Nine WSU coaches to attend NW Elite camp

WASHINGTON STATE SENT four coaches to the NW Elite Football Camp last year and it proved valuable -- Isaac Dotson and Cody O'Connell, co-MVPs at their positions, both signed with the Cougars. This year, WSU is more than doubling their coaching outlay and sending nine assistant coaches to the event, says camp director and former Coug QB Cole Morgan.

The fifth annual NW Elite Football Camp will be held June 7 at Mercer Island High.

"It gives prospects the chance to go from drill to drill with the position coaches from the schools they are looking at. It allows them to interact and learn directly from coaches throughout the country – plus we're centrally located so more prospects can more easily attend," said Cole Morgan.

At last check, there were nearly 300 prospects who had already signed up, including Drew Lewis out of Eastlake, Isaiah Brandt-Sims and Jakob Stoll from Wenatchee, Jack Flor (brother of Sam) from O'Dea, Chase Blakely from Coeur D'Alene, E'Lon Mack out of Vancouver, Mason Johnson from Kentlake and Brett Rypien (2015) from Shadle Park.

"The camp offers instruction for every position group. College coaches from around the West and beyond, running the gamut from Division I to III, run the drills and work directly with the athletes. And this year nine assistant coaches from Washington State will be there," said Morgan.

AT LAST YEAR'S camp eight of the nine position MVPs at last year's camp wound up accepting scholarship offers from schools who had coaches on hand for the camp.

"We are not a recruiting service so we have no bias towards kids," said Morgan. "The coaches coach our camp. And this year we'll have more schools represented than we ever have."

In addition to the Washington State contingent, coaches from five other Pac-12 schools will be there -- Arizona State, Oregon State, UW, UCLA and Colorado, plus coaches from Boise State, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Portland State, Eastern Washington, Central Washington, Princeton and more, said Morgan.

Morgan, who spent four years as a WSU quarterback and then led Central Washington to a 12-1 record and national semifinals appearance in 2009, said he expects a surge in new signups over the final few weeks.

"It's some of the absolute best instruction available and it's extremely well priced," said Morgan.

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