Ol' Coug Thielbahr dishes on new Coug target

IT'S ONE OF the hardest things to do in recruiting -- to find elite cornerbacks. It gets even harder when you're looking for a physical, long CB at least 6-feet tall and who can really open up his hips and run, says Jeremy Thielbahr, the former Cougar RB/TE, college coach and now the head man at Eastside Catholic. One of his star pupils fitting that criteria has been offered by Washington State.

Sammamish's Markell Sanders (6-0 ½ , 185) was offered on Monday, his birthday, by the Cougs. Assistants Eric Russell and Jeff Choate are running the recruiting point for Wazzu.

"I recruited at the college level a long time, for 13 years… and when I first got here to Eastside Catholic I noticed Markell immediately," Thiebahr, also an Assistant A.D. at Eastside Catholic, told CF.C. "It is hard to find a 6-foot or taller, long corner who can still open up his hips and run -- and will stick you with his facemask and hit you the way Markel can."

Sanders was over at Idaho's junior day recently and also stopped in at Washington State.

"I know he's very excited about the Cougs," said Thielbahr.

THIELBAHR SAID that despite the fact Mike Leach arrived in Pullman less than five months ago, he has already forged a solid relationship with Leach and his staff. That, and Sanders' tape and unofficial to WSU, helped trigger the crimson offer.

"I think Markel would be a great fit for the Cougs and I really like how Coach Leach and his staff are handling things," said Thielbahr.

THIELBAHR SAID in addition to Sanders' Washington State and Idaho offers, Boise State, UW, Oregon State and "a bunch of schools are in on him."

Thielbahr said Sanders plans on hitting some camps this summer, though he said Sanders probably won't stretch out his decision beyond the summer's end.

"This kid has great grades, he scored well on the SAT and he's a good kid, he's a really great person. He'd be a great get," said Thielbahr.

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