New kicker to join WSU fray

LET THE CHIPS fall where they may. That seems to be where we're headed in the battle for the starting placekicker at Washington State. The addition of walk on kicker Blake Levin out of Santa Barbara City College added to an already large position group ahead of fall camp.

Blake Levin texted CF.C's Braulio Perez Thursday night that he has accepted a preferred walk on invitation to Washington State.

Levin, who told special teams coach Eric Mele today that he'll suit up for the Cougs this season, had a big year for SBCC in 2014. As a second-year freshman this past season he went 9-of-10 on his field-goal attempts with a long of 48 and was perfect from 45 yards or less.

"I'm up and ready to accept the challenge and compete for the job ASAP," Levin said via text. "And you can't beat the fan base at Wazzu. it was an easy decision for me once Coach (Mele) contacted me. I was set."

The 5-11, 190-pounder still needs for his transcripts to be cleared and won't be camping in Lewiston this weekend. He hopes to arrive at WSU sometime next week.

In addition to Wazzu, Levin said he also had a preferred walk-on invitation from Oregon State, but ultimately decided that he wanted to suit up for the Cougs.

Five other kickers are listed on the WSU roster: Matt Abramo, Quentin Breshears, Mitchell Cox, Zach Charme, Erik Powell and Brett Schafer.

Levin has three years to play three.

But for only being a third-year sophomore, he's well traveled. He signed with Northern State out of high school and spent the 2013 campaign at the NCAA Division II school in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

He then transferred to Wyoming, walking on with the Cowboys in the spring of 2014. The Wyoming native out of Cheyenne High decided he wanted a change and transferred to Santa Barbara for one season. He was previously reported to be walking on at Idaho before ultimately deciding between Oregon State and WSU.

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