Meyer continues WSU's hinterlands pipeline

FUTURE COUG MATT MEYER hails from Lynden, a small town in the northwest corner of the state that's only five miles from the Canadian border. Not many college recruiters make the journey to Whatcom County and prospects from 2A schools like Lynden High are often overlooked. But not this time. Apart from the size of his hometown, everything else about this 6-6, 290-pounder is big. has tabbed Matt Meyer a three-star prospect this recruiting cycle and the No. 59 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

There's good reason for that -- this isn't an offensive lineman who's gotten by just because he's bigger than his opponents and simply runs over them. he's been an excellent pass protector.

Lynden, unlike many high school teams, throws the ball a bit -- in the 2A state title game the Lynden QB threw for 376 yards. Protecting the QB for Lynden's last two state title runs has been Meyer.

Meyer has made it impossible to overlook him, despite playing so far north, and not just because of his towering size for a prep senior.


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He was named all-classifications All-State at defensive end by the Tacoma News Tribune, and all-class All-State on the o-line by the Seattle Times and an Associated Press Class 2A All-State OL pick.

Small towns are often full of small quirks and Lynden is no exception. Until five years ago, if you wanted to buy an alcoholic beverage on Sundays in Lynden, you were out of luck. The 1967 ordinance was repealed in 2008.

Meyer continues a long Cougar history of finding talent in small towns. Recent examples include B.J. Salmonson, who grayshrited this past season; starting offensive lineman John Fullington; and Meyer's old compatriot from Lynden, Blair Bomber, who his now at EWU.

If Meyer makes a name for himself at WSU he will join a celebrated list of standout Cougars (see below) who came to Pullman from ther hinterlands.

Among those crimson luminaries, Will Derting has to be the most celebrated, having come from a portion of Okanogan County so remote the family didn't have telephone service.

Josh Parrish, a standout offensive lineman at WSU during the late Mike Price years, was from Chewelah, and Steve Busch, an All-Coast lineman in the early 70s, was from Colton.

To put the size of those communities into perspective, consider that Anacortes -- the home of Rien Long, WSU's 2002 Outland Trophy winner -- is a veritable metropolis by comparison with a population of 15,000.

If you took every resident of Lynden, Meyer's home town, you'd have enough people to fill about one-third of Martin Stadium.

Without further ado, here's CF.C's choices for ....

(population 15,000 or less)

QB 1999-03 MATT KEGEL, Havre, MT
Led Cougs to 10 wins, including Holiday Bowl over Texas, in ‘03

RB 1928-30 ELMER SCHWARTZ, Port Orchard
All-Coast and second-team All-American

RB 1974-77 DAN DOORNINK, Wapato
Played for New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks

RB 1940-42 BOB KENNEDY, Sandpoint, ID
First-team All-American and All-Coast

RB 1982-85 RUEBEN MAYES, North Battleford, Sask.
Heisman Trophy top 10; College Football Hall of Fame

WR 1993-96 CHAD CARPENTER, Weiser, ID
Caught 47 passes in '96, then played in NFL

WR 1965-67 DOUG FLANSBURG, Palouse
First-team All-Coast two years

WR 1947-49 FRAN POLSFOOT, Montesano
NFL Pro-Bowler, long-time NFL assistant coach

TE 2003-06 CODY BOYD, Ferndale
Multi-year starter who had NFL cup of coffee

TE 1987-89 DOUG WELLSANDT, Ritzville
Caught 76 career passes at WSU. Played for New York Jets

OL 2000-02 JOSH PARRISH, Chewelah
First-team All-Pac-10

OL 2000-02 CALVIN ARMSTRONG, Centralia
First-team All-Pac-10 twice; played in NFL

OL 1969-71 STEVE BUSCH, Colton
First-team All-Coast and all-conference

OL 1928-30 MEL HEIN, Burlington
NFL and College Football Hall of Famer

OL 1994-97 JASON McENDOO, Cosmopolis (Aberdeen)
First-team All-Pac-10; 3 years in NFL

OL 1920-21 EARL DUNLAP, Dayton
First-team all-conference three years

OL 2010-13 JOHN FULLINGTON, Belfair (North Mason)
Started as a true freshman; will be a senior in 2013.

LB 2002-05 WILL DERTING, Okanogan
Two-time all-conference selection

LB 1993-96 JAMES DARLING, Kettle Falls
Second-team All-American, long-time NFL player

All-conference, All-Coast, NFL All-Pro

DL 1950-52 HARLAND SVARE, Poulsbo
Long-time NFL player and coach

DL 2000-02 RIEN LONG, Anacortes
Outland Trophy winner and Tennessee Titan

DL 1978-81 KEN COLLINS, Cashmere
Played for New England Patriots

DL 1963-65 WAYNE FOSTER, Port Orchard
First-team All-American

DL 1929-31 TURK EDWARDS, Clarkston
NFL and College Football Hall of Famer

DB 1974-77 KEN GREENE, Omak
All-American, played in NFL for Chargers and Cardinals

DB 1957-59 DON ELLERSICK, Diamond Lake (Newport)
East-West Shrine Game pick, played for L.A. Rams

DB 1947-49 FRANK MATAYA, Roslyn (Cle Elum)
Multi-sport Cougar, in WSU Hall of Fame

P 2002-05 KYLE BASLER, Elma
WSU record-setter, '03 Holiday Bowl MVP

Some other small-town WSU notables that come to mind:
TE 1965-68 Bob Simpson, Edwall; OL 1979-81 Mark McKay, LaCrosse; OL 1979-80 John Little, Raymond; OL 1935-57 Al Hoptowit; OL 1973-74 Steve Morton, Chehalis; RB 1998-01 Jeremy Thielbahr, Sandpoint ID; DB 1983-85 Ron Collins, Cashmere; LB 2001-05 Pat Bennett, Forks; DL 1978-80 Brian Flones, Sedro Woolley; TE 1970-72 Jim Forrest, Ephrata; P 2007-10 Reid Forrest, Ephrata; TEs early 80s, Chris and Vince Leighton, Spangle; LB Matt Mullennix, Spangle; TE Andrei Lintz, Meridian; OL Brian Danaher, Colfax; TE Jon Kincaid, Colfax

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