In-state RB with WSU ties talks recruiting

AN IN-STATE PRODUCT, he rushed for 1,935 yards his junior season despite missing nearly a month with a concussion -- including a game where he racked up 380 yards. His parents both went to Washington State. So is he on the WSU radar? And why has there been little heard about him in Pac-12 circles this recruiting season?

One reason may be because Capital High's Kai Van Sickle is a 6-0, 195-pound power runner -- and he might at any given time be a little lighter than that. And in terms of the Pac-12, it's more about speed and an extra gear at that size for running backs.

In terms of Washington State and running backs under Mike Leach, it's about speed, the ability to block and the ability to catch passes coming out of the backfield and of course, with some runs mixed in.

VAN SICKLE DOESN'T hold a college offer but he has been over to WSU this spring on an unofficial visit and has met with the Cougar coaches.

"I really liked it," said Van Sickle. "My mom went to WSU, my dad went there. We looked at their facilities, the d-line coach (Joe Salave'a) toured us around...I talked with the running backs coach (Jim Mastro) and special times coach (Eric Russell.)

"I liked how they were up front and told me stuff I need to do… we didn't have an in-depth conversation, it was more of a meet and greet. But it was great."

Whether Van Sickle is a running back at the next level remains to be seen. Idaho and Montana are talking to him about the possibility of running back. He said he has not heard from the other in-state Pac-12 school, the UW. He plans on competing in at least two NIKE camp/combine events in the near future.

"I like running back but I'll play anywhere -- if there's an opportunity to get on the field, I want to get on the field any way I can," he said.

AS A JUNIOR, Van Sickle went video game over a three game stretch as a junior, rushing for 897 yards over that time, including a school record 380 yard performance.

He broke his own school record, the previous week having rushed for 310 hashes in a win that clinched the Narrows League 3A for Capital.

Van Sickle as a junior was named Narrows 3A first-team and Olympian all-area first team. He was also honorable mention Tacoma News Tribune all-area.

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