A month ago, Jakob Racimo’s summer plans consisted of lifting weights, “sleeping, getting ready (for college) and more sleeping,” he said.
Those plans have changed.
Racimo, who recently graduated from Capital High School after a stellar two-sport career, is off to play in USA Football’s International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship, an eight-nation tournament in Kuwait beginning Monday and continuing through July 16.
When he received a flyer from USA Football in the fall, Racimo filled out paperwork in hopes of being selected but wasn’t sure of getting a response. In June, he learned he was one of 44 high school players from around the nation who had been picked for the game.
“Getting the call was amazing,” Racimo said. “It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had.”
Catching up on his sleep gave way to rush-ordering a passport. Days after participating in the annual 2A/1A/B Earl Barden Classic in Yakima on June 21, which highlights the top senior football players in the state’s four smallest classifications, he was on his way to Washington, D.C., for a week-long training camp.
The team flew to Kuwait on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Racimo is undecided on where to play college football but is relishing the opportunity to represent his country.
“I can say I played or suited up for Team USA,” said Racimo, the lone Washingtonian on the roster. “I get to meet new people and new coaches and get my name out there.”
Racimo was an all-2A Evergreen Conference and Olympian All-Area honoree in two sports as a senior. A linebacker/tight end/punter in football, he also was the Cougars’ starting goalkeeper in soccer this spring, helping the team to the Class 2A second-place trophy.
The Washington State soccer and baseball coaches associations released their all-state teams, and several South Sound players were honored.
In boys soccer, Olympia’s Jamison Corbin (first-team Class 4A); Capital’s Racimo, Daniel Pailthorp (first-team 2A) and Nigel El-Sokkary (second-team 2A); Elma’s Konan Katzer (second-team 1A); and Black Hills’ Casey Duff (honorable mention 2A) were honored.
In baseball, North Thurston’s Ryan Mets and Riley Storedahl and Timberline’s Matt Mercer were named to the first team in 3A, Tumwater’s Garrett Terrell and W.F. West’s Tanner Gueller made the first team in 2A, Tumwater’s Luke Hare and W.F. West’s Toby Johnson made the second team in 2A, Rochester’s Dustin Wilson and Tenino’s Zak Chamberlain were named to the first team in 1A, and Rochester’s Dylan Fosnacht and Elma’s Nick Camenzind made the second team in 1A.
GRAHAM TO AIR FORCE
Justin Graham, a recent Tumwater High School graduate, gave a verbal commitment to play baseball at the Air Force Academy and already is in Colorado, Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks said.
Graham, an all-area first baseman, helped Tumwater finish third in the state and is the team’s sixth senior to join a college baseball program, along with Terrell (Central Washington), Hare and Clayton Boze (Saint Martin’s), and Ian Sugrue and Anthony Correia (Clark College).