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McComas signs to play football at Western Oregon

Banks senior Twister McComas will take his talents to Monmouth starting next fall

Banks football standout Twister McComas made it official last week — he will take his talents to Monmouth to suit up for Western Oregon.COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS HIGH SCHOOL
 - Banks senior Twister McComas (second from right) poses with coaches Steve Lyda, Cole Linehan and Ben Buchanan last Wednesday afternoon.

McComas signed his national letter of intent last Wednesday to play football for the Wolves, a member of the the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and a perennial contender at the NCAA Division II level.

Western Oregon signed a total of 29 players from seven states last week, including 16 athletes from Oregon.

“We are very excited about the players that have committed to Western Oregon,” head coach Arne Ferguson said. “Signing 16 kids from Oregon is great because they are the backbone of our school and our community.

“Our coaches did a wonderful job expanding recruiting to include talents that will help us with the toughest schedule in program history next year.”

McComas, a stout 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman, was a two-time Cowapa League all-star during his career, including this past season when he was named the league’s defensive player of the year. He was also voted as the Class 4A state defensive player of the year this past fall, when he helped Banks advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs.

“That’s a big accomplishment and a big honor that’s voted on by all of the coaches in the state,” Banks defensive coordinator Cole Linehan said in December. “Twister is very deserving. I don’t think Banks has ever had one before, so for him to be named state player of the year is a big honor not just for him, but for the entire program.”

McComas finished the season with 67 total tackles, including 31 solo stops, 17 tackles for loss and 8½ sacks. His 27 quarterback hurries were far and away the most on the team and he also forced two fumbles.