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February 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Lakes to celebrate multiple signings

The party is about to get started at Lakes, where eight football players signed letters of intent this morning.

A celebration to honor them, as well as a few other Lakes athletes, is scheduled for about 2:15, shortly after classes end.

This is the biggest contingent Dave Miller can remember in his 10 seasons as head football coach in terms of players signing with four-year universities. Two years ago, he had 11 players sign, led by UW’s Kavario Middleton, but most went to smaller schools.

This year, three Lakes players signed with Washington — Sione Potoa’e, Jamaal Kearse and Darius Waters. Two others have D-1 scholarships — Dee Maggitt (Hawaii) and John Goldwire (Eastern).

Central Washington gets Teddy Cotton, Martin Smitherman and Tyler Rogers.

Blue Kearney (Army) and Jordan Patterson (Linfield) will also be recognized, although they weren’t required to sign official LOIs today. And Willis Wilson should receive a nod as an invited walk-on with Washington.

In addition, the ceremony includes two athletes who signed for other sports last fall — Deedra Foss (volleyball, Colorado State) and Andre Winston Jr. (basketball, James Madison).

Miller said he is happy his players will be going on to play at the next level.

“I’m excited for them to have the opportunity,” he said. “A couple of guys slipped through the cracks, but overall I’m pleased.”

Miller said he believes Cotton and Wilson are both D-1 running backs. Both had D-1 offers before the season (Cotton with Idaho State and Wilson with WSU), but those were withdrawn when other commitments came in.

Jordan Patterson was looking at some Ivy League schools, but Miller said he thinks Linfield will be a good fit for the linebacker.

Noticeably absent is Jordan Rivera, a talented fullback who might wind up taking the junior college route because of academics, Miller said.

Miller said he thinks in-state schools missed the boat on Maggitt.

“I think he’s going to be a great corner at Hawaii,” Miller said.

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