One of Kennedy Catholic’s prized class of 2021 football players has made his college pick.
Jabez Tinae, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver, announced his commitment to the University of Washington on Sunday night, where he will stay home and join his high school teammate, prolific passing quarterback Sam Huard.
“This sport is everything to me,” Tinae said in an announcement video posted to Twitter. “It continues to teach me what it means to be selfless, motivated, hard-working and drives me every day to win on and off the field.”
Tinae has been a feature in the Lancers’ air attack since his freshman year, and has helped the team to several postseason finishes. Last season, he had 959 yards receiving with seven touchdowns and was SBLive Washington‘s 53rd most impactful player in the state during the high school season. Statistically, his sophomore season was his best, when he had 1,221 yards and 11 total touchdowns.
Last season he recorded one of the season’s top highlights across the state when he hauled in a deep ball and shed tacklers en route to a 96-yard touchdown reception from Huard.
National recruiting site 247 Sports designates Tinae a four-star WR alongside fellow four-star class of 2021 receiver Lonyatta “Junior” Alexander (No. 15 in SBLive’s postseason Top 100), who is uncommitted. A third 2021 receiver, the 5-11, 175-pound Reed Shumpert, who is uncommitted, is a three-star, per 247 Sports.
Along with Huard, Tinae also joins Bethel’s Will Latu and Eatonville’s Caden Jumper as top-tier in-state recruits from the class of 2021 staying at Washington. Kennedy Catholic’s five-star defensive end Sav’ell Smalls is a class of 2020 UW signee.
With Tinae, Alexander and Shumpert out wide and Huard under center, the Lancers possess a state-leading pass attack and will be among the 4A state favorites if a 2020-21 high school football season is to take place.
Tinae’s junior season highlights
(Lead photo by Vince Miller)