Keauntea Bankhead, the 2004 Huskies football recruit from Ballard High School who was unable to gain admission to Washington, appears headed for Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, to play...

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Keauntea Bankhead, the 2004 Huskies football recruit from Ballard High School who was unable to gain admission to Washington, appears headed for Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, to play junior-college football.


Bankhead said he fell 50 points short on a recent attempt to get a passing score on the SAT.


At Dixie State, Bankhead will be reunited with Ballard teammate J.T. Diederichs, a Washington State 2004 recruit who also failed to meet college entrance requirements. Diederichs just finished an All-American freshman season in which he rushed for 1,740 yards and 22 touchdowns and was MVP of the Dixie Rotary Bowl, in which Dixie State beat Grand Rapids 27-20 to finish 10-2.


Bankhead said new UW coach Tyrone Willingham called him a few days ago while he was in the shower. Bankhead said his friend who answered the phone didn’t get him out of the shower to take the call. Instead, the friend came into the bathroom after hanging up and said, “Guess who just called?”


Bankhead, a defensive back, said he has been trying to get in touch with Willingham.


Bankhead, an all-state selection, was considered one of the two top recruits in the Huskies’ 2004 class but neither one touched the field. The other, Woodinville quarterback Matt Tuiasosopo, signed a professional baseball contract with the Mariners.


Bankhead and Diederichs, teammates on the 2003 Ballard team that advanced to the state 4A title game, will have to complete their two-year degrees to be eligible to play Division I football. They will be free to sign with any school.


Several UW football players have played at Dixie State over the years, including star running back Corey Dillon, a member of the New England Patriots.


Craig Smith: 206-464-8279 or csmith@seattletimes.com