Two Federal Way High School football players signed to play for Pac-12 universities on the first day of the early signing period.
In front of an audience of family members, friends and FWHS staff, the two seniors signed their national letters of intent Dec. 19.
Alphonzo Tuputala, linebacker, signed to play for the University of Washington, ready to put his 6-foot-3 and 240-pound build to work for the Huskies.
Trey Davis, 5-foot-11 190-pound cornerback, signed to play for the Trojans at the University of Southern California.
“Pac-12 athletes are special, they’re different than other athletes in terms of just their athleticism, but it’s not always the athleticism that matters,” said Federal Way Eagles football head coach John Meagher. “You gotta be great leaders and teammates. These guys have all that … I’m extremely proud of them.”
For Tuputala and Davis, it’s their size, speed and natural leadership qualities that will make them Pac-12 standouts, Meagher said, adding that he looks forward to watching them play on college football Saturdays.
“This day is one of my favorite days as a coach,” Meagher said. “It’s like a payday because you get to see these guys reach their dreams.”
Meagher also had a message for those students in the crowd with hopes of becoming collegiate athletes.
“If that is a dream of yours, it can happen,” he said to the crowd. “Keep that dream alive. Keep working for it. These two young men are shining examples for you to be able to shoot for it. Reach for your dreams … one day, this could be you.”