Preferred walk on eyes WSU return game

WASHINGTON STATE on Sunday picked up a preferred walk on in wide receiver Kaleb Fossum out Lake Forest High, Calif. When the Cougars’ fall camp rolls around in August, the do-everything player out of El Toro High figures to get a long look on special teams.

Kaleb Fossum (5-11, 185, 4.5) was the South Coast League MVP this past season after racking up 2,082 all-purpose yards. A big chunk of those hashes, 1,032 to be precise, came on returns. Washington State ranked ninth and 11th in punt and kickoff returns, respectively, in the Pac-12 last season.

Fossum, who played WR, PR, KR, QB, RB and FS as a senior, said he and WSU special teams coordinator Eric Mele have “talked a lot” about the Cougs’ special teams.

“I’ve done a lot of research on Washington State and in talking to Coach Mele, I felt the connection with him right away,” said Fossum. “He said he expects me to come in and compete right away on (returns) and I think it’s a great fit for me with the schemes he’s put together.”

Fossum has also talked with Cougar baseball coach Donnie Marbut and says he also plans to walk on to the Cougar baseball team as a left-handed pitcher. In winter baseball, Fossum has thrown 18 innings, struck out 13, allowed 10 hits and five walks. He has a 0.00 ERA.

Fossum said he hopes to come up to Washington State for an unofficial visit sometime in May when his baseball schedule allows.

He said grew up watching the Pac-10/12 and chose Washington State over preferred walk on opportunities in football and/or baseball at San Jose State, Nevada-Reno, Miami of Ohio and others, as well as partial scholarship offers at Monmouth and Dixie State.

“Everything I’ve seen, the offense was just on fire - I just liked everything about Washington State,” said Fossum. “I just saw a bright future at Washington State and I want to contribute in any way I can.”

In addition the league MVP, Fossum was also named first team All-CIF and All-Orange County.

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 Fossum, known Cougar walk ons include:

QB Christian Jorgensen (6-3, 192); Bellingham, Squalicum High
OL Drew Norvell (6-4, 270); Bellingham, Sehome High
ATH Andrew Hecker (6-1, 185); Poulsbo, North Kitsap High
ATH Julius Yates-Brown (6-0, 190): Tacoma, Wilson High

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