Long snapper prospect visits WSU this weekend

WSU ASSISTANT COACH Eric Russell has been a man on a mission since his arrival at WSU to improve the special teams units. This weekend, Russell and the Cougars will host a long snapper prospect who is no stranger to the Palouse. And he tells CF.C it's been a dream of his since he was a kid to don the crimson and gray.

Spokane's Jerred Sonneborn remembers the days growing up watching the Cougs play. He says he's bled crimson since he was in grade school. Now, the opportunity to suit up for Leach and the WSU faithful has presented itself.

Sonneborn said he'll enter the trip with a preferred walk-on offer from the Cougs.

"I'm really excited about the trip," Sonneborn said. "I've taken unofficials to WSU before, but never a trip like this. On those other trips, you shake hands and meet with the coaches for only a few minutes, but I'm looking forward to this weekend and having a chance to talk with them about the future of the program.

"I've been a fan of Washington State since I was a kid. Growing up, it's always been a dream of mine to become a Coug. I've always loved Washington State."

At 6-2, 270-pounds, he lined up on the offensive line for the Gonzaga Prep this season, but Sonneborn said the Cougars are looking at him strictly on special teams. Sonneborn has spent this recruiting cycle speaking mostly with Eric Russell and he said the two have become extremely close.

"I've heard he's one of the top special teams coaches in the nation," Sonneborn said. "I talk to him all the time and we've got a pretty good relationship. He's easy to talk to and his sense of humor reminds me of my grandpa and my dad. He's a great guy and he seems like a man of his word."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, he said he is also receiving plenty of interest from Idaho (walk on), Weber State and Carroll College. Weber State appears to be the biggest competition -- they've offered a tuition scholarship and Sonneborn took an official visit there last weekend. Weber State head coach and former WSU cornerbacks coach Jody Sears has been making some strong pitches.

"I liked the family vibe they had out there," Sonneborn said. "They have a lot of amped up coaches that are excited about the future. Coach Sears has been talking with me and he said they're looking good. They've cleaned up the program a little bit and have players out there with good character."

Sonneborn added that he is going to make his final decision shortly after his official visit to Pullman this weekend.

"I wouldn't say I have a leader right now," Sonneborn said. "This is a big decision for me and it's something I have to think about, which is why I'm taking this trip to Washington State this weekend. I visited Weber State last weekend, so now I'm going to see how my visit to WSU goes and make a decision after that."

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