One of the most high profile football teams in the State of Washington in 2012 will be the Eagles from Federal Way. The returning perimeter on this group is the deepest of any that are currently attending any of the (Invite Only) elite events that we have been hosting.
Fed Way returns after going (10-1) in 2011 while losing to a tough Eastlake squad in the second round of the playoffs. The only question mark comes from the line, as the skill position players are flat out filthy and some of the most talented kids in the state.
One of the State’s top defensive backs will also play QB again in DLondo Tucker (6-1 180 Jr. QB/DB). He is considered one of the Top 25 overall athletes in the state and has locked up many receivers out our elite events. Tucker was a first team all league kid that will be looked at collegiality to go in and play multiple positions, but primarily DB.
Tuckers favorite target will be one of the state’s top receivers in Mike Tate (6-1 170 Jr. WR). Tate had a big year in 2011 earning second team all league honors, and an Army All American Combine Invite. He has been first team all city for the past two seasons and has continuously broke off DB’s at our events. Tate has been one of the most impressive kids at any position that we have seen this off season, and we think his future is extremely bright.
Mike says, ” I feel like our team next year will come out stronger then ever before, with all the returners that we have coming back…Personally I want to help get my team to the dome and in the end hopefully play collegiate football”.
On top of these two talented athletes is one of the best linebacker duos in the region led by Albert Havili (6-3 240 Jr. LB/OL) and Rod Jones Jr. (6-2 235 Jr. LB/RB). Both are considered two of the top 30 overall athletes in the state of Washington, and both project at the division one level.
Havili was a first team all league kid on both sides of the ball, and has the size and mentality to play a very high level of football. At our first elite event he really put himself in a special category along with Peyton Pelleur and a few other high profile backers. If Albert can improve his straight away speed he is a Pac 12 linebacker.
Jones Jr is a phenomenal overall athlete that excelled on both sides of the ball racking up 50 tackles and 4 sacks on D, while rushing for over 500 yards and 14 Tds on offense. He was a second team all league kid on both sides of the ball as a junior, and his upside is through the roof runinng a 4.6 (40) yard dash. Rod’s an outstanding kid, and always one of the hardest workers in the gym.
To round out the talented group at Federal Way is a pair of brothers that will both be key components to making next years team reach its full potential. Jeremiah McNeal (5-8 165 Jr DB) and Zeek McNeal (6-0 170 Jr KR/DB) both attended the Army All American Combine and showed they could play with the best at our elite events. Jeremiah was an All league DB, and Zeke took a couple Kick returns to the house last season earning first team all league special teams honors as the Eagles won 10 straight.
Coach John Meagher and his staff have to be very excited about next years group. One Fed Way parent says, “all the kids are like one big family, they all hang out together, eat together and have each others back”.
We at NEI are big fans of this program and the way the kids conduct themselves. They always show up as a team, and go hard every play exemplifying that they want to make the most of their football career. We will be covering this group closely and think that they could be a few lineman away from making a run at a title.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/929738/rod-jones Rod Jones Jr. Highlights
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/929736/mike-tate Mike Tate Highlights
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/929766/albert-havili Albert Havili Highlights
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/929737/ Zeek McNeal Highlights
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/929751/ Jeremiah McNeal Highlights
(Mike Tate 6-1 170 Jr. WR)
(Rod Jones Jr. 6-2 235 Jr. LB/RB)