2014 QB is student of Leach, eyes WSU JR. day

HE WAS BARELY a teenager five years ago but he still remembers well the days when Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell would let the pigskin fly all over the gridiron. He also idolized Mike Leach. And when an invitation came in the mail to attend Washington State's junior day event on Feb. 16, this Class of 2014 junior quarterback was left speechless.

Bear Fenimore out of Austin, Texas, has been hearing from the Cougs since Sept. 1, the first day college coaches could send letters to junior-class prospects.

The mail from Leach and the Washington State staff was consistent throughout the fall and recently Fenimore got the invite to the Palouse for a trip next month.

"It was very exciting for me when I got that letter to go to their camp," Fenimore said. "Mike Leach is a great coach and I know WSU is a very QB-happy school. Anytime a college shows interest in you, it's great, but to get a junior day invite from a coach like Leach was very exciting."

Fenimore is hopeful he can make the trip up to Pullman and said he and his family are working out some of the details this week.

"I'm talking about it with my parents and we're coordinating everything," Fenimore said. "We're interested in making the trip, but it just depends if my dad can make it. He normally travels a lot because of work and I really want him to make the trip with my mom and I."

Fenimore is no stranger to the recruiting scene. He has countless teams getting on him early, including Alabama, Cal, Boise State, Tulsa, SMU and dozens of others. He even tripped to Oklahoma State last weekend for the Cowboys' junior day.

Although he doesn't yet have any offers, he said he feels that several schools are close to pulling the trigger.

The 6-2, 215-pound QB completed 181-of-305 passes for 1,686 yards with eight touchdowns against five interceptions at Westwood High. He also ran for 166 yards on 59 carries with two scores.

"I'm a field general out there," Fenimore said. "I'm a good leader and I know how to rally our guys. I'm also smart with the ball. I can make any throw that is necessary to win a game an I can keep an offense moving. I can run a little bit too, but passing is definitely my strong suit."

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