Big Holiday Weekend For Eastern Washington

The Eagles have been active on the recruiting front in recent days and over the holiday weekend, they hauled in four local prospects who promise to add some playmaking ability to their roster.

On Friday night, Emerald Ridge wideout Andrew Boston announced his decision to commit to the Eagles.

 

 

Boston chose Eastern Washington over offers from Air Force, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana State, Portland State, UC-Davis and Weber State.

The 6’3″, 180 wideout finished his senior season with 69 receptions for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns.

After a day off to breathe, the coaches got three more pledges from in-state prospects.

First it was Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, who committed to Eastern over offers from Central Washington, Montana State, New Hampshire and Weber State.

 

 

“I’ve always liked them and they were my first offer,” Gurley told Northwest Elite Index. “I have known their defensive backs coach (Cherokee Valeria) for three years and I have developed a great relationship with them during that time.”

Gurley noted that the Eagles are looking at him as an athlete or as a defensive back. 

The 5’11”, 184 pound two-way prospect finished with 437 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, 26 receptions for 583 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver while posting 29 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions.

Gurley plans to take his official visit to Cheney on January 13th.

Shortly after Gurley, Mount Tahoma DB Ira Branch announced his decision to commit on Twitter.

 

 

“Eastern was my only offer, but other schools (Montana State, Portland State, Montana and Hawaii) were close to offering,” Branch said. “I shut down my recruitment pretty early though because of the relationship I had with coach Cherokee (Valeria).

“I felt welcomed when I went for my unofficial visit. Everybody was showing love — the fans, the players and the students — and they have a great football program. I’m close with a couple players that are committed and the relationships with them made it easier for me.”

As a senior this season, the 6’0, 175 pounder was named First Team All-PCL as both a corner and a kick returner after posting 43 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble while also totaling two kickoff returns for touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown. 

The final addition of the weekend was Kamiakin CB Darreon Moore.

 

 

Moore chose the Eagles over an offer from Central Washington and interest from schools like Colorado State, Boise State and Hawaii.

The 5’11”, 174-pounder helped lead his team to the 3A State Title this past season and was named to the Tacoma News Tribune First Team All-State and was named First Team All-Area and First Team All-Mid Columbia League.

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