Prepsters head to WSU full-contact camp

PAUL WULFF AND the Washington State staff opened up their 4-day football camp on Sunday, playing host to hundreds of prospects from around the West and beyond. An estimated 500-plus are expected to converge on Pullman for the full-contact camp featuring intensive instruction by the WSU coaches.

More Tri-Cities schools are expected to be on hand this year. Previously the schools had held their own summer camps but as many as seven of those schools will be camping at WSU this year.

Also among those expected to be on hand, Caleb Smith, the 6-6 tight end from Kentridge who holds multiple Pac-12 offers.

Unlike many single day or elite skills camps offered by other schools, Washington State's four-day camp is full pads, full contact.

Our camps are one-on-one instruction, all of our coaches are completely involved with running drills and teaching the fundamentals. and it's building relationships.

"We'll be working hands-on with every single kid, we're going to coach every kid up," said Rich Rasmussen, WSU recruiting coordinator.

Notable in-state players over the years who have attended WSU's camp and went on to suit up in crimson include Marcus Trufant, Erik Coleman, Brandon Gibson, Mkristo Bruce, Rien Long, Will Derting and Kenny Alfred. This year will mark the 34th summer youth camp at Washington State.

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