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Eastern Washington Inks 26 To Letters Of Intent

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For the Eastern Washington University football program to keep its perch near the top of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, it takes lots of talent.

And the Eagles believe they took a step in that direction with the addition of a large class of recruits Wednesday (Feb. 5), as head football coach Beau Baldwin announced the signing of 26 high school players to letters of intent to attend EWU and play for the Eagles.

Eastern, which advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs for the third time in the past four years, lost 23 seniors to graduation from its 2013 team. But the next class includes 22 players from the state of Washington, including 11 All-State selections. Four highly-touted and honored out-of-state players are also in the recruiting class, and signing four players out of the Greater Spokane League was the cherry on top.

"With the big class of seniors, we had a lot of holes to fill," said Baldwin. "We're excited to do that at a level that covered our entire roster top to bottom at all positions. We did it with a high, high percentage of in-state players and more local talent than we've signed in the past. It was a great year for us in that way."

The four GSL players – safety Cole Karstetter from Ferris (pictured), defensive end Jonah Jordan from Mead, wide receiver/defensive back Stu Stiles from Mt. Spokane and linebacker/defensive end Marcus Saugen from North Central – are among the 22 products signed from the state of Washington.

Karstetter set a GSL rushing record with 1,442 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a senior. His father, Jerry, is a former Eagle men's basketball player, while Cole's brother, Kurt, is a linebacker at fellow Big Sky Conference member Idaho State and his other brother, Jared, was a wide receiver at Washington State.

A fifth local product, offensive lineman Jack Hunter from Gonzaga Prep, will join the Eagles and has been admitted and confirmed his attendance at EWU.

The out-of-state players signed include twins Simba Webster and Nzuzi Webster out of Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif. – the same school that produced former Eagle All-American and current Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones. Simba was recruited as a wide receiver, but was dynamic in high school as a quarterback with senior season statistics of 1,544 yards rushing, 2,026 passing and a total of 60 touchdowns accounted for. Nzuzi started on both offense and defense, and is being recruited as a safety after finishing with 181 tackles, 12 interceptions and 24 passes broken up in his career.

"They are similar in a lot of ways," said Baldwin. "Both are incredible football players, along with having great character and high motors."

Offensive lineman Nick Ellison from Moscow (Idaho) High School was signed, and his background reminds Baldwin of former Eagle and Tennessee Titan All-Pro offensive tackle Michael Roos had when he was a high schooler. Like Roos, the 6-foot-7, 245-pound Ellison played only one year of high school football, but is an outstanding basketball player with exceptional height, development potential and quickness on his feet.

The Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, quarterback Reilly Hennessey out of Camas (Wash.) High School, signed with the Eagles along with his favorite target, the appropriately named Zach Eagle. Hennessey passed for 6,188 yards and had 64 touchdown passes the past two years, with Eagle catching 142 for 2,356 yards and 37 TDs those same seasons.

Among the other All-State selections EWU signed were defensive end Nick Foerstel from Tumwater (Wash.) High School and tight end Conner Baumann from Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash. Foerstel had 10 sacks as a senior, while Baumann was recruited as a tight end after rushing for 3,145 yards, 36 touchdowns and an average of 11.3 yards per carry in his high school career.

Kody Beckering, an All-State linebacker from Sunnyside High School in Fresno, Calif., had nearly 500 tackles in his high school career, including 168 stops, 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles as a senior.

With three cornerbacks and three total starters in the secondary lost to graduation, defensive back was a point of emphasis in this year's class, as well as the offensive line. The Eagles signed six defensive backs and five players who could play on the offensive line.

"We started our recruiting knowing we were losing some senior cornerbacks, so we wanted to sign some players who could fit into our defensive back roles," Baldwin said. "We've been able to move guys around a little bit at safety and corner anyway, so we were just trying to fill the secondary in general with a lot of great, quality players.

"Offensive line is always a position we emphasize, and it was again this year," he added. "We were definitely able to sign a number of players at that position, and several who we know have a chance to be either an offensive lineman or defensive lineman. You let that play out during a young man's career."

Although only time will tell the quality of the class, Baldwin came away impressed – not only with the talent level but the number of early commitments the Eagle received. And he knows the reason – football is fun in Cheney at Roos Field and high school players are anxious to get a taste of the red turf at "The Inferno."

"We've spent more time recruiting juniors than we did four or five years ago," he explained. "That's allowed us more of a chance to invite more of these young men to campus in the fall during actual football games. Now that they've come to our summer camp and a football game, they've received more of a taste of Eastern. In the past, their first real taste of Eastern may have come during their official visit in January.

"That has enabled us to recruit these players a little bit earlier and get more early commitments," he continued. "I credit everybody involved with our game-day atmosphere, and what takes place both pre-game and post-game as well. The recruits get a feel of a ballgame here and truly get a chance to see what that atmosphere is like."


More about the 2013 & 2014 Eagles . . .

The Eagles are expected to return 46 letter winners from last year's team, including six starters on offense and five on defense.

With the most prolific offense in school history, the Eagles rolled to a 12-3 record in the 2013 season, including the school's first ever perfect 8-0 run through the Big Sky Conference. It was the fifth season in school history with 11 or more wins (joining the 2012, 2010, 1997 and 1967 squads), but the first in back-to-back seasons.

The Eagles have now won the league title seven times in school history and have made 10 appearances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

Eastern ranked third in the final regular season and season-ending polls, and was seeded third in the playoffs. But the season was made even more historic by the way it began. Eastern's 49-46 victory at No. 25 Oregon State on Aug. 31, 2013, was just the fourth time since the division was created in 1978 that a FCS (formerly known as I-AA) team defeated a ranked FBS opponent.

The Eagles broke 48 school, 23 Big Sky and 12 FCS records during the 2013 season. Eastern, the 2010 NCAA Division I Champion, advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs for the third time in the last four years in 2013. Eastern's season came a game short of the title game, as Towson rallied for a 35-31 victory over EWU on Dec. 21, 2013, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.

Eastern finished the season ranked fourth in FCS in total offense (533.5 per game), fourth in passing (349.8) and seventh in scoring (39.5).  Eastern quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who was runner-up for the Payton Award given to the top player in FCS, finished second in the nation in total offense (373.3 per game), with school and Big Sky record totals of 5,559 yards of offense (second in FCS history), 4,994 passing yards (third) and 55 touchdown passes (third). His passing efficiency rating of 183.13 led the nation, ranks fourth all-time in FCS and broke EWU and Big Sky records.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp accounted for six FCS records, four school marks and one Big Sky record with a sensational debut season of 93 catches for 1,691 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was selected as the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in FCS, and also was a unanimous first team All-America selection in FCS.

Other 2013 All-Americans were senior cornerback T.J. Lee III, senior center Ashton Miller and linebacker Ronnie Hamlin. Listed as a senior in the 2013 season, Hamlin has applied to the NCAA to receive his sixth year because of two previous seasons wiped out because of injuries. Defensive end Samson Ebukam joined Kupp as a Freshman All-America selection.


