Ian Shoemaker says he wants his Central Washington University football program to “take advantage of our place in the state.”
And he has another deep and talented recruiting class to prove it.
There was a heavy emphasis on speedy athletes in this class of 30 recruits, particularly in the back seven of the defense. Twelve linebackers or defensive backs were signed Wednesday, including Kentwood’s Alex McGeachy, Cleveland’s Jahleel Breland, Cascade Christian’s Tyquan Coleman and Puyallup’s Landon Neff.
“We took some guys on the ‘athlete’ line we will fill in as we go,” Shoemaker said. “We got a lot of guys who can run.”
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On the other side of the ball, Shoemaker not only grabbed The News Tribune’s two All-Area wide receivers in Graham-Kapowsin’s Robert Mason III and Lakes’ Cody Roe, he got a pair of locals with big bodies and high upside.
Roe was one of the Wildcats’ top receiver priorities after he made the transition from quarterback to pass catcher at Lakes. They offered him out of their summer camp.
“Cody is the closest one ready (for college) body-wise, but we recruited that position on projection,” Shoemaker said.
The position group that has Shoemaker most excited is offensive line with the likes of Archbishop Murphy’s Martin Napeahl Jr., Liberty’s Julian Bruce and Lakes’ Hector Jasso III part of this class.
“It is pretty special,” Shoemaker said.
Central Washington University’s 2018 recruiting class
Brett Accimus, LB, 6-0, 200, Woodinville, Wash.
Josh Alvarez, OL, 6-4, 285, Pasco, Wash. (Chiawana)
Jahleel Breland, DB, 6-3, 200, Renton, Wash. (Cleveland)
Ryan Brooks, DL, 6-3, 245, Poulsbo, Wash. (North Kitsap)
Julian Bruce, OL, 6-6, 285, Renton, Wash. (Liberty)
Tyquan Coleman, DB, 6-0, 170, Tacoma, Wash. (Cascade Christian)
Jon Cox, TE, 6-5, 225, Stanwood, Wash. (Lakewood)
Kaiden Hammond, DB, 6-2, 205, Bonney Lake, Wash.
James Hinson, DB, 6-3, 195, Ferndale, Wash.
Hector Jasso III, OL, 6-3, 280, Tacoma, Wash. (Lakes)
Cameron Mahoney, OL, 6-3, 255, Beaverton, Ore. (Jesuit)
Tiano Malietufa, LB, 5-11, 225, Auburn, Wash. (Auburn Riverside)
Colin Manners, K/P, 6-4, 190, Spanaway, Wash. (Graham-Kapowsin)
Robert Mason III, WR, 6-0, 175, Puyallup, Wash. (Graham-Kapowsin)
Alex McGeachy, DB, 6-1, 175, Kent, Wash. (Kentwood)
Tai-John Mizutani, QB, 6-3, 185, Kailua, Hawaii (Iolani)
Lionelletui Mulitauaopele, DB/LB, 6-0, 190, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)
Martin Napeahl Jr., OL, 6-2, 300, Lake Stevens, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy)
Johnny Navarro, LB, 6-1, 215, Bothell, Wash. (Jackson)
Landon Neff, DB, 6-2, 185, Puyallup, Wash.
Kendall Oakes, RB, 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic)
Owen Oniskey, DL, 6-3, 230, Tumwater, Wash. (Black Hills)
Jaelen Percival, LB, 6-1, 200, Bothell, Wash.
Canon Racanelli, QB, 5-11, 185, Brush Prairie, Wash. (Hockinson)
Cody Roe, WR, 6-1, 185, Tacoma, Wash. (Lakes)
Keegan Stich, RB, 5-10, 190, Snohomish, Wash.
Angel Terry, DT, 6-1, 302, Vancouver, Wash. (Hudson's Bay)
Spencer Thompson, OL/DL, 6-2, 265, Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake)
Darickus Welborne, DB/LB, 5-11, 180, Port Orchard, Wash. (Central Kitsap)
DaViciou Wilson , WR, 6-3, 170, Bothell, Wash.