Seattle RB is 4th Cougar verbal

<b>J.T. DIEDERICHS</b>, a 6-2, 205-pound running back/safety from Seattle's Ballard High became the fourth known prep prospect to make a verbal commitment to play his college football at Washington State. He did so this week in Pullman, where Ballard's Beavers were partaking in a team camp hosted by WSU. He runs the 40 in 4.35, and also entertained scholarhip offers from Washington, Oregon State and others.

The Beavers, by the way, won team camp MVP honors in Pullman.

Diederichs is no stranger to Seattle-area prep football fans. As a sophomore in 2001 he burst onto the scene and earned first-team all-Metro League honors. As a junior this past season, with Ballard now part of the Kingco 4A loop, he galloped for 1,168 yards to take the league rushing title. Again, he earned first-team all-league plaudits. In the final two weeks of the season he rushed for a collective 406 yards.

Diederichs has a repuatation for great wheels and moves, but his toughness is said to be what really makes him special. He's also a standout in basketball and track. His time in the 100 meters is 11.4 seconds.

One of Diederichs teammates and good friends is another lad with Pac-10 written all over him: Keauntea Bankhead, a 5-11, 200-pound receiver/defensive back. He, too, has been offered a scholarship by WSU.

"We've (he and Diederichs) talked about playing together before and I have a hard decision ahead of me.  I'm thinking really hard about playing with my cousin too."

His cousin is Keandre McGee, who graduated from O'Dea this spring.  He'll be walking on at Arizona State.  The Sun Devils have offered Keauntea, as has much of the Pac-10.

Does that mean that ASU is now Bankhead's leader?  Or maybe the Cougars?  "No, no," Keauntea said with a laugh.  "Everybody is pretty equal right now.  I'm set on my plan to wait things out a little bit and go with my gut instinct.  If I can, I would like to decide at some point during my season, but I'm not going to wait too long."


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