COMPLETE LIST AND BIOS OF EACH PLAYER

For more information or questions, contact Dave Cook (dcook@ewu.edu)

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown (High School)

Conner Baumann

TE

6-2

220

Bellevue, Wash. (Newport HS '14)

Kody Beckering

LB

6-0­­­

190

Fresno, Calif. (Sunnyside HS '14)

Henderson Belk

DE/TE

6-4

230

Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak HS '14)

Curtis Billen

LS

6-2

230

Everett, Wash. (Mariner HS '14)

Spencer Blackburn

OL

6-3

260

Bellingham, Wash. (Meridian HS '14)

Zach Eagle

WR

5-8

165

Camas, Wash. (Camas HS '14)

Nick Ellison

OL

6-7

245

Moscow, Idaho (Moscow HS '14)

Mitch Fettig

S

6-0

175

Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS '14)

Nick Foerstel

DE

6-3

220

Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS '14)

Terence Grady

WR

6-5

190

Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS '14)

Reilly Hennessey

QB

6-3

200

Camas, Wash. (Camas HS '14)

Jonah Jordan

DE

6-2

250

Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS '14)

Alek Kacmarcik

LB

6-1

205

Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS '14)

Cole Karstetter

S

5-11

180

Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS '14)

Kaleb Levao

DT

6-3

290

Aberdeen, Wash. (Aberdeen HS '14)

Josh Lewis

CB

6-0

170

Lakewood, Wash. (Steilacoom HS '14)

Asan Neil-Evergin

CB

5-9

175

Olympia, Wash. (Timberline HS '14)

Patiole Pesefea

DT

6-2

280

Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS '14)

Jalani Phelps

WR

6-3

185

Lynden, Wash. (Lynden HS '14)

Monike Sarte

OL/DL

6-1

290

Fife, Wash. (Fife HS '14)

Marcus Saugen

LB/DE

6-3

210

Spokane, Wash. (North Central HS '14)

Stu Stiles

WR/DB

6-0

170

Spokane, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS '14)

Owen Taylor

OL

6-4

295

Fox Island, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS '14)

Jay-Tee Tiuli

OL

6-4

315

Seattle, Wash. (Federal Way HS '14)

Simba Webster

WR

5-10

170

Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS '14)

Nzuzi Webster

S

5-10

170

Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS '14)

*Jack Hunter

OL

6-4

285

Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep HS ‘14)

*Did not sign a letter of intent, but has been admitted and confirmed his acceptance to attend EWU.

Pronunciations
Nick Foerstel - For-eh-stell
Alek Kacmarcik - Catch-mar-chick
Kaleb Levao - Luh-vow
Asan Neil-Evergin - Ah-SAWN Neil-ever-gin
Patiole Pesefea - Pah-tee-oh-leh Pess-uh-fay-uh
Nzuzi Webster - Zoo-zee
Jay-Tee Tiuli - Tee-oh-lee
Monike Sarte - Mo-knee-kay Sar-tuh
Marcus Saugen - SAW-gun
Simba Webster - Sim-buh


Bios & Comments from EWU Head Coach Beau Baldwin . . .

Conner Baumann

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a tight end, but he's an athlete that can play in space and enables us to split him out in our formation. He ran the ball with incredible success in high school. He has a great motor and will be an incredible addition to a position that loses Zack Gehring. He will mix right in with the depth we have at that position. He can do a lot with the ball in his hands."

HS: Will graduate from Newport HS in 2014. In his career, he averaged 11.3 yards per carry with 36 touchdowns and 3,145 yards on 279 total carries. As a senior, he was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a first team running back. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com. As of November 26, 2013, Baumann was rated by the website 247sports as the No. 21 recruit in the state of Washington (fellow EWU commits Jonah Jordan and Reilly Hennessey were also on the top 25 list at No. 23 and No. 25, respectively). He was rated as the second-best linebacker in the state by Northwest Elite Index. Baumann was a member of the Seattle Times "Star Times" All-Area team from schools in King and Snohomish counties. He was the co-Offensive MVP in the KingCo 4A Crown Division, and earned first team all-league honors as a running back. He was a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete nominee. Baumann finished the season with 138 carries for 1,696 yards (13.3 per rush) for 22 touchdowns, helping his team to an 8-3 record. He also had another touchdown receiving, and defensively he was credited with 40 tackles (32 solo) and two fumble recoveries. In helping Newport advance to the first round of the State 4A Playoffs, he broke his own season rushing record. He carried 20 times for 481 yards (24.1 per carry) and six touchdowns in a victory that advanced the Knights to the final round of 16, including TD runs of 76, 77, 84 and 89 yards The 481 yards in the 62-35 win over Lake Stevens were the second-most all-time for a single game in the state of Washington, ranking only behind Branden Curtis of Eisenhower with 488 in 2012. One game earlier, he had 20 carries for 241 yards and six touchdowns in Newport's 49-24 crossover win over Woodinville. He rushed for three more scores -- including TD runs of 52 and 54 yards --  in Newport's 38-35 first round playoff loss to Bellarmine Prep. As a junior in 2012, Baumann had 1,338 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on the season. He had 15 tackles and one sack on defense. He helped lead the Knights into the State 4A Playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Mead. Baumann was earned All-Kingco 4A Crown League first team honors as a running back. As a junior, he rushed for 1,338 yards on 133 carries (10.1 per rush) with 14 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 111 yards rushing with a touchdown. He also lettered in swimming in 2010 and baseball in 2012.

Personal: Born 8/20/95 in Redmond, Wash. Full name is Conner John-Daniel Baumann. His parents are Bradley and Tina Baumann. Considering majoring in exercise science.


Kody Beckering

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He brings incredible speed and production to the linebacker position. His tackle numbers for a season and career are off the charts. This is an athletic class of recruits, and Kody fits into that. When you put a player of his ability at that second level linebacker position, you get into some situations where you match-up really well in space. We're very excited about signing Kody."

HS: Will graduate from Sunnyside HS in 2014. With nearly 500 tackles in his high school career, MaxPreps selected him to its 2013 California Division II All-State team as a first team defensive lineman. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year on the Fresno Bee "Fall Stars" All-Area team in 2013. He repeated as North Yosemite League Defensive Player of the Year. He totaled 168 tackles (15.3 per game), 38 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles in his senior season. He had 520 yards rushing on just 43 carries (12.1 average per rush) and scored eight touchdowns rushing. He also caught seven passes for 107 yards and another TD. He helped Sunnyside finish with a 7-4 record his senior season. Beckering was North Yosemite Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2012. He totaled 204 tackles in 12 games (17 per game). Named to the Fresno Bee's All-Area first team as a LB. Also competes in track and field and had a best time of 11.12 in the 100 meters and 23.02 in the 200 meters in his junior season.

Personal: Born 4/27/95 in Turlock, Calif. His parents are Mark and Vera Beckering. Considering majoring in criminal justice.


