Oakland High football player Damante Horton can enter his senior season with a free and clear mind.

The talented playmaker gave his oral commitment to Washington State on Monday and will join the Cougars as a defensive back in the fall of 2010.

"I think it helps set him up for a great senior year," Oakland coach Desmond Gumbs said. "He knows he's going up to play Division I football in the Pac-10."

Horton had more than a dozen offers and decided on a school that, according to Gumbs, had Horton listed as their top choice to play defensive back.

"(Washington State) is very excited about him playing DB," Gumbs said. "He was No. 1 on their board. He's a great find for them."

Going two ways as a wide receiver and cornerback, Horton had a breakout junior season for Oakland, which went 8-3 and earned a share of the Oakland Athletic League's regular-season title with a 4-1 league mark. That came just a year removed from an 0-10 record.

"I'm glad we were able to turn (the program) around," said Horton, the school's first football player to earn a scholarship directly from high school since 1993, according to Gumbs. "Since I've been getting scholarship offers, everybody else has been trying to get scholarships, too. It feels real good to be part of something like that."

In 11 games last year, he caught a league-leading 39 passes for 570 yards and also had 60 carries for 578 yards. Defensively, he was a shutdown corner with game-breaking ability, returning two interceptions for touchdowns.


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Resignation

Hugh Lenahan confirmed he has resigned as Tennyson High's athletic director. Lenahan, who held the position for three years, will remain the varsity softball coach and continue to teach at the school. There has been no announcement on who will replace Lenahan as athletic director. A message left for principal Olga Pineda was not immediately returned.

— Michael Bower