Eagle football players verbally commit to Eastern


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Federal Way High football players Anthony Dotson and Andre Piper-Jordan have both verbally committed this week to attend Eastern Washington University on football scholarships.

The pair will make it official on the NCAA’s signing day in February.

“Eastern showed early interest in both of them and when you are the first school to make contact, that tends to make an impression,” Federal Way football coach John Meagher said. “It was a dream for both of them to go together because they are friends.”

Dotson, a 5-foot-10, 185 pound safety and running back, was a first-team All-SPSL selection and the SPSL’s Defensive back of the Year for two seasons.

“All the college coaches were excited about his hitting ability,” Meagher said. “They like his speed, and the big thing you can’t picture on film is his leadership.”

Dotson will likely continue to play defensive back in college.

Piper-Jordan, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound defensive back and wide receiver, led the Eagles in interceptions and earned second team, All-SPSL honors.

“One of the reasons Eastern stood out for Andre is because he wants to play wide receiver in college and they said they’d give him a shot,” Meagher said. “I don’t blame him. He’s the kind of guy that you want the ball in his hands. He makes things happen.”

Brandon Keeler, a 2002 Federal Way graduate, is a freshman playing football at Eastern and helped influence the decision of Dotson and Piper-Jordan.

“Brandon is having a positive experience over there,” Meagher said. “Eastern does a good job with Washington kids.”

The pair was also considering Montana, Portland State and Idaho State.

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