Henderson Belk

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's long, has great ball skills and is a very versatile player. We saw him as somebody who could fit in as a tight end or defensive end. He has the type of ability to be great on both sides of the ball, and we're excited to sign Henderson."

HS: Will graduate from Kamiak HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a first team tight end. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Named to the Everett Herald All-Area team as a first team tight end. He earned All-4A Wesco South honors as a first team tight end and a first team defensive lineman. He also earned scholar-athlete accolades in 2013. He caught 25 passes for 500 yards and seven touchdowns, and also helped block for a rushing attack that had a pair of backs combine for more than 1,450 yards on the ground. Defensively, Belk totaled 75 tackles and had seven sacks on defense. He helped Kamiak finish 6-4 in his senior season. As a junior in 2012, he earned honorable mention All-4A Wesco South honors, with five catches for 75 yards on the season. He earned a total of four varsity letters in football. Belk is also a starter for the basketball team, breaking the school single game record with 18 rebounds.

Personal: Born 4/11/96 in Lynnwood, Wash. Full name is Donnie Henderson Belk. His parents are Donnie and Shannon Belk. Considering majoring in business. Nickname is "Hendo."


Curtis Billen

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "We see him as our future long snapper down the road. He's the best we saw – not just in the state but on the West Coast – as far as players we were recruiting. He was also a captain his junior and senior seasons, and had a 100 tackles on defense. So you are talking about an all-around football player who I think has all-league, All-America type of abilities as a long snapper. We're excited to see how he will fit into our program."

HS: Will graduate from Mariner HS in 2014. He earned All-4A Wesco South honors as a first team offensive lineman. Mariner finished 1-9 his senior season. A two-year starter on the offensive line, he also started at defensive end and was a three-year varsity starter as a long snapper. Billen earned second team All-Wesco 4A South honors as an offensive lineman in his junior season. He was among area student-athletes honored at the 2013 Snohomish County Football Officials Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet.

Personal: Born 4/14/96 in Everett, Wash. His parents are John and Sue Billen. Considering majoring in engineering.


Spencer Blackburn

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "At 260 pounds, he runs incredibly well and also has the ability to play on both sides of the ball. We see him as a possible future center – he reminds me a lot of when we recruited (EWU All-Americans) Chris Powers and Ashton Miller. He's in that same type of mold. He's very sharp, plays hard with lots of thump and has a great body. He has the mindset and ability to be a very good and athletic center for us."

HS: Will graduate from Meridian HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 1A All-State team as a first team offensive lineman and a second team defensive lineman. Was named to the All-Whatcom County All-Area team as selected by the Bellingham Herald. Was a unanimous selection on both sides of the ball in earning All-Northwest Conference 1A honors as a first team offensive lineman and first team defensive lineman. Blackburn was instrumental in helping running back Letrez Jones rush for a conference-high 1,960 yards and 30 TDs on 199 attempts (9.8 average) in 2013. He was one of just two linemen in coach Bob Ames' 40 years at Meridian to start all four years on the offensive line. Meridian finished 6-6 his senior season and advanced to the first round of the State 1A Playoffs. As a junior in 2012, Blackburn was a second team selection as a defensive lineman on the Associated Press 1A All-State team. He was also a first team All-Northwest Conference selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman. As a sophomore in 2011, he was also a first team All-NWC selection on both sides of the ball. He helped the Trojans pile up 4,587 yards of offense and score 54 touchdowns on the season. He was also part of a defense that held opponents to an average of three yards per rushing attempt. Earned a total of four letters in football, and also lettered in basketball and track and field. As a sophomore in 2012, he placed seventh in the javelin at the State 2A Championships at EWU with a throw of 165-8. Earlier in the season he had a season and career best throw of 175-3. He also competed in the sprints and the shot put and discus.

Personal: Born 4/17/96 in Bellingham, Wash. Full name is Spencer Jordan Blackburn. His parents are Jordan and Michelle Blackburn. Considering majoring in mechanical engineering.


Zach Eagle

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He was incredibly productive and explosive in high school. He played on both sides of the ball, and was also a punt returner, so he can provide help right away to our special teams unit. He fits right into a really explosive slot receiver position for us. He's smart too – he's the son of their head coach, Jon Eagle, and comes from an incredible program at Camas. He will add to our rich history at the receiver position, but will also bring a lot to special teams."

HS: Will graduate from Camas HS in 2014. He had 179 catches for 3,006 yards and 28 touchdowns in his final three years playing for the Papermakers with his father as head coach, including the last two as the main target for fellow EWU signee Reilly Hennessey. He was selected to the Seattle Times All-State team as a wide receiver and one of only 11 players selected to the offense. Was also named to the Tacoma News Tribune's All-State team for all classifications as a first team wide receiver. In addition, he was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a first team wide receiver. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 17 prospects in the state of Washington. Eagle was also named to The Vancouver Columbian All-Region squad as a wide receiver. He earned All-4A Greater St. Helens League honors as a first team wide receiver, first team defensive back and first team kick returner. He finished his senior season by catching 65 passes for 1,282 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 27 yards and a touchdown. Eagle and Hennessey led the Papermakers to a perfect 13-0 record before falling to Chiawana 27-26 in the championship game of the State 4A Playoffs. Eagle was injured in the first quarter of the title game after a 29-yard reception and did not play in the rest of the game, then watched as Chiawana scored two touchdowns in the final minute. Eagle had three touchdown catches in a 49-21 semifinal win over Bellarmine Prep. Prior to the season, Eagle was named to the Seattle Times preseason All-State team for all classifications as a wide receiver. He was also a first team selection on the Max Preps preseason All-State team (all-levels). As a junior, Eagle was named to the Seattle Times All-State team, as well as by the Associated Press as a first team 4A pick. Eagle and current EWU receiver Nic Sbelendorio were the two wide receivers named to the AP first team. Eagle was also named as the 4A GSHL co-Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-4A GSHL first team as a defensive back. He had 77 catches for 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns to help Camas advance to the semifinals of the State 4A Playoffs. As a sophomore in 2012, Camas also advanced to the semifinals, as Eagle finished with 37 catches for 650 yards and six scores. He lettered a total of four times in football, and has also lettered in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Born 8/12/95 in Portland, Ore. Full name is Zachary Jon Eagle. His parents are Jon and Debbie Eagle. Jon was Zach's head coach at Camas, and is a graduate of Linfield where he played quarterback.



Nick Ellison

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's long and athletic, and it's really effortless the way he plays for as big as he is. You see it on the basketball court where he's an incredibly good hoop player. The sky is the limit for him as an offensive tackle because of how light on his feet he is at that size. We don't like to make too many comparisons to the great Michael Roos, but this young man only played one year of high school football as well. Like Michael, he's an incredible basketball player, he's incredibly light on his feet, he is a great young man and he has great character. We're very excited to have Nick sign with us."

