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Early-signing period: Peninsula High basketball standout JaQuori McLaughlin to sign with Oregon State

Peninsula High School guard JaQuori McLaughlin will sign his letter of intent to play for Oregon State during the early-signing period, which begins Wednesday.
Peninsula High School guard JaQuori McLaughlin will sign his letter of intent to play for Oregon State during the early-signing period, which begins Wednesday. Gateway photo

Make it official.

Peninsula High School held a signing ceremony Tuesday morning for JaQuori McLaughlin, one of the top basketball recruits in the nation, before he signs his letter of intent to play at Oregon State University next year.

This was the same college McLaughlin initially made an oral commitment to as a sophomore, then decommitted, committed to Washington, decommitted from UW before recommitting to Oregon State in September.

He’ll put the official period on that last sentence when he signs Wednesday.

“I feel like this is the place for me. I’m 100 percent confident that’s the place for me,” said McLaughlin, last year’s 3A SPSL most valuable player. “So I just wanted to get it done with. That’s where I’m going.”

Wednesday marks the first day of the early-signing period, which runs through Nov. 18. But Peninsula doesn’t have school then, so it held the ceremony for him Tuesday.

He sat at a table — killing any hope of signing-day dramatics when he and his family all showed up in Oregon State apparel — in Peninsula’s gymnasium. He averaged 23 points, five rebounds and five assists a game last season and is the No. 90 recruit in the nation as ranked by 247sports.com.

McLaughlin said he knew ever since he stepped foot in Peninsula’s halls that he’d eventually go on to play college basketball.

“That’s just how confident I am,” McLaughlin said. “I just wanted to work hard to get to where I wanted to go.

“But I never knew which school that was going to be. So it’s a blessing right now to have this opportunity and to be signing.”

TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677, @tjcotterill

EARLY LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING PERIOD

South Sound area athletes who plan to sign their letters of intent early, according to school athletic directors:

Name

School

Sport

College

Megan Jacobsen

Bellarmine Prep

volleyball

San Diego

Alyssa McKiernan

Bellarmine Prep

softball

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Henry Cheney

Charles Wright

baseball

Portland

Anna Matz

Curtis

basketball

Central Wash.

Allie Bauer

Emerald Ridge

volleyball

Pierce College

Haley Bittner

Emerald Ridge

golf

California Lutheran

Makenna Smith

Emerald Ridge

volleyball

Central Wash.

Ashley Wesenberg

Emerald Ridge

volleyball

Utah St.

Quinn Breidenbach

Enumclaw

softball

Massachusetts

Christian Jones

Federal Way

baseball

Washington

Jalen McDaniels

Federal Way

basketball

San Diego St.

Jaden Hassell

Fife

baseball

Washington

Anna Kasner

Fife

softball

Western Washington

Tanner Knapp

Fife

baseball

Seattle U

Tamia Braggs

Lincoln

basketball

Santa Clara

JaQuori McLaughlin

Peninsula

basketball

Oregon State

Emily Ensrud

Puyallup

softball

South Dakota St.

Chris Micheles

Puyallup

baseball

Washington

MaKenna Schultz

River Ridge

basketball

Saint Martin’s

Kelsey Breer

Rogers

softball

Idaho State

Troy Johnston

Rogers

baseball

Gonzaga

Sasha Killings

Rogers

softball

Bethune-Cookman

Jessica O’Toole

Rogers

softball

Saint Martin’s

Josh Riley

Sumner

track and field

Montana

Nick Gennerali

Tahoma

cross country

Central Washington

Carly Nance

Tahoma

softball

Seattle U

Rachel Paulson

Tahoma

basketball

Corbin

Sara Bowen

Timberline

basketball

Saint Martin’s

Nia Alexander

Todd Beamer

basketball

San Francisco

Bria Rice

Todd Beamer

basketball

Colorado

Makenna Woodfolk

Todd Beamer

basketball

Hawaii

Darian Gore

White River

basketball

Humboldt State

Source: School athletic directors

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