Future Coug (and mom) 'had a blast' at WSU

HENRY EADDY, A member of the Florida quartet who verballed to Washington State earlier this year, was among those in Pullman this weekend on an official visit. The Orlando-area receiver is fast (4.39 time in the 40) and can jump high (42 inch vertical) but he says it was Washington State who blew his doors off this weekend.

Eaddy (5-7.5, 170, 4.39) out of Olympia High had but a few minutes to talk while in an airport awaiting a flight. But the sentiment coming out of the Washington State visit didn't take long to express.

"It was definitely what I was expecting – it was the same (as this summer) with the hospitality and being a family oriented place. That's why I loved it," said Eaddy.

Eaddy's mom and brother came along on the visit. So what did mom think?

"We haven't really gotten a chance to talk about it (in depth) but she said she loved every moment of it," said Eaddy, who then turned away from the phone for a moment. "She just told me she had a blast."

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THERE WERE PLENTY of highlights on the trip, said Eaddy, but to keep things short, he talked about the Cougar players and coaches.

"Being around all the players -- they were all very respectful and honorable towards one another and to me," said Eaddy. "They look out for one another as much as I've ever seen in anybody. The coaches, they are one of a kind."

AND THE game's outcome, a 50-16 setback to USC, that obviously wasn't a bright spot, so how did he feel about that?

"At the beginning of the first quarter, and more towards the middle of the second quarter, I felt they were very competitive. And I know they're a very young team – they had adversity and they didn't know how to respond well. And that's going to come in time with experience. I'm not worried about it," said Eaddy.

FROM A BOTTOM LINE perspective, how would Eaddy, who has climbed up to No. 34 in the latest Orlando Sentinel 2011 Central Florida Super60, characterize the level of his commitment to Washington State?

"One hundred percent. Honestly. I love the place. And I want to be there the next 4-5 years," said Eaddy.

Eaddy and Olympia High (2-1) are ranked No. 10 in the state Class 6A poll. According to the Sentinel, Eaddy has 6 catches for 103 yards with one TD through three games.

Henry Eaddy profile

  • Eaddy tore up the combine circuit this past spring and summer down in Florida, clocking a 4.39 in the 40 and a vertical jump of 42 inches. The 42 inch vertical was the top national mark this year at a NIKE SPARQ event. At the Miami NIKE Combine, which was literally overflowing with prep talent, Eaddy was the top-rated SPARQ tester present with a score of 118.26.

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