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O'Dea's Tatum Taylor still trying to choose | Football Recruiting

By Jayson Jenks
Seattle Times staff reporter

O'Dea's Tatum Taylor was one of the state's few Division-I bound athletes yet to sign a letter of intent Wednesday night. Taylor, a running back and defensive back, is choosing between Oregon State and Arizona State.

He is also choosing between sports: track and football. Taylor is looking at running track at Arizona State, but would play football at Oregon State.

Taylor is one of the fastest players in the state. lists his time in the 40-yard dash as 4.21 seconds. He is a three-star prospect, according to, and had more than 10 D-I football offers.

Jack sticks with plan and commitment to UCLA

Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack did what he said all along that he would do: He signed to play football at UCLA.

Jack put to rest months of speculation surrounding his final destination. Jack committed to UCLA before his senior season, but Washington remained a suitor throughout the recruiting process. He also had interest from Florida State and Arizona State, and received late interest from Georgia, the state where he grew up.

Jack had a dominant senior season, rising from three-star to unanimous four-star status.

Federal Way's Tate takes step up, goes with San Jose State

Receiver Mike Tate appeared headed to Eastern Washington, where two Federal Way teammates, D'Londo Tucker and Albert Havili, are headed.

But during a visit to San Jose State over the weekend, Tate switched his commitment to the Spartans. He didn't start hearing from San Jose State until a week ago.

"This last week's been crazy," Tate said. "When they called me, I was really in shock. It's been wild."

The move is a step up in competition. Eastern Washington competes in the FCS. San Jose State is an FBS team. The 6-foot-1 Tate is a two-star prospect, according to

Riley relishes big chance at UNLV

Mount Si senior Trent Riley couldn't make up his mind: Portland State or UNLV?

He liked aspects of both schools: The proximity to home provided by Portland State and the facilities at UNLV. He didn't decide until four hours before signing.

"When it really got down to it, I just wanted to compete at the highest level possible, and UNLV was giving me that opportunity," he said.

Riley scored a school-record 25 touchdowns his senior year. He said UNLV originally recruited him as a safety but will try him at wide receiver.

Green competing early at BYU

King's quarterback Billy Green graduated from high school a semester early and enrolled at Brigham Young in January. Green, who signed on Wednesday, will participate in spring practices in March.

Green is a two-star prospect, according to, and is the site's No. 100-rated quarterback in the country. In his final two seasons his Shoreline school, Green passed for 5,446 yards and 86 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He also rushed for about 900 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Green completed 65 percent of his passes as a senior, and Washington State coach Mike Leach once told Green he was one of the most accurate quarterbacks he had seen, according to King's coach Jim Shapiro.


• Idaho's haul of state recruits included Bothell RB/DB Danny Wilson, Auburn DE/TE Kevin Shelton, Hazen LB Zach Cable, O'Dea DL Will Schmidt and Central Valley (Spokane) kicker Austin Rehkow, who booted a 67-yard field goal last fall.

• Eastside Catholic QB Trey Reynolds signed with Claremont McKenna. Reynolds totaled more than 2,700 yards and had 30 touchdowns in leading the Crusaders to the Class 3A state championship game.

• LB/safety Michael Carlson will walk on at UCLA, joining Bellevue teammate Jack.

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