QB walking on at WSU in search of 'master's'

BELLINGHAM QB Christian Jorgensen (6-3, 192) out of Squalicum High is eschewing offers from Eastern Washington and D-II schools to walk on at Washington State later this summer. A conversation with Cougar QB Luke Falk is one of the big reasons why. He's one of a growing number of preferred walk ons coming onto the radar with Signing Day in the books.

In Jorgensen's discussions with Mike Leach and WSU assistants Eric Mele and Graham Harrell, the idea that "the best players are going to play" came up often. It struck a chord.

"History has really shown that's true with Luke Falk. I got the chance to speak with Luke on the phone and he encouraged me. He has a story similar to mine (walking on). His story really rang true to me, it made me want to go there," said Jorgensen.

Jorgensen's tape indicates a quick release and accuracy, with the latter being one of the chief attributes Leach looks for.

"I'm looking forward to getting my master's in the Air Raid offense," said Jorgensen. "Not to be cocky or toot my own horn but I think I have quick feet and that's something they liked about me. But I think one of the biggest things was decision-making. I consider myself to be good with and continue to work hard at."

Jorgensen didn't become a starting quarterback until his senior year at Squalicum so he didn't have junior tape to show schools. But he made the most of his chance in 2014, completing 164 of 269 passes for 2,851 yards (61 percent) with 33 TDs against eight interceptions in 10 games. He was named unanimous first-team 2A/3A All-Northwest Conference and second-team 2A Associated Press all-state.

"It came down to the opportunity they're going to give me at Washington State and that by going there, I'm betting on myself," said Jorgensen. "Coach Leach spoke about how every season they go in not having a starter, meaning the competition is open."

Jorgensen might be a new name for fans of Cougar recruiting but he's visited WSU several times unofficially the past two years. He went to a Cougs' one-day camp event before his junior season, and again before his senior season. He also took unofficial visits to WSU for games in both 2013 and 2014. He met Mele during those Pullman visits and after Mele became an assistant coach midway through this past season, began staying in more frequent touch through social media.

"They liked my film this year and everything just worked out," said Jorgensen, who said he plans to arrive to Washington State the last week in June.

THE PROCESS OF adding preferred walk ons typically runs all the way through July, right up to the start of fall camp. In addition to Jorgensen, the known walk ons coming to WSU for 2015 include these three in-staters:

OL Drew Norvell (6-4, 270)
Played center and defensive tackle at Bellingham's Sehome High. Good feet, big motor, physical. First-team all-league OL in 2014 and second-team Associated Press Class 2A All-State. Squats 400, benches 275. His dad, Bob, is Sehome’s head coach and a former Washington State lineman. He chose the Cougars over walk-on invites from Cal and UW and partial scholarship offers from Montana and Central Washington.

ATH Andrew Hecker (6-1, 185)
An all-purpose standout at North Kitsap High, playing receiver, safety, kicker and punter. He earned Associated Press Class 2A All-State honors at two positions in 2014 as a first-team selection at placekicker and second-team pick at defensive back. Earned first-team all-league honors at both defensive back and kicker in 2013 and 2014.

ATH Julius Yates-Brown (6-0, 190)
Will come to WSU out of Tacoma's Wilson High and most likely to line up at safety or slot receiver. Collected 56 tackles and five interceptions on defense his senior year while as quarterback accounted for 4,332 total offensive yards. As a prep junior he collected 1,800 all-purpose yards and scored 30 total touchdowns en route to second-team 3A All-Narrows honors. He has a 34-inch vertical, squats 320, benches 260.

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