Don't forget about future in-state Cougs

OVERSHADOWED IN ALL the hullabaloo of mid-year junior college signings might be this little nugget from the prep recruiting ranks for Washington State. And it shouldn't be. The Cougars have three known in-state commitments from the prep ranks. All three have been named all-classifications, all-state by not one, but two sources.

The Seattle Times this week named Max Hersey, Tana Pritchard and Bishop Sankey to their all-classifications, all-state team, joining the Tacoma News Tribune from earlier this month.

Hersey, whose best position at the Pac-12 level might be tight end, was all-state defensive line for Curtis High, who reached the 4A semifinals this season. He lead the Curtis D to the top of the SPSL rankings in rush defense, and was called by the TNT "a nightmare" for opponents in the trenches.

Although tight end might be his future, he's classified by as a middle linebacker, rated No. 40 in the nation and three stars.

Pritchard out of Clover Park High will arrive at WSU as an outside linebacker but his athleticism as a high schooler meant he played quarterback, safety and held a host of other roles. He led the SPSL 2A in total yardage this season and was named the SPSL 2A MVP. Another area he excelled in was punting, where he averaged more than 40 yards per punt in being named the state's top punter.

Early in the season, Pritchard was barred from Clover Park's contact drills. Too many of his teammates were getting injured.

Sankey out of Gonzaga Prep rushed for appx. 2,518 yards this season in becoming the GSL's all-time career rushing leader with 4,529 hashes, breaking the mark set by Tyree Clowe of Central Valley (3,937).

Sankey continues to say he remains committed to Washington State, though he has long been seen as a soft verbal and has taken additional official visits to Maryland and Minnesota. He plans on trips to Washington as well as Washington State in January.

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