Price vs. Few?

<B>MIKE PRICE</B> MAY have an unlikely competitor in the recruiting war for one of those patented tight end/defensive end types he's so fond of bringing to Cougarville. If the hoops grapevine in the West Coast Conference is on target, Price should be grappling this fall with <B>Mark Few</B>, Gonzaga U's basketball coach, for the services of 6-foot-8, 223-pound <B>Cody Boyd</B> of Ferndale High.

Price has already made the big man a scholarship offer, but Few is said to be in the middle of the hunt --- as are Dennis Erickson at Oregon State, Rick Neuheisel at Montlake and others. Boyd is widely considered one of the ten top prep grid prospects in the state of Washington this recruiting season.

Down California way, the Cougars are reported to be contending for some of the state's promising skill players.

Among them are Evan Nunez, 6-2, 198-pound receiver/outside linebacker from South Central Los Angeles; Curtis Brown, a 6-0, 187-pound running back from Paraclete; and highly coveted 6-2, 185 pound receiver/cornerback Jarrod Page of San Leandro.

All three reportedly have received scholarship offers from WSU.

Page is considered by some to be a national top 100 prospect, with 4.45 speed, tremendous cover skills and a love to hit. The Cougars are vying for one of two remaining spots in his top five. UCLA, Arizona and Washington are believed to have a slight early edge. He also stars in baseball.

Brown has been described by the folks at Dawgman.com as a powerful ground gainer with "great balance and vision as well as quick feet." He told Dawgman that his top schools are WSU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon and Washington.

Nunez, a receiver/defensive back who the Cougars project as an outside linebacker, was in Pullman late last month for Price's football camp and earned MVP honors at receiver. He also camped at the UW and apparently drew high praise from Husky coaches. He runs the 40 in 4.54 and is the cousin of former Husky Derrell Daniels. According to Ruth Robbins at Realdawg.com, his top four are WSU, UW, Hawaii and Fresno State.

Running back Wally Forrester (5-10, 185), a teammate of Nunez' at Venice High, also camped in Pullman and Seattle this summer. He rushed for 1,200 yards and 17 TDs a year ago and is reportedly installing the Dawgs as his early leader.

Another California skill player whom the Cougars offered early but appears headed elsewhere is 6-3, 185-pound receiver Blake Mackey of Bakersfield. Realdawg.com reported that he's narrowed his list to Arizona State, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and USC. But SC has yet to make an offer, so there's an outside chance Cal, WSU or Oregon State could sneak into the mix. His brother Alan is a redshirt freshman cornerback at Colorado.


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