In December, a large part of Eastern Washington University’s early football signees were the immovable objects — linemen.
And on Wednesday, second-year coach Aaron Best and his staff welcomed the move-fast signees in the traditional national letter of intent period.
“We were recruiting them (playmakers) all the way through the fall, but those guys were still comparing what was best for them,” Best said. “Now you see a few more of the guys-with-the-ball-in-their-hands recruits.”
The signature recruit Wednesday was arguably Sumner High School’s Tre Weed, a two-time News Tribune All-Area team member as a junior and senior who had offers from Air Force, Brigham Young, Hawaii and Syracuse.
“We are willing to go toe-to-toe with those institutions (in recruiting) to make our team better,” Best said. “We know we won’t always win those fights.”
Best said Weed (6-0, 190) will likely start his Eastern career out on defense, likely at safety.
But Best compared the Sumner standout to that “tool you have in your pocket that can do 68 things,” and added Weed could end up being an impact contributor on offense, defense and special teams.
“He has an innate ability to make people miss, and find the end zone in a lot of different ways,” Best said.
During his career at Sumner, Weed finished with 5,980 all-purpose yards, scoring 83 touchdowns and hauling in 19 interceptions.
“They are jumping up and down (getting him part of the Eastern class),” Sumner coach Keith Ross said. “They said he could play whatever he wants.”
Some of the other playmaking types Best signed Wednesday included two running backs, including Graham-Kapowsin’s Micah Smith; and a pair of Rainier Beach High School wide receivers, Freddie Roberson and Anthony Stell Jr. A third recruit from that school — cornerback Darrien Sampson — also signed with the Eagles.
Eastern Washinton University’s 2018 recruiting class
Risone Ama, DL, 6-4, 285, Spokane, Wash. (Mount Spokane)
Charlie Baumann, OL, 6-5, 275, Bellevue, Wash. (Newport)
Simon Burkett, QB, 6-3, 185, Bellingham, Wash. (Meridian)
Zion Fa'aopega, DE, 6-4, 240, Vancouver, Wash. (Union)
Tiquan Gilmore, RB, 5-10, 170, Los Angeles, Calif. (Torres)
Brad Godwin, OL, 6-6, 265, Redlands, Calif.
Champ Grayson, WR, 6-2, 180, Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin)
Corbin Hartsock, DE, 6-5, 235, Olympia, Wash.
Joshua Jerome, DL, 6-1, 275, Monroe, Wash.
Emmanuel Osuoha, LB, 6-1, 220, Seattle, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy)
Freddie Roberson, WR, 6-3, 180, Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
Dean Sise, DB, 6-2, 205, Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita/Navy)
Micah Smith, RB, 6-0, 190, Spanaway, Wash. (Graham-Kapowsin)
Darrien Sampson, CB, 6-1, 170, Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
Anthony Stall Jr., WR, 5-10, 170, Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
Tre Weed, S, 6-0, 190, Sumner, Wash.