Lakes' big fish will be swimming closer to the Colorado River than Lake Washington next year.
Sammie Long - the Lancers' standout wide receiver who exhibited a unique blend of speed and atheltic ability - officially signed on to play with Colorado State on Wednesday.
Long, at 6-foot-3, will provide a key weapon for the Rams, who finished 4-8 overall, 3-5 in the Mountain West Conference last year. The Rams signed four wide receivers Wednesday, and Long is the only player from Washington.
Originally committed to Washington, it became clear that Long and the Huskies were moving in different directions after the high school season ended.
I've seen Sammie play a couple of times, and each game I was impressed. He has deceptive speed and can position himself well against a defender.
Here's his career breakdown courtesy of CSU:
- Rated a three‐star prospect by Scout.com and ESPN.com, and two‐star by Rivals.com.
- Earned nine letters at Lakes High School, including three in football and was a two‐time all‐league selection
- Won back‐to‐back South Puget Sound League Championships as a sophomore and junior.
- In 2012, pulled in 34 receptions for a team‐leading 436 yards, scored 11 TDs and caught a two‐point conversion.
- Defensively, recorded 27 tackles (23 solo) for the 5‐5 Lancers.
- In a 42‐38 victory Bellarmine Prep caught 10 balls for 90 yards and caught hit lone touchdown of the season. On the defensive side of the ball tied a season‐high with five tackles (4 solo).
- Earned honorable mention All‐South Puget Sound League and first‐team all‐city as a senior.
- Named second‐team All‐Washington in 2012.
- Selected to play in the Washington East/West All‐Star Game.
- Voted 2012 Most Inspirational by his teammates.
- As a junior, registered 20 catches for 266 yards and five TDs.
- In a blowout victory over Capital had three catches, two of which went for touchdowns.
- Lakes High School finished the year 11‐1 and advanced to the second round of the Washington state playoffs before bowing out in a 35‐14 loss to eventual state champion Bellevue.
- Earned first‐team all‐city honors and first‐team All‐SPSL honorable mention after his junior campaign.
- In 2010, saw his first varsity action as a sophomore and recorded 12 receptions for 163 yards and a TD. On the other side of the ball, had 13 stops (11 solo).
- First varsity reception came against Evergreen in a 54‐15 win, hauled in one reception for 18 yards.
- Defeated in the semifinals by eventual champion Bellevue, 35‐7.
- Head football coach was Dave Miller.
- Also competed in track and basketball at Lakes High School.
- Holds the school record in the 400 meters (50.2) and the 4x100 relay.
Congratulations to Sammie and his family.