WSU giving Spokane's Jack Bamis a look

JACK BAMIS is a productive running back at Gonzaga Prep but he's not likely to play that position at the next level, Gonzaga Prep head man David McKenna told Cougfan.com in a rundown on the 6-2, 210-pound senior and the interest being shown by Washington State.

Bamis is hearing most from Eastern Washington, Boise State, Montana and Montana State, but Washington State and Washington have checked in as well, according to McKenna. No school has offered yet. Bamis has taken unofficial visits to a few schools, but McKenna said he did not know which ones for sure.

McKenna said Bamis is a "freak athlete" with all the physical tools to play at the next level, including exceptional strength. As one of the top athletes at G-Prep, McKenna said, Bamis will likely transition in college to defensive end -- or somewhere else where he can rush the passer.

McKenna said the Bullpups plan to use Bamis as a pass rusher at some point this season. Since coming to Gonzaga Prep for his sophomore year, G-Prep has primarily needed him at running back.

As Bamis has logged more games this season, McKenna said that he has improved more on where he needs to most -- on the mental side. Bamis already has all the physical tools, McKenna said, but learning more about the nuances of football is where he's grown leaps and bounds. To illustrate, McKenna pointed to Bamis' 23-2 long jump which puts him in the state's top 10. He also features a 36-inch vertical.

Meanwhile, Bamis has flourished in the triple option system that Gonzaga Prep runs. In the first three games this season, Bamis has rushed for about 500 yards, McKenna said, including almost 200 in the first game of the year. Last season, he rushed for around 1,200 hashes.

WSU signed two true freshman defensive end-types this past class in Kingston Fernandez and Hercules Mata’afa, but the Cougs have a number of upperclassmen at the linebacker spot which makes it a position of need for 2015. Indeed, CF.C is projecting the Cougs to possibly take four linebackers this class. That could be where Bamis would fit most at WSU -- if he can turn WSU's head enough over the course of this season to make it a mutual attraction.


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