The Central Washington University athletic department is making a play to host the Washington state football championships now that the WIAA is moving out of the Tacoma Dome. What better showcase than to bring in the 2019 3A/4A East-West All-State High School Football Game for the first time in the history of the summer classic.

The best of the best are in Ellensburg preparing for Friday night’s 3A/4A East-West All-State High School Football Game at Tomlinson Stadium. Last year, the game was played at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane where the East held on to win with a last-minute sack-fumble. This year it’s a little closer to home and all Central Washington fans have to do is drive down the block to see the best 68 3A/4A players and coaches, as selected by the Washington State Coaches Association.

“We’re extremely happy to have players of this caliber on campus, ready to get after it. It’s good to see all that football going on and we’re excited to have them here,” first-year CWU head coach Chris Fisk said. “It’s good for our university. It’s certainly a showcase of our facilities and our athletic director Dr. Dennis Francois did a good job putting this together.

“Hopefully something like this gives us the opportunity to compete as one of the facilities across the state to be able to get those state championships.”

Since the summer classic features 3A/4A talent, there isn’t anybody from any of the local high schools, but it will give area football fans a chance to get a look at the next generation of Central Washington Wildcats. A total of 11 players will be coming back next fall to play for Fisk and the Wildcat program.

“We haven’t seen our committed athletes in action since last fall, but we’re really pleased with the recruiting class. I didn’t recruit them, but I was involved in the decision-making process,” Fisk said.

The Wildcat recruits include:

  • Jamin Faalogo, a 6-2, 245-pound middle linebacker from Timberline High School in Lacey. The first-team all-area, all-league selection was named captain of his Lumberjack squad his senior season.
  • “Jamin is a big strong kid, comes from a great family. We’re very fortunate to get him signed to play here,” Fisk said. “It’s fun watching him fly around and make plays.”
  • Lakes lineman Alan Fischer is following in the tradition of a program that has produced several CWU players over the years. He’s is a 6-5, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker, who had eight sacks and was first team, all-league first team all-area, and first team all-state. He was also a Washington State team second team selection.
  • “We’re excited to see what he can do. He’s another one that can run, make plays and is very disruptive,” Fisk said. “He does everything you ask of him and he’s a fun kid to watch.”
  • Three-time Columbia Basin Big Nine first-team selection Darius Carlson, a 6-foot-2, 200 pound, wide receiver/strong safety out of Wenatchee. The Wildcat recruit has the ability to bring the big hit on defense and provide another wide receiver with some size.
  • Two-time Greater St. Helens 3A defensive player of the year Riley Noah of Kelso will have the chance to showcase his talent on Friday. The 6-1, 210-pound linebacker/receiver was a all-state team as a linebacker. Noah liked what he saw with the Wildcats recruiting process and will have a chance to show why he was heavily sought after.
  • Jaiden Thomas-Fuertes, a 6-2, 285 pound offensive lineman from Spanaway Lake High School, was a two-time honorable mention for the Sentinels.
  • Hunter Campau, a 5-9 wide out from Timberline High School. He was AP All-State 3A first team, Olympian Player of the Year, News Tribune All-Area first team and SSC 3A MVP.
  • Makai Anderson, a 6-2 free safety from Mountain View High School. He was a 2 time all-league wide receiver and was also an all league defensive back. Anderson was also a scholar athlete while in high school.
  • Ethan Eilertson, a 6-3 wide receiver from Enumclaw High School. He led the Hornets in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions in 2017-18 and was a first team all league wide receiver. His senior year, he was second team all-league wide receiver as well as defensive back.
  • Jeremy Banks, a 6-foot defensive back from Kentridge High School. Banks was named first team all-league as a wide receiver and defensive back. He was also named special teams specialist of the year. Jeremy was named to the TNT All-State team as a defensive back
  • Darius Morrison, a 6-3 wide receiver from Puyallup High School. He was named first team all-state his senior year and won the Elizabeth Westley Award.
  • Mejinta Adams is a 6-3 defensive end from Gladewater, Texas. Mejinta was a first team All-Wesco award winner for Marysville-Getchell.

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