Lakes ATH attends SJS game

Of all the high school players in attendance last Saturday, Anthony Russo and Jeff Wells may have been the most excited to be there. The reason? The current Lancers were there, in part, to see how the former Lancers were doing. And while I'm sure it was nice to see Felix Sweetman and Matt Griffith again, there was one Lakes grad that made an indelible impression on at least one of the visitors, especially with his 89-yard touchdown, the longest reception in Husky history.

"It was one of the most exciting games I've ever been to," Russo told Dawgman.com last night. "Probably because of how the offense just exploded in the second half. And of course watching Reggie (Williams) have a good game, that was great. It was also cool how after the game we got to go in their meeting room and listen to the coaches talk to the team. It was great."

The 5-11, 180-pound Russo is ready to get his senior season off and rolling to a big start. "Our first game is against Highline this Friday," he said. "We just got done with a jamboree. We dominated our first game, and then played pretty good against Bellarmine. I scored three touchdowns." With Russo and fellow Lancer Akeem Anthony available for carries or catches, Lakes Head Coach Dave Miller has a ton of weapons to use and the Lancers' offense will be one to reckon with when the 3A playoffs come calling later in the year.

Washington defensive line coach Randy Hart was the only college coach to call Anthony on September 1st. "He called to check up on me and tell me how interested they are in me," Russo said. "He also talked about the Michigan game and how they had too many players on the field."

Despite the outcome, Anthony plans on watching the game again...and again. "I recorded it," he said. "I think it was a pretty good showing. They should have beat them."

On the recruiting front, Russo has since heard from Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Oregon State, Nevada and Washington State. "I think it's picked up a lot. I've gotten a lot of good responses." Montana and Idaho are still Anthony's current offers, but he feels pretty good about where he stands with Washington, Washington State and Nevada. "They've been talking to me like they might offer after seeing some of my film and seeing me play a game or two," he said.

At this point he's still very open and would take an official visit to any school that has called him.

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