BREAKING: Cougs land in-state, high motor OL

HE COULDN'T MAKE it to many camps this summer but he did make it to Washington State's, and to Jason Gesser's. There was a solid in-state prep coaching connection with Paul Wulff too, so WSU was familiar with him and had junior tape of him by the spring. Not too long ago, the Cougs offered and he didn't take long to decide he was going crimson.

B.J. Salmonson, (6-5, 265), out of Everson, about 15 miles north of Bellingham, is Wazzu-bound.

Actually, he also just left the Palouse -- he and his grandfather were in Pullman today to take in practice after the Nooksack Valley offensive guard prospect was offered and verballed to WSU late last week.

"I really like the college town community, my brother is going to school there and I loved the coaching staff," said Salmonson.

The Cougs' practice on Tuesday, he said, also served to ensure in his mind he made the right call.

"We watched the o-line pretty close and saw the intensity and how they worked. I'm really excited to be a Coug and I can't wait to get out there next year," said Salmonson.

Salmonson attended the Gesser Camp and WSU's summer youth camp as well to play himself into a scholarship offer. One of his coaches at Nooksack Valley, T.J. Ackerman, DL Coach/Assistant Offensive Coordinator, played for Paul Wulff at Eastern Washington and went onto the CFL. (His brother, Tom Ackerman, also played for Wulff and went on to play 8 years in the NFL.)

"The biggest thing with B.J. is he has a great motor. He has the size and a great frame, he has the good feet, but what probably separates him is his willingness and ability to get downfield and make those second and third level blocks," said Ackerman.

Salmonson, a big, athletic, blue collar type who is tough and plays physical, "plays out of position for us at tackle, he's probably more naturally a guard," said Ackerman, who sent WSU game tape of him back in the early spring.

"But I also understand because of my 17-year relationship with coach Wulff, how important it is for them to see kids in person. I probably wouldn't have gotten a scholarship if coach Wulff hadn't come down to see me in person," said Ackerman.

He'd drawn interest from schools like Oregon and Washington, and they'd had recent conversations and wanted to get him in their camps, but scheduling this summer wouldn't allow.

"WSU will be a fantastic fit for him because they have such a solid family thing going on over there. He's an outstanding kid," he said.

Salmonson was named AP first team defensive line, honorable mention offensive line as a junior. He was named to the 2011 Ron Siegel Washington State Preseason Senior All-State Football Team this week.

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