Cougs after Ballard star

BALLARD HIGH, the Seattle school that gave Washington State fans beloved early '70s quarterback <b>Chuck Peck</b>, may be poised to send another primo athlete to the Palouse.

Keauntea Bankhead, a 5-11, 200-pound senior-to-be, is a two-way star for the Beavers and already has secured a  scholarship offer from WSU. He's also been offered by the UW, with many others lurking.
 
If there are any advantages to be had, they appear to be on the Cougars' side. Keanuntea's sister currently attends WSU, and old Cougar legend Jack Thomspon is a Ballard High assistant coach.
 
Bankhead, a receiver and safety, says college coaches are eyeing him for the defensive side of the ball, perhaps in no small part because he's so darn aggressive.
 
He's also fast and strong.
 
Bankhead's last 40 time was a 4.53.  He benches 275 pounds and just maxed out his squat at 396 pounds.

He's not playing any other sports right now, concentrating on his school work to keep his grades in order.

"I'll be going to Washington State for our team camp," Keauntea said when asked about his summer plans.  "And some of us are going to a camp at SMU too.  It's a way for me to get out of the area and see some other competition.  I've never played football outside of Washington before, so that should be fun."

The Beavers also made a trek up to Canada last year to participate in the Big Kahuna passing league.  Bankhead wasn't available last year to play, but expects to be up there this summer. 
He's been to two Junior days, at Oregon and Washington.  "Oregon's was good," Bankhead said.  "I got to meet all the coaches.  It was nice."

And Washington's?  "I got to see practice, so that was nice.  It was intense.  I liked it a lot."

Keauntea has recently been to Pullman to unofficially check out the Cougars.  "I just went over there and I like the campus," he said. 

When it comes to favorite schools, Bankhead is decidedly pro-West Coast.  "I'd like to stay in the Pac-10," he said.  "And I'd like to stay close to home too."
 
But he assures that he isn't close to a decision just yet.

"I'm pretty open," he said.  "I'm just waiting on things.  I don't want to make a decision now and then regret it later."
 
Bankhead was first-team KingCo 4A and a Seattle Times All-State pick this past season and a Tacoma News Tribune 2002 'Nugget in Waiting' selection.
 

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