HS: Will graduate from Moscow HS in 2014. In his first season as a high school football player, he was selected as the Defensive Newcomer of the Year in the 4A Inland Empire League. He was a two-way starter as a senior, playing defensive end and tight end for the Bears, who finished 3-6. He also took on the role as punter. He did not play football his sophomore or junior seasons, but has been an outstanding prep basketball player. He was named Idaho's 4A Player of the Year in 2012-13 by The Idaho Statesman. He was also named to the All-Idaho basketball team by USA Today as a junior, and was the 4A Inland Empire League MVP. He was also selected as the North Idaho 4A/5A Player of the Year at the annual North Idaho Sports Banquet. Ellison led Moscow to a runner-up finish in the State 4A Tournament, averaging 18.3 points a game in the tourney to earn tourney MVP honors. He averaged 14 points and six rebounds for the season and helped Moscow win 10 games in a row at one point during the year.

Personal: Born 9/22/95 in Powell, Wyo. Full name is Nicholas Alexander Ellison. His parents are Robert and Rebecca Ellison. Considering majoring in criminal justice.


Mitch Fettig

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "In high school he had great ball skills and production – a lot in the way (All-America linebacker) Ronnie Hamlin produced so much. We see Mitch as a possible safety or receiver or cornerback because he has the ability to play all those positions. We see the versatility in his abilities, and to see his production in high school was impressive to us. We're planning to play him in the secondary, and we know he will be one of those players who can make a lot of plays back there and see the field really well."

HS: Will graduate from Olympia HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a first team defensive back. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive back. Fettig was chosen to the Olympian All-Area football team as well. Was selected to the All-4A Narrows League squad as a first team wide receiver and repeated as a first team defensive back. Had 33 tackles and forced three turnovers on defense, and on offense set a school record for most touchdowns receiving in a season with 12 and in a career with 14. He helped the Bears finish 8-3. As a junior, Fettig was a second team selection as a defensive back on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team and was a first team selection on the Olympian All-Area squad. He was a first team All-4A Narrows League selection as a defensive back his junior season. He was credited with 67 tackles and a team-leading five interceptions. He also caught 28 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns and had 112 yards rushing. Also lettered in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Born 5/15/96 in Olympia, Wash. Full name is Mitchel Bennett Fettig. His parents are Steven and Katherine Fettig. Considering majoring in criminal justice. Nickname is "Dash."


Nick Foerstel

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He worked as hard as any player we've seen in our football camp during his time here in the summer. He has that type of motor to go along with great talent. He can play at defensive end, but he can also stand up and play an outside linebacker type of position. His motor, his effort and relentlessness really stick out, and he just has a nastiness to the way he plays the game. Coming from a great program like Tumwater just adds to him understanding how to work hard every day, what it takes to be successful and how to win. We're excited to see where Nick fits in."

HS: Will graduate from Tumwater HS in 2014. He helped his high school to a 25-3 record in two seasons with a pair of State 2A runner-up finishes. As a senior, was picked for the Tacoma News Tribune's All-State team for all classifications as a first team defensive lineman. He was selected to the Associated Press 2A All-State team as a first team defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive lineman. Earned All-2A Evergreen Conference honors as a defensive lineman. He had 10 sacks as a senior with a total of 31 tackles. Foerstel led the Thunderbirds to a 13-0 record his senior season before falling 38-28 in the championship game of the State 2A Playoffs to Lynden, which won its third-straight title. Tumwater also lost to Lynden 41-7 in the 2012 title game in Foerstel's junior season when the Thunderbirds finished 12-2. His Eastern teammate Zach Wimberly ('12) also attended Tumwater, as well as former Eagles Matt and Zach Johnson ('07).

Personal: Born 10/31/95 in Olympia, Wash. Full name is Nickolas Foerstel. His parents are Mark McBride and Jody Foerstel. Last name is pronounced "For-eh-stell."


Terence Grady

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a wide receiver but carries a bit of a defensive mentality too. He has that grit and toughness, and loves to block. When you see him on video making plays, he goes up and gets balls like Brandon Kaufman did in high school. He plays with a motor and hopefully will bring some size back to our wide receiver position. He can make plays on balls down the field and will be great with his effort and ability to block in the run game. He will be a complete player for us."

HS: Will graduate from Kentwood HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a linebacker. Earned All-South Puget Sound League 4A North Division honors as a first team wide receiver and a second team defensive lineman. Finished his senior season with 6 1/2 sacks on defense, and had 37 catches for 663 yards and six touchdowns. He helped lead the Conquerors to a 7-3 record in his senior season. He caught a season-high seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, including receptions of 79 and 65 yards, in a 26-14 loss to Tahoma. Grady caught two touchdown passes and passed for another in a 38-3 win over Kentridge. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass for the Conquerers on their first offensive play of the season against Auburn. He was named to Ron Siegel's preseason All-State team (all classifications) as a first team multi-purpose player. As a junior in 2012, he was named All-South Puget Sound League as a first team defensive end and a second team wide receiver. Has also lettered in basketball and track and field. He earned second team All-SPSL 4A North honors as a junior in basketball. Thus far as a senior co-captain, he is averaging 11.6 points per game. He placed 10th in the discus at the State 4A Championships with a throw of 140-8, and had a season best of 144-3 earlier in the season. He also competed in the shot put, the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Former Eagle wide receiver Aaron Boyce also attended Kentwood, as well as former EWU basketball player and current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey.

Personal: Born 2/14/96 in Renton, Wash. His parents are James Grady and Marlo Conwell. Related to former NFL players Ernie Conwell (Rams/Saints) and Eddie Williams (Redskins/Bears/Browns/Seahawks), as well as former University of Washington discus thrower Will Conwell. Considering majoring in criminal justice or marketing.


Reilly Hennessey

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "From day one, he was the best fit at quarterback for us, not just in the state but on the West Coast. He committed to us early and had an amazing career and an amazing senior season. He can make all the throws in our offense and moves really well. He gets rid of the ball quick out of the shotgun formation, and is very accurate. Coach Jon Eagle at Camas does an amazing job in how he prepares, so Reilly is already going to have a leg up in understanding what it takes to prepare at the college level and the work it takes in the offseason. We're very excited about Reilly and his future here as a quarterback."

