Cougs courting coveted hoss

THIS TIME OF YEAR, when the hype machine on the next crop of prep football prospects starts to churn, the buzz typically centers on flashy skill position players or the cat-quick linebacker types. But this year, no discussion of coveted prep seniors-to-be on the West Coast goes by without mention of a hoss from Spanaway's Bethel High.

That's right, much of the buzz out of the Evergreen state right now surrounds an offensive lineman who's go good that he's already been offered a scholie by WSU and a number of others.

Aaron Klovas, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound bulldozer, is drawing as much attention from college recruiters as any of the most touted backs, receivers, QBs and linebackers. A first-team all-South Puget Sound League pick as a junior this past season, his size and agility --- not to mention stellar marks in the classroom -- make him a special talent.

Morever, Bethel High's balanced offense requires Klovas to proficent at both drive blocking as pass blocking. While still raw in terms of technique, his learning curve will be quicker simply because of who he's playing for and what will be expected of him.

Klovas, a tackle, runs a 5.3 40, benches 285 pounds, squats 405 and power cleans 255.

WSU has offered him a scholarship and, at least word, he was headed to Pullman for the Crimson and Gray spring game. Oregon, Washington, Michigan State and Northwestern also have offered.

He says he plans to keep his options open and won't commit to anyone early unless "blown away" by someone. He also wants to see if last season's two BCS championship game teams, Ohio State and Miami, come calling.

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