QB Isaiah Stanback update

It was a tough night last night for Garfield's <b>Isaiah Stanback</b>, who sat on the sidelines with his helmet off, watching his Bulldogs get trounced 30-0 in the first half to the Woodinville Falcons. Then, with about 9 minutes left in the second quarter, he stepped onto the field, even though he probably shouldn't have.

"I pulled my groin in last week's game," Stanback told Dawgman.com last night after the Woodinville beat Garfield 36-14. "It was hurtin', but I had to suck it up for my team. I couldn't see them out there playin' bad. I had to do it. I'll be ready next week."

Isaiah's presence was just the ticket for a slumbering Bulldog attack, as Stanback led Garfield to 14 second-half points, outscoring Woodinville during the time he played. He ended up going 14 of 27 for 194 yards and 1 touchdown pass to tailback Jamal Hillsman. Isaiah also ran 6 times for 37 yards.

When the talk turned to recruiting, Stanback was matter of fact. "I'm pretty much just talking to the schools that have offered me right now," he said. "U-Dub(Washington), Wazzu(Washington State)...Purdue called me and told me that they already have two commitments, so I'm done with them. Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Oregon State."

A couple of interested coaches came by to see Isaiah last week during Garfield's 58-21 loss to Eastlake; Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Husky Offensive Coordinator Keith Gilbertson. "They came to last week's game," Isaiah said. "I didn't get a chance to talk to them then. I talked to them the next day."

Stanback admitted to having narrowed down his list considerably. "U-Dub (Washington) and USC." Isaiah was QB MVP during USC's summer camp. What does he like about Southern California? "Good school, good sports," he said, getting right to the point. "Just everything about them."

Even though those two schools are his early leaders, Isaiah said he's not going to make a decision any time soon. "I'm gonna take all my trips," he said.

And baseball? "Baseball's going good," said Stanback. "But I'm not sure if I'm going to play this year. I know I want to play ball wherever I go in college, though. I want to do both."

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