HS: Will graduate from Camas HS in 2014. In two years as a starter at Camas, he completed 62.2 percent of his passes (364-of-585) for 6,188 yards and 64 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Hennessey was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington. ­He was selected by Associated Press as the 4A Player of the Year in the state of Washington, and also earned AP 4A All-State honors as a first team quarterback. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Also rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Hennessey was named to The Vancouver Columbian All-Region team as its Player of the Year and was the 4A Greater St. Helens League Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior, he completed 177-of-281 passes (63 percent) for 3,387 yards and 38 touchdowns. The team captain also rushed 69 times for 230 yards and three more scores. Hennessey and fellow Eastern signee Zach Eagle led the Papermakers to a perfect 13-0 record before falling to Chiawana 27-26 in the championship game of the State 4A Playoffs. Camas, the No. 1 ranked State 4A team in Washington, opened the season against Jesuit, the top-ranked 6A team in Oregon. Hennessey completed 14-of-17 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns as Camas rolled to a 47-14 win. He was selected to Ron Siegel's preseason All-State team (all classifications) as a second team quarterback. He earned quarterback MVP honors at the 2013 Northwest Elite Football Camp in Mercer Island. As a junior in 2012, he earned All-4A GSHL honors as a first team quarterback. Hennessey completed 61.5 percent of his passes (187-of-304) for 2,801 yards, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as he helped lead Camas to the semifinals of the State 4A Playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion Skyline. Hennessey was a three-sport athlete at Camas, and also plays basketball and baseball. He was a GSHL scholar-athlete in 2012-13.

Personal: Born 11/25/95 in Vancouver, Wash. His parents are Patrick and Connie Hennessey. Considering majoring in education with plans to be a teacher and a coach.


Jonah Jordan

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He has a ton of thump – he loves to hit. When he hits you he brings it. He has the ability to either be a great defensive tackle or an offensive guard for us. We like recruiting those players who are versatile like Jonah. He plays with incredible passion and a mentality. He loves the game and loves preparing. You can see that when you talk to him and see him on video. He developed incredibly well under Coach Sean Carty at Mead High School. When he gets here he'll be ready to compete at the college level and bring tenacity to our defensive line."

HS: Will graduate from Mead HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was also rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com. He earned All-Greater Spokane League honors as a first team defensive lineman. As a senior in 2013, Jordan was a two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines for coach Sean Carty. The Panthers finished the season with a 5-5 record. He was named to Ron Siegel's preseason All-State team (for all classifications) as a second team offensive lineman. As a junior in 2012, Jordan was a first team All-GSL selection as an offensive lineman. He helped the Panthers amass nearly 3,000 rushing yards in the nine-game regular season. Jordan was a two-way starter for the Panthers, also starting on the defensive line. Mead lost 21-7 to Auburn in the quarterfinals of the State 4A Playoffs. As a sophomore in 2011, Jordan was an honorable mention selection as an offensive lineman on the All-GSL squad. The team's MVP as a senior in 2013, he helped the Panthers win the GSL title in 2011 and 2012. He also competes in track and field in the shot put and discus. As a junior in the spring of 2013, Jordan finished fifth at regionals and had a best of 51-3 during the season. He also had a best throw in the discus of 140-11 to place 10th at the district meet.

Personal: Born 1/16/96 in Seattle, Wash. Full name is Jonah Fredrick Jordan. His parents are Fredrick and Roselie Jordan. Considering majoring in business.


Alek Kacmarcik

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Alec adds to our athleticism at the linebacker position. He is the complete package at the linebacker position, with great size and great speed. This will allow him to play all of our three linebacker positions for us. It's a recurring theme, but he comes from an incredible program at Woodinville. He understands how to prepare and how to win, and he learned that under coach Wayne Maxwell there. On top of his athleticism he brings a great mentality to our program, and we're excited to sign him."

HS: Will graduate from Woodinville HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 17 prospects in the state of Washington. He was also rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. He suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth game of his senior year against Inglemoor and was lost for the season. He eventually had surgery to repair a torn labrum. Before he was injured, he had 33 carries for 272 yards rushing (8.2 average per carry) and one touchdown, plus he caught three passes for 52 yards and another TD. He had three kickoff returns and averaged 24.7 yards per return (long of 34) and also returned three punts for a 21-yard average (long of 26). On defense, Kacmarcik was credited with five tackles and two interceptions. He had 196 rushing yards and a touchdown, plus an interception, in a season-opening 42-7 win over Palmer (Alaska). He had a receiving touchdown and another interception in the second game of the season, a 42-0 victory over Mariner. The Falcons finished 5-4 in his senior season. In the summer of 2013, Kacmarcik was named as the MVP for linebackers at the Oregon NIKE football camp. He was rated as the fifth best linebacker in the state by Northwest Elite Index. Kacmarcik was also named to Ron Siegel's preseason All-State squad (for all classifications) as a second team defensive back. As a junior, he earned All-KingCo 4A Crest honors as a first team safety and a second team running back. He had 46 carries for 238 yards rushing (5.2 average per carry) and five touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 226 yards (11.9 average) and three scores. As a sophomore in 2011, Kacmarcik earned honorable mention All-KingCo honors in helping Woodinville to the league title and the semifinals of the State 4A Playoffs. He rushed for 282 yards on 35 carries (8.1 average) and three touchdowns, plus he added another 200 receiving yards on 16 receptions (12.5 yard average) and two TDs. Won three letters in football and also competed in track and field.

Personal: Born 8/11/95 in Seattle, Wash. Full name is Alek Neill Kacmarcik. His parents are Roger Kacmarcik and Stephanie Neill. Considering majoring in engineering. Last name is pronounced "Catch-mar-chick."


Cole Karstetter

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "The first thing that jumps out at me when you watch him on video is that he is a true football player. Cole is a player with the rare combination of great toughness to go along with great athleticism. He comes from a Ferris program under coach Sharkey that understands how to prepare guys to play at the next level and what it takes in the offseason. Cole is very physical in the way he plays the game, and I think he'll fit in great as a safety for us. He'll fit into our program and comes from a football family. We're excited to have Cole as a part of it."

HS: Will graduate from Ferris HS in 2014. He was selected to the Seattle Times All-State team as a defensive back and one of only 11 players selected to the defense. Was also named to the Tacoma News Tribune's All-State team for all classifications as a first team defensive back. In addition, he was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a second team defensive back. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was the Greater Spokane League Defensive MVP as a senior, and earned first team All-GSL honors as a running back. He set a league record for rushing yards in a season with 1,442 and scored 20 touchdowns. He also had 14 catches for 171 receiving yards and three TDs on the season. He helped lead Ferris to an 8-2 record as a senior, but the Saxons came up a victory shy of advancing to the State 4A Playoffs. In the summer of 2013, Karstetter was selected to the Max Preps preseason All-State team (all-levels) as a first team defensive back. Karstetter also earned All-GSL honors as a junior in 2012 as a first team defensive back , and was a second team All-GSL selection as a DB as a sophomore. Also played basketball for the Saxons, and was a team captain in both sports. His Eagle teammate Jordan Tonani ('11) also attended Ferris, as well as former Eagles McKenzie Murphy ('08) and Jeff Minnerly ('08).

Personal: Born 12/15/95 in Spokane, Wash. His parents are Jerry and Perrianne Karstetter. Cole's oldest brother, Jared, played as a wide receiver at Washington State and his other brother, Kurt, is currently a linebacker at Idaho State. Both of his parents attended Eastern, and his father played basketball for the Eagles in 1981. Jerry's sister, Sue, played in 123 games as a standout basketball player for the Eagles from 1978-83. Perrianne's brother, Scott Dahlquist, was a tight end at Idaho. Considering majoring in business.


