Beavs first to offer record setting WR

THERE ARE some solid D-IA receiver prospects in the states of Washington and Oregon for the 2008 class and arguably the top fundamental wideout in the Northwest hails from Prosser, about 45 minutes out of Yakima. One of the Northwest schools recently became the first to offer the 5-11, 170-pounder who as a junior set a state record in receiving yards, and led the nation in catches, a scholarship.

He has his senior season yet to go but Cody Bruns shares some similarities with Oregon receiving great Mike Hass. Both are record setting prep receivers with a passel of post season recognition, and neither boasts world class speed but instead use technical, fundamentally sound skills to put up big numbers.

One difference between the two, however, is that while Hass walked-on to Oregon State, Bruns already has a scholie offer, picking up his first at the Oregon State half day camp earlier this month.

"It went very well. I talked to coach (Mike) Riley and coach (Mark) Banker and it went really well, they offered a full ride. It was a pretty good weekend...Coach Riley, he's a really down to earth guy. He liked my explosiveness." said Bruns.

Bruns, who runs the 40 in the 4.6 range, said he plans on making a return trip to Oregon State at the end of the summer.

"Coach Riley said to come on down and check out a team practice in August so I'm definitely going to try and do that," said Bruns.

TODAY, BRUNS WILL be at Idaho after spending this past weekend at Boise State, with whom prolific Prosser QB Kellen Moore signed this past February.

He and his Prosser teammates will then camp at Eastern Washington, with Bruns planning on hitting a couple more schools after that.

"I'm going to try and attend the WSU and UW camps, too," he said. "Coach (Timm) Rosenbach invited me to go to their camp, and Coach (Randy) Hart (did too) and has been following me...The goal has always been to play Division-I Football. I kind of want to stay around here, the Northwest. Washington State, Washington, I've grown up liking them. And then the Oregon schools too."

Interest over the May Evaluation period came primarily from Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, Eastern, Idaho, Boise State and Oregon, said Bruns, with the schools either calling, visiting his school, or both.

THE IDAHO COACHES last year told Bruns they liked him on defense but that was a different staff, and his calling at the next level looks to be on offense. He also has a family connection to the Vandals.

"My dad actually played at Idaho," said Bruns. "I went there last year and it was pretty impressive, the weight room and what they're going to do with the Kibbie Dome...Coach (Al) Genatone, I've talked to him quite a bit. He's from Kamiakin and a real good friend of our coaches."

AS FOR A timetable, Bruns said he wants to explore his options, take his time and make the right decision.

"Right now I'm just going to take it week by week," said Bruns. "I think as I finish up with these half-days and unofficial visits. I'll start to narrow things down towards the end of the summer and as my senior year gets going, then start to get more serious. I don't really have a top three. Of course, Oregon State because they offered and I really had a good time down there in Corvallis. But I'm sure after (the summer) I'll try to narrow it down to three or so."

Cody Bruns profile and video

Last season, Bruns was tops in the nation according to Max Preps with 109 catches. He also set the state-record with 1,891 receiving yards, and hauled in 28 TD receptions.

As a sophomore, Bruns caught 98 passes for 1,647 yards and 23 touchdowns -- despite missing two games due with an injury.

Among the awards Bruns earned his junior season were Mid-Valley League co-offensive player of the year and first team selection, Seattle Times all-state first team, AP class 2A first team all-state, Tacoma News Tribune all-state and Tri-City Herald all-area.

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