From EHS to NFL

By Lorenzo Recupero

Lewis Cine

The National Football League 2022 Draft culminated on but not without some of Everett High’s brightest football stars being picked for their chance to shine in the big leagues.

Everett alumni Lewis Cine and Isaiah Likely, former teammates and back-to-back Division 1 State Champions in 2016 and 2017, were both called for their opportunity at the next level.

Cine, a hard-hitting safety who helped the Georgia Bulldogs win a national championship in January, was a highly touted defensive prospect and was grabbed in the first round (32 overall) by the Minnesota Vikings. Pegged as a brilliant and pleasant young man with the smarts to lead any defense, the Vikings are said to have signed Cine for just over 12.4 million dollars, which means they realize what he will bring to their organization. His NFL Combine performance of 6.57 three-cone is one of the fastest in Combine history, and it ranks in the 97th percentile, which makes his services a real weapon for the Vikings. His speed and down-hill aggression make him a fearsome defender, especially in blitzing situations.

Likely, a big and speedy tight-end that opened eyes while at Coastal Carolina, was picked in the fourth round (139 overall) by the Baltimore Ravens.

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Crimson Tide Alumni Cine and Sainristil Compete in CFP

Former EHS football stars and teammates, Georgia’s Lewis Cine, left, and University of Michigan’s Mike Sainristil, right, competed against each other in the NCAA 2021 Orange Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Cine’s Facebook Page)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The pride and spirit of the Everett High School football tradition overflowed into college footballs nationally televised 2021 Orange Bowl competition, where former Crimson Tide standout defensive back Lewis Cine and stud wide receiver Mike Sainristil faced-off against each other for the first time.

Cine’s Bulldogs finished on top of Sainristil’s Wolverines, 34-11, but both players provided boost to their respective programs.

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