Kaleb Levao

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Kaleb blew us away at summer camp with how big and raw he was, but still light on his feet. Because of the way he played the game at almost 300 pounds and his ability to get in and out of his stance, we think the sky is the limit for him. He has a lot of room to grow because he's so raw in his technique and how he plays the game. He will be a great presence in the middle of our defense."

HS: Will graduate from Aberdeen HS in 2014. He earned All-Greater St. Helens 2A League honors as a first team offensive lineman. The Bobcats finished 4-6 in his senior season. As a junior in 2012, Levao earned All-2A GSHL honors as a first team defensive lineman. He was a four-year varsity starter, and as a junior and senior he was team captain and was presented a school leadership award. He also played basketball.

Personal: Born 9/21/95 in Samoa. Full name is Kaleb Pelasi Iodu Levao. His parents are Loelu and Dominique Levao. Considering majoring in business. Last name is pronounced "Luh-vow." 


Josh Lewis

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Josh is a little bit of a late bloomer who had a lot of production on both sides of the ball. He played multiple positions in high school – he even played the wildcat position at quarterback. He's very athletic. Our plan is to play him at cornerback, but he's a player that can possibly fit into the wide receiver or safety positions. He has the athleticism, the tools and the mentality to do that. He has some similarities to Greg Herd coming out of high school, and they are both from Steilacoom. We are obviously excited about that with Josh."

HS: Will graduate from Steilacoom HS in 2014. Earned All-South Puget Sound League 2A honors as a first team wide receiver and first team defensive back, and earned honorable mention on special teams. The Tacoma Athletic Commission selected him as its fall Athlete of the Year. Lewis had 56 tackles and two interceptions, plus added 13 receiving touchdowns on offense. The Sentinels finished 4-6 his senior season. As a junior in 2012, he earned All-2A SPSL honors as a second team defensive back and was the league's Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also received his team's most improved player award. Former Eagle wide receiver Greg Herd ('09) also attended Steilacoom.

Personal: Born 7/10/96 in Tacoma, Wash . Full name is Joshua Lamar Lewis. His parents are Ronald Lewis and Rhoda Ramirez. Considering majoring in business.


Asan Neil-Evergin

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's explosive and competitive. When we had him at our summer camp, we all said, ‘There's a corner.' He has ability to play on both sides of the ball, but has a competitiveness and an edge to him that we like to see at cornerback. He loves the one-on-one battles, to go along with the incredible talent he has. Coach Cherokee Valeria believes his technique coming out of high school is as good as he's seen. You add that to his competiveness and explosiveness, and he's going to fit in great at that position."

HS: Will graduate from Timberline HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He missed most of the 2013 season with a lacerated spleen as the Lumberjacks finished 6-4. He earned defensive back MVP honors at the 2013 Northwest Elite Football Camp in Mercer Island. He also attended the Army All American Combine in January 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. As a junior in 2012, Neil-Evergin earned honorable mention All-3A Narrows League honors as a defensive back. He helped lead Timberline to the regular season league title and a berth in the State 3A Playoffs. In the summer of 2012, he earned running back MVP honors at the Nike Football Training Camp in Eugene, Ore. Neil-Evergin was also named as the Bend (Ore.) Regional Offensive MVP for his performance in that camp going into his junior season. He competes in track and field as a sprinter and in the long jump and triple jump. He had a best mark of 11.16 seconds in the 100 meters, 21-2 1/2 in the long jump and 43-3 1/2 in the triple jump in the 2013 outdoor season. As a sophomore in 2010 he placed 10th in the triple jump at the State 3A Championships with a triple jump of 41-5 1/2. He also represented the United States at an international track meet in Australia. He lettered four times in football and lettered in track from his eighth-grade season on. He attended the same high school that produced All-America Eagle linebacker Ronnie Hamlin ('09).

Personal: Born 11/11/95 in Fairfax, Va. Full name is Asan Olajhia Neil-Evergin. His parents are Cameron and Lisa Evergin. Considering majoring in physical education. Name is pronounced "Ah-SAWN" "Neil-ever-gin."


Patiole Pesefea

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Some of his most impressive clips out of high school were of him running the football, even hurdling guys. That really jumped out at us. What he does on the defensive side is great and is going to be great, but what he did on the offensive side shows you how athletic he is and that he is a football player. For him to do that at his size, it really caught our eye. He's going to be a great defensive tackle for us – he's explosive, powerful and strong. He's an incredible wrestler, which is always neat to see. That just adds to the intrigue because you know they are out there in one-on-one situations laying it on the line. That adds to their mental toughness."                                

HS: Will graduate from Foss HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 3A All-State team as a first team defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive lineman. Was named 3A Narrows League Defensive Player of the Year. He had 55 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks on defense. He also started at fullback on offense and had 39 carries for 164 yards (4.2 average per carry) and five touchdowns. He caught one pass for seven yards as the Falcons finished 5-5 his senior season. As a junior in 2012, he earned All-3A Narrows League honors as a first team defensive lineman and a second team offensive lineman. He started all but one game at middle linebacker as a sophomore in 2011 and totaled 69 tackles. He lettered three seasons in football and four times as a wrestler. As a junior, he placed sixth at the State 3A Championships in the 285-pound division. He placed third at the district tournament to qualify for the state meet. Former Eagles Allen Brown ('09), Drew Reynolds ('09) and Nicholas Edwards ('08) also attended Foss.

Personal: Born 8/22/95 in America Samoa. Name is pronounced "Pah-tee-oh-leh" "Pess-uh-fay-uh."


Jalani Phelps

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He has great length and mental toughness. He comes from an incredible program at Lynden and knows how to win state titles. He's similar to Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd with his length and how he approaches the game. What jumps out at you is how mature he is and the mentality he has. He has a calmness to him, but a drive deep down that you can see. It came out in leading his team to championships. We like the entire package that Jalani brings to our program at the wide receiver position."

HS: Will graduate from Lynden HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 2A All-State team as a first team wide receiver and a second team defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was named to the All-Whatcom County All-Area team as selected by the Bellingham Herald. Was an All-Northwest Conference 3A/2A selection as a first team wide receiver and first team defensive lineman. He was a unanimous selection on offense after finishing his senior season with 55 catches for 837 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 45 tackles on defense as he helped Lynden three-peat as State 2A champions. The Lions finished the season a perfect 14-0 and beat previously unbeaten Tumwater 38-28 for the title. He was also a starting wide receiver on Lynden's state championship team in his junior season in 2012. He named to the Bellingham Herald All-Whatcom County All-Area squad. He had 30 receptions for 569 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. A four-year letter winner in football, he has also lettered in basketball and track and field. He helped Lynden win the 2012 State 2A championship in basketball, and place third in his junior season. He was also a member of Lynden's 4x400 relay team that placed fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2013 at the State 2A Championships. His Eastern teammates Ryan Seto ('10) and Blair Bomber ('10) also attended Lynden.

