ... Helped Braves to 11-2 record conference title and state quarterfinals ... Passed for 2,371 yards and 25 touchdowns, both school records, with completion percentage of 63.0 and just 9 interceptions ... His pass efficiency rating of 196.5 was second-highest in league history ... Credited with 85 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks and caused 7 turnovers ... Threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns versus Lake City ID ... Graded out 100 percent defensively in two games, first time in school history that had happened once ... First-team all-area and all-conference linebacker as junior on 10-1 team that won league title and reached state quarterfinals ... Started three years and lettered four ... Also earned two letters in track.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Associated Press and second-team Seattle Times and WashingtonPreps.com Class 3A all-state choice as senior at O'Dea High School ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... First-team Seattle Times and Seattle P-I all-Area and all-Metro League pick ... Selected to participate in East-West all-star game.... Team co-captain and Most Valuable Offensive Lineman ... Helped Fighting Irish finish 11-2, win league title and reach championship game of state playoffs ... First-team all-league as junior on squad that won league title and reached state semifinals ... Started and lettered two years ... Also lettered four years in wrestling ... Placed seventh in state as junior in heavyweight division.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Associated Press and WashingtonPreps.com Class 3A all-State choice as senior at Columbia River ... Vancouver Columbian Player of the Year ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... First-team Vancouver Columbian all-Area and all-Greater St. Helens League ... Selected to play in East-West all-star game ... Co-captain, Most Valuable Back, and Big Play Person ... Ran for school-record 2,259 yards, averaging 9.7 yards per carry, and 26 touchdowns ... Helped Chieftains to 9-2 record, league title and quarterfinals of Class 3A state playoffs ... Had 281 rushing yards versus Elma ... First-team all-area and all-league as junior ... Ran for then school-best 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns on 11-1 team that won league championship and reached state semifinals ... Played sophomore year at Skyview High School ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in track ... Placed fourth at state in 300 hurdles as junior.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Tacoma News Tribune all-Area choice as senior at Spanaway Lake High School ... First-team all-South Puget Sound League pick as defensive back, second-team as running back and honorable mention special teams ... Ran for 1,078 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Credited with 30 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, returning one for touchdowns, two forced fumbles and one pass interception ... Team co-captain and MVP for Sentinels ... Played sophomore year at Vista High School (Calif.) on regional championship team ... Started three and lettered three years ... Also earned two letters in track and two in soccer.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team WashingtonPreps.com Class 4A all-state selection as senior at Bothell High School ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... First-team Seattle P-I and Everett Herald all-Area and all-Kingco League choice ... Caught 53 passes for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Helped Cougars win league title and reach state quarterfinals, both for second straight year ... Second-team all-league as junior ... Started and lettered two years ... Also lettered two years in basketball.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable WashingtonPreps.com all-state selection and first-team Vancouver Columbian all-Area and all-Greater St. Helens League pick as offensive tackle as senior at Evergreen High School ... Best Lineman and Captain award winner ... Helped Plainsmen finish 12-1, win league title and reach semifinals of Class 4A state playoffs ... First-team all-area and all-league choice on 9-2 team that won league championship and reached state quarterfinals ... Started two years and lettered three.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Everett Herald all-Area selection as senior at Cascade High School ... First-team all-Western Conference choice as linebacker and second-team as offensive lineman ... Team co-captain ... Best Blocker and Defensive Player of the Year award winner for Bruins ... Credited with 87 tackles ... Started two years and lettered three ... Also earned two letters in baseball.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team WashingtonPreps.com and Seattle Times and honorable mention Associated Press Class 3A all-State choice as senior at R.A. Long High School ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... Greater St. Helens League and Longview Daily News Offensive MVP ... First-team all-area and all-league ... Team co-captain and MVP ... Had school career passing records of 5,519 yards and 50 touchdowns ... As senior, broke own school season records, completing 168 passes for 2,390 yards and 24 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions ... Also ran for 589 yards ... Helped Lumberjacks to 7-3 record ... Passed for 315 yards and 5 touchdowns against Washougal ... All-area offensive MVP and second-team all-league as junior ... Passed for 2,190 yards and 19 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions ... As sophomore, threw for 939 yards and 7 touchdowns, playing just half the season ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball ... Averaging nearly 30 points a game as senior in basketball ... Honorable mention all-state and league Player of the Year as junior, averaging 19.5 points and helping school to first state appearance since 1977.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention WashingtonPreps.com Class 3A all-State pick as senior at Camas High School ... First-team Vancouver Columbian all-Area and second-team all-Greater St. Helens League choice ... Team co-captain and defensive Player of the Year ... Helped Papermakers to first playoff appearance in school history, reaching first round of Class 3A state playoffs ... Led league with 9 quarterback sacks ... Also blocked 2 punts, intercepted 2 passes, returning one for touchdown, and recovered 2 fumbles ... Second-team all-league running back as junior ... Had school-record 17 career sacks, and ran for 1,305 yards (9.6 apc) and 17 touchdowns ... Started two years and lettered three ... Also earned three letters in track.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention all-Big 9 League choice as senior at Walla Walla High School ... Listed among Seattle Times Top 100 (white chip) state high school seniors ... Team Offensive Player of the Year WashingtonPrep.com and Seattle Times pre-season all-state pick ... Made school-record 3 pass interceptions against Kennewick ... Second-team all-league as junior ... Helped Blue Devils to 10-3 record and semifinals of Class 4A state playoffs ... As sophomore, played on squad that reached state quarterfinals ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in track ...
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Tacoma New Tribune all-Area and first-team all-South Puget Sound League pick as wide receiver and second-team all-league as defensive back as senior at Rogers High School ... Helped Rams reach first round of Class 4A state playoffs ... Team co-captain and Outstanding Offensive Back ... Made 41 receptions for 802 yards and 7 touchdowns ... Also scored three special teams touchdowns, returning kickoff and punt for scores and recovering fumble in end zone ... Intercepted 3 passes ... Honorable mention all-league as sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Also lettered two years in basketball ...
JUSTIN TERRY, Free Safety,
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team South Puget Sound League South Division choice as defensive back and honorable mention as wide receiver at Puyallup High School ... Team co-captain and inspirational award winner ... Intercepted 8 passes, returning four for touchdowns, as Vikings finished 8-2 ... Credited with 68 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1 blocked PAT ... Also had 25 receptions for 225 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Honorable mention all-league as junior on team that reached first round of Class 4A state playoffs ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in basketball ... Honorable mention all-league as junior and member of team that reached state tournament as sophomore.
CHRIS WARE, Strong Safety,
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention Oregonian all-state choice and Cowapa League Player of the Year as senior at Rainier High School ... Second-team Longview Daily News all-area and first-team all-league as quarterback ... Co-captain and team Offensive Player of the Year ... Credited with 112 tackles ... Passed for 1,468 yards and 15 touchdowns, and ran for 1,256 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Helped the Columbians to 7-2 record and first round of Class 3A state playoffs ... Also attended Napa High School in Oregon and Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas ... Started and lettered two years ... Also earned three letters in basketball, baseball and track.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Associated Press and second-team WashingtonPreps.com Class 2A all-state selection as punt returner and defensive back as senior at Cascade High School ... First-team Wenatchee World all-Area and all-Central Washington Athletic Conference choice as running back, defensive back and kick returner ... Selected to play in East-West all-star game ... Ran for 1,020 on 81 carries (12.6 apc) and 14 touchdowns ... Also returned two punts (93) `and two kickoffs (95) for touchdowns ... Helped Kodiaks to 7-3 record and first round of state playoffs ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in baseball and one in track.
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