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EWU Signing Day HQ

Eastern Washington has announced the signing of 18 high school players  - including the their quarterback target - to letters of intent.

The headliner is quarterback Eric Barriere from La Habra, California, where he accounted for 130 career touchdowns with 9,304 passing yards and 1,718 rushing yards. More importantly, he led the La Habra High to a collective 30-8 record and a perfect league record in three championship seasons.

“There was no question we wanted to sign a quarterback, but we wanted to make sure we signed the right player,' coach Beau Baldwin said. "We did that with Eric."

Eastern also signed three running backs who combined for more than 12,000 rushing yards and 180 total touchdowns in their careers, as well as winning 85 percent of their games (105-18). They include California two-time All-State selection Antoine Custer Jr.from Concord, and Tamarick Pierce from Oakland.

The third running back is Jason Talley, an All-State running back from Oregon State 6A champion Jesuit High School. Talley’s brother, Jordan, was a running back and linebacker for Eastern from 2011-14. 

Of the 18 signees, all but five are on the offensive side of the ball.

Here are the Eastern signees:

Quarterback Eric Barriere Jr., 6-foot-0, 190 pounds from La Habra, California. Here are some highlights

Cornerback Calin Criner,  5-10, 185 pounds from Boise. Here's film of Criner in action.

Offensive lineman Conner Crist, a 6-3, 305-pounder from Tigard, Oregon: Here's Crist in action

Wide receiver Kedrick Johnson, a 6-3, 185-pounder from Prairie Bush, Washington. Here's film of Johnson.

Running back Tamarick Pierce, a 5-10, 188-pounder from Albany, California. Here he is in action.

Tight end Talolo Limu-Jones, a 6-5, 185-pounder from Modesto, California: Here's Limu-Jones.

Offensive lineman Jake Blackburn, a 6-3, 260-pounder from Newbury Park, California. Here are highlights.

Offensive lineman Nick Blair, a 6-7, 310-pounder from Everett. Here he is on the field.

Offensive lineman Brett Thompson, a 6-4, 235-pounder from Olympia. Here are highlights.

Tight end Colton Swain, a 6-4, 2-15 pounder from North Bend, Wash. Here he is on the field.

Wide receiver Xavier James, a 6-2, 170-pounder from Buckeye, Arizona. Watch him fly.

Running back Jason Talley, a 6-2-, 215-pounder from Portland. Here's Talley in action.

Defensive lineman Keith Moore, a 6-4, 285-pounder from Bremerton. Here he is on the field.

Wide receiver Kyle Olson-Urbon, a 6-0, 190-pounder from Gig Harbor, Wash. Here's Kyle catching a few passes.

Defensive lineman Rudolph Mataia, a 6-3, 250-pounder from Vancouver. Here's Mataia on film.

O-lineman Derek Dyer, a 6-4, 290-pounder from Kennewick. Here's the film.

Running back Antoine Custer, a 5-8, 175-pounder from Concord, California. Here are the highlights.

Defensive tackle Tre Neal, a 6-3, 255-pounder from Hermiston, Oregon. Here's his film.

Defensive back Benaiah Ellington Jr., a 6-2, 180-pounder from Bellevue. Catch him on this video.


Jim Allen
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