Personal: Born 8/26/95 in Bellingham, Wash. Full name is Jalani Lee Phelps. His parents are Deforrest Phelps and Tamara VanDiest. Considering majoring in business administration.


Monike Sarte

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's also a great wrestler, so you know he has the mental toughness to go out there against players one-on-one. He has incredible strength – he has some power lifting records in the state which are pretty darn impressive. He'll start out as a guard for us, but he could also fit in as a defensive tackle. He can fill some holes we have on the offensive line. He also has a great maturity about him too, and was a great leader at Fife. The coaches felt very strongly about his leadership skills and what he brought to the table. It's always exciting to bring that kind of toughness, strength and leadership abilities into our locker room."

HS: Will graduate from Fife HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a second team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive lineman. Earned All-South Puget Sound League 2A honors as a first team offensive lineman and first team defensive lineman. Fife was 6-4 his senior season. He earned lineman MVP honors at the 2013 Northwest Elite Football Camp in Mercer Island. As a junior in 2012, he was named to the Associated Press 2A All-State squad as a second team defensive lineman. He was also a first team All-SPSL 2A selection as a defensive lineman, and earned honorable mention as a sophomore. An outstanding wrestler, he won the State 2A championship at 285 pounds as a junior in 2013 and was fifth as a sophomore in 2012. He entered his senior season 68-8, and through December 2013 he was 16-0 as a senior. He has also won multiple state championships in power lifting, and owns several USAPL state records in the men's 16-17 age group. Among his efforts are a 575-pound squat lift, a 625-pound dead lift and 315-pound clean lift.

Personal: Born 3/9/96 in Tacoma, Wash. He changed his surname from Failauga to Sarte as a tribute to his stepfather and his brother, Clinton Sarte, who passed away in summer 2013 after a battle with stomach cancer. His parents are David and Tara Sarte. Considering majoring in education. His nickname is "Big Mo." Name is pronounced "Mo-knee-kay"
"Sar-tuh."


Marcus Saugen

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's long, athletic and a three-sport athlete. He's done some impressive things in high school, and with that, has only played a couple of years of football. So the sky is the limit on what he can do down the road. We see him as possible defensive end or outside linebacker – he's somewhat interchangeable at that position. Samson Ebukam and Evan Day filled that type of role this past year, and we think Marcus can come in and fill that role. We can see him in a year or two really explode as his body continues to change and he goes from playing three sports to focusing on football. We're excited about signing Marcus."

HS: Will graduate from North Central HS in 2014. He earned second team All-Greater Spokane League honors as a linebacker. His Eastern teammate Jake Hoffman ('13) also attended North Central, as did former Eagle and current University of Washington secondary coach Jimmy Lake.

Personal: Last name is pronounced "SAW-gun."


Stu Stiles

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's very dynamic, athletic and smart. He's a multi-sport athlete, and we're glad to see the ball in his hands all the time in high school. We've had a lot of success with that type of player. We'll start him out on the offensive side and definitely believe he has a great chance to be a great rece, , iver for us. But he's not pigeonholed there either. He has the ability and mental toughness to play cornerback and safety for us – he's not afraid of contact. We're excited about what Stu brings to our recruiting class."

HS: Will graduate from Mt. Spokane HS in 2014. As a senior quarterback, he earned first team All-Greater Spokane League honors (Shadle Park's Brett Rypien was the offensive MVP). In six games in the GSL, he rushed for 885 yards (147.5 per game) on 114 carries (7.8 per rush). He also completed 46-of-82 passes (56.1 percent) for 623 yards. In a victory over University, he rushed for 153 yards with touchdown runs of 63 and 55 yards, and he completed 11-of-16 passes for 188 yards and two TDs. He was also credited with 16 total tackles (13 solo) and four passes broken up on defense. Mt. Spokane finished his senior season 8-4 and ended the year with a 27-7 loss to Shadle Park in the first round of the State 3A Playoffs. The week prior in a play-in game against Southridge, Stiles passed for 155 yards and ran for another 130 as Mt. Spokane won 34-30. Against Shadle Park in the regular season, Stiles rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and added 105 yards passing and two more TDs in a 63-42 loss. He rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 82 yards and another score in a 45-35 win over Gonzaga Prep. Most of the playing time in his career came as a senior after suffering collarbone injuries the previous two seasons, limiting him to 2 1/2 games of experience going into the 2013 season. He earned the starting quarterback job as a sophomore, but he suffered a broken collarbone in the second game of the season. A year later, oddly, he injured the same collarbone at the same point of the team's second game of the season. After the second injury, he had surgery to insert a five-inch long titanium plate. Seven screws are inserted in the titanium plate, and after he's done playing sports, Stiles will have the plate removed. He also played basketball at Mt. Spokane, and as a junior earned first team All-GSL honors. He finished as the third-leading scorer in the league with a 17.7 average per game, and through 13 games as a senior he is averaging 15.8. He had a best time of 11.45 in the 100 meters as a junior in 2013 and made the 3A Regionals in the 100 and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He is also an outstanding student with a 3.7 grade point average in high school. Eastern teammate Ashton Boothroyd ('10) also attended Mt. Spokane.

Personal: Born 10/29/95 in Spokane, Wash. Full name is Stuart J. Stiles. His parents are Stu and Natalie Stiles. Considering majoring in business administration.


Owen Taylor

 Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Owen moves people, thumps and plays incredibly hard. He comes from a great Gig Harbor program, and they've developed a lot of great offensive linemen over the years. We wanted to sign some very, very good young offensive linemen, and he's part of that mix. He has a body a little bit like Brandon Murphy. He's really impressive and is a great young man with great character. He's going to fill a need in terms of depth at the inside offensive line positions."

HS: Will graduate from Gig Harbor HS in 2014. He was selected to the Associated Press 4A All-State team as a second team offensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as an offensive lineman. Earned All-4A Narrows League honors as a first team offensive lineman. Played on an offense that set a school record for total offense (412.0 yards per game). He did not allow a sack in his final two seasons. As a team captain as a senior, he helped lead Gig Harbor to an 8-3 record and a first round appearance in the State 4A Playoffs. As a junior in 2012, Taylor was a first team All-4A Narrows League selection as an offensive lineman. He lettered four years in football, and has also been honored academically with a 3.7 grade point average.

Personal: Born 1/18/96 in Tacoma, Wash. Full name is Joseph Owen Taylor. His parents are Thomas and Lolette Taylor. Considering majoring in business administration.


