Highline All-American ready for some football

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

Highline sophomore Emmanuel Daigbe, who earlier this year gained the title of All-American in wrestling, is now headed to Portland State University for their football program.

"[Highline] was more structured and organized in terms of what classes I need to take and they had more opportunity for tutoring," said Daigbe. "I went to Green River for a year and I was kind of on my own in figuring out which classes I needed to take. I didn't have an athletic adviser."

Daigbe said that Highline has afforded him a lot of opportunities that were not present at other programs and schools.

"When I came to Highline I had an opportunity to compete because I was wrestling. It motivated me to go harder because I was competing and I had that competitive drive in me. I had the feeling of being a student-athlete and just being around other athletes made me want to do good in school," said Daigbe.

To finish in a timely fashion, Daigbe has taken on the challenge of doing 30 credits this quarter, which is a lot to manage at one time.

"This is my last quarter and I am done, so I had no choice but to take the 30 credits. Or if I don't, I would take to two classes in the summer, and that is just pointless because in football you have to be there earlier to grind and do the hard workouts to get a starting spot," said Daigbe.

Daigbe said he is highly determined to finish his classes so he can work to secure a spot as a wide receiver in the starting lineup come fall.

"That's my mindset I want to get a starting spot," said Daigbe. "So, I have to knock out these 30 credits. It's really hard right now. It's all about time management. I have to get assignments done like non-stop. It is like 24 hours of school every day. My work load for the week will be super heavy and it starts all over again, so it's really tough right now, but I am getting through it. All I have to do is pass these classes because right now my G.P.A. is like a 3.48."

For Daigbe to stay in the right mindset he continues to think about his support system he has around him in the school.

"It's a lot of people motivating me right now. I'll say it started at Kent-Meridian where I had this great support system that were like a family to me. Then I moved to Highline where I created another support system. I got a lot of people counting on me and that believe in me so I got to just keep going," said Daigbe.

As for Portland State, Daigbe wants to attend the school because they have continued to have a great relationship with him as his time at Highline comes to a close.

"Ever since I came out of high school, all the D1 schools that found out I was not eligible they all backed off but Portland State. They been there for me from day one," said Daigbe. "They wanted me and I was always in contact with the recruiters, we have a good relationship he has been talking to me for a year now."

"I feel that Portland State is the place for me because you want to go where you are needed not where you are not. I have built a good relationship with the coaching staff and I feel comfortable to go there, it's my new home," he continues.

Daigbe was one of the best wrestlers at Highline this past year, placing fourth at nationals at 184 pounds and becoming an All-American.

"I was just doing wrestling to get that competiveness back because I had not been competing in a long time. Once I did wrestling I felt like I am an athlete again, competing with other athletes and it made school go by faster and it funnier. But wrestling is done," said Daigbe.

Daigbe's time at Highline allowed him to become a person who can be successful in class and on the field, something he was unable to do prior to coming to Highline.

"Taking this path at Highline was a great path because I feel like I was able to mature even more," said Daigbe. "When I was in high school I was an athlete-student, sports came first for me and school I would wait to the last minute."

Many lessons he learned at Highline he will continue to use at Portland State.

"Going through this college path it has prepare me to be a student-athlete, managing my time and turning in assignments on time and being an advocate for myself. It has made me more dedicated to school, and it has prepared me to be the person I am today."

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