Walk on QB from D.C. to join Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE IS going to the "other" Washington to add to its list of preferred walk ons. A quarterback from the nation's capital, after an eye-opening unofficial visit to the Palouse this past month, tells CF.C he will be enrolling in summer classes at Washington State and joining the Cougar football program in mid-June.

Gonzaga College High quarterback Connor Ennis (6-1, 170) was all set to be a Miami Hurricane. He was recruited to Coral Gables as a preferred walk-on and had developed a strong bond with their coaching staff.

Then along came Washington State.

The Cougs asked he and his family to take a trip to Pullman in early April for a visit. The rest was history -- Ennis saw all he needed to see.

"We were up there for four days and the coaches did a great job of showing us around the campus and facilities," Ennis said. "I got to meet with Coach Leach and sat in on a two-hour film session. I just fell in love with WSU and the excitement around the program. The opportunity to be able to play for Coach Leach and Coach (David) Yost was too good to pass up.

"They said they want to bring in...quarterbacks to compete with Halliday, Apodaca and Brown. I'll report on June 18 and they said it will be an open competition and the best players will play."

AS A SENIOR this season, the Washington D.C. product was 53-of-88 for 681 yards and six touchdowns.

"My film was sent to Coach Leach and once he reviewed it, he said he felt my skill set fit their offensive system and that I'm really accurate and can really spin it."

WSU and Miami weren't the only two schools that were recruiting Ennis. In addition, Maryland and Eastern Carolina had preferred walk-on offers on the table and Ennis was receiving plenty of interest from Division-II schools for scholarship opportunities.

"I always want to play Division-I ball," Ennis said. "I could have accepted scholarship at either the D-II or D-IAA levels, but I want to compete at the highest level. I am excited to help the Cougs win Rose Bowls and win national championships. They want to change the culture and bring guys in who will work hard and compete and I'm ready."

ENNIS WILL JOIN Domenic Rockey of Auburn Mountain View and Luke Falk (Logan, Utah) as preferred QB walk ons this summer at Wazzu. Falk, originally a Cornell commit, checks in at 6-4, 210-pounds and passed for 3,618 yards and 36 touchdowns his senior season. Rockey was 147-of-247 (61.4 percent) for 1,454 yards, with six TDs against eight interceptions in 2012.

Incoming ATH Isaac Dotson out of Newport High could line up at linebacker, safety or wide receiver – and will also get a look at QB.

Four-star Brophy Prep quarterback Tyler Bruggman is also set to arrive to Pullman this summer, giving the Cougs as many as eight quarterbacks on the roster for this coming season -- but only three of those being scholarship players, four if you count Dotson.

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