Jay-Tee Tiuli

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a bit of a late bloomer, but he jumped off the film as a senior. He has incredible ability to move people. He plays with a lot of balance, a lot of natural strength and athleticism. And he's doing it carrying over 300 pounds. And he doesn't look like it – he carries it well. I think the sky could be the limit for Jay-Tee because he made such incredible progress from his junior to senior year in high school. The jumps we'll see in the future could even be that much greater. He comes from a great program at Federal Way, where we've had a ton of success signing a number of their players. Coach John Meagher and their program have had a lot of success, and we love to get those players and continue that pipeline, so to speak. Jay-Tee has the ability to play defensive line, but the plan is to play him on the offensive line and let him go to work. We think he's going to be very special there and our offensive line coach, Aaron Best, is really excited."

HS: Will graduate from Federal Way HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a second team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as an offensive lineman. He earned All-South Puget Sound League 4A South Division honors as a first team offensive lineman and a first team defensive lineman. In addition, Tiuli was named to the Federal Way Mirror All -City team as an offensive and defensive lineman. He helped open holes for a ground game that had more than 3,000 yards on the season. He also had four sacks on defense. He helped lead the Eagles to a 10-3 record and a semifinal appearance in the State 4A Playoffs. They beat Skyline 26-20 in the first round and Richland 41-34 in the quarterfinals before ending their season with a 40-7 loss to eventual champion Chiawana. In the summer of 2013, Tuili was named to the Max Preps preseason All-State Team (all classifications) as a first team defensive lineman. As a junior in 2012, he was selected to the All- 4A SPSL South League as a second team defensive lineman. His Eagle teammates Jordan Pulu ('12), D'londo Tucker ('13) and Albert Havili ('13) also attended Federal Way, as well as former Eagle Andru Pulu ('09).

Personal: Born 1/14/96 in Seattle, Wash. Full name is Tay-Tee Nimo Tiuli. His parents are Junior and Tagitupe Tiuli. Considering majoring in construction management. Last name is pronounced "Tee-oh-lee." 


Simba Webster

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He's a dynamic athlete and a player who garnered a lot of attention and honors in a state rich with talent. He was deserving of it because he was impressive playing the game of football. He's used to having the ball in his hands and he has a way about him. He's going to bring some great leadership abilities to our program and is going to be one of the more dynamic and athletic players within this class at the skill positions. Our plan is to play him at receiver and add to that long history of great production at that position."

HS: Will graduate from Deer Valley HS in 2014. Was selected to the MaxPreps.com All-Northern California High School Football Team. He was selected by the Bay Area News Group as the All-East Bay Offensive Player of the Year. He was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as the Contra Costa/Tri-Valley recipient as one of the metro area's top three regional football players. He was also the MVP of the Bay Valley Athletic League, and was a first team all-league quarterback. He and twin brother Nzuzi were selected to compete for in the Literary Classic All-Star game, featuring the best high school seniors in the Bay Area (San Francisco to San Jose) on January 18th in San Jose. Quick and prolific, Webster passed and ran for 50 touchdowns, and he played on special teams and on defense. He rushed for 1,544 yards (10.0 per carry) and 28 touchdowns, and passed for 2,026 yards and 22 scores. On defense, he was credited with 22 total tackles, one tackle for loss, a sack, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks. He and his brother Nzuzi helped lead the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and semifinal appearance in the CIF Division I North Coast Section Playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion and national powerhouse De La Salle, 57-27 (the most points by a Northern California team against De La Salle since 2008). After accounting for six touchdowns and 267 total yards of offense in a 49-21 playoff win over Castro Valley, he produced five touchdowns and 392 yards of offense in a 67-44 victory over James Logan. He also accounted for all four of his team's touchdowns against De La Salle, including an 80-yard touchdown run. As a junior in 2012, Webster accounted for 3,058 yards of offense and 34 total touchdowns. Webster also played basketball and participated in track and field, with bests of 22-8 in the long jump and 45-8 1/2 in the triple jump as a junior in 2013. Former Eagle and current Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones ('07) also attended Deer Valley High School.

Personal: Born 1/27/96 in Fremont, Calif. Full name is Nsimba Webster. His parents are Marcus and Batala Webster. Considering majoring in business. First name is pronounced "Sim-buh." 

Nzuzi Webster

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "Just like his twin brother, Nzuzi garnered a lot of attention and accolades in the talent-rich state of California. We plan on playing him on the defensive side where we can utilize his incredible athleticism and desire to tackle. He has the ability to play multiple positions, but we see him as a cornerback or safety. He adds to our young depth in our secondary, where we lost some players this last year. We can expect some great things from him early in his career."

HS: Will graduate from Deer Valley HS in 2014. The multi-talented Webster finished his prep career with 181 tackles, 12 interceptions and 24 passes broken up, plus other impressive statistics on offense and on special teams. He was a member of the Bay Area News Group All-East Bay second team as a defensive back. As a senior he was one of only two players to be named a two-way All-Bay Valley Athletic League selection, as he was a first team wide receiver and first team defensive back. He and twin brother Simba were selected to compete for in the Literary Classic All-Star game, featuring the best high school seniors in the Bay Area (San Francisco to San Jose) on January 18th in San Jose. He had 26 receptions for 506 yards (19.5 average) and six touchdowns, plus he added 240 yards rushing on 44 carries and two TD as a senior in 2013. Webster was a two-way starter and had 72 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, 12 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. On special teams, he blocked two kicks and averaged 32.1 yards on 13 kickoff returns and had a 41 yard average on two punt returns. He and his brother Simba helped lead the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and semifinal appearance in the CIF Division I North Coast Section Playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion and national powerhouse De La Salle, 57-27. As a junior in 2012, Webster was a unanimous first team All-Bay Valley Athletic League selection as a defensive back. He had 71 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, seven interceptions, seven passes broken up and one fumble recovery. He had 20 catches for 405 yards and six touchdowns on offense, and also returned two kickoffs for a 46.5 yard average. As a sophomore, he earned second team all-league honors as a defensive back. Webster was credited with 38 total tackles, three interceptions, five passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He had 10 receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown and 10 carries for 31 yards on offense. Former Eagle and current Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones ('07) also attended Deer Valley High School.

Personal: Born 1/27/96 in Fremont, Calif. His parents are Marcus and Batala Webster. Considering majoring in business. First name is pronounced "Zoo-zee."

 

Jack Hunter

Eagle Head Coach Beau Baldwin: "He has raw talent, and will find a home for us as an interior offensive lineman. Although he only played two years of high school football, he demonstrated a high ceiling to what his potential as a college football player will be. He's a local product, and having area players in our program is important to us. (Gonzaga Prep assistant coach) Nate Graham gave us good insight on his potential ability at the collegiate level."

HS: Will graduate from Gonzaga Prep HS in 2014. He did not sign a letter of intent, but has been admitted and confirmed his acceptance to attend EWU. He earned first team All-Greater Spokane League honors in 2013 in just his second year as a high school player. He helped lead the Bullpups to an 8-3 record overall, and fell to eventual State 4A champion Chiawana in a playoff game. He also played basketball and competed in track and field at Gonzaga Prep.

Personal: Born 1/19/96 in Spokane, Wash. His parents are John and Jill Hunter. Considering majoring in business administration.

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