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Two intriguing WSU preferred walk ons

TWO NORTHWEST PREPSTERS with high ceilings have accepted preferred walk on invitations to Washington State, prep sources tell CF.C. Why is that important? For starters, the importance of Mike Leach’s walk on program was reinforced, underlined and put in boldened all caps in Saturday’s win over ASU, a victory that made the Cougs bowl eligible.

Let’s get to the new guys first: Tacoma LB Erik Glueck (6-2, 220) out of Bellarmine Prep and S/LB Jakob Eisenbeiss (pictured above during an unofficial summer visit to WSU) out of Sherwood, Ore., have accepted preferred walk on invites from WSU, two independent prep scources tell CF.C. Washington State assistant coach Eric Mele is the area recruiter on both.

CouGreat and CF.C contributor Alex Brink is wired in on the Oregon prep scene so we asked him about Eisenbeiss. It turns out Brink knows Eisenbeiss very well, and he was part of Brink’s 7v7 all-star team that competed in Las Vegas earlier this year.

“He’s a phenomenal kid and a really good athlete,” said Brink. “What sets him apart in my mind is he already has a college mindset,  and by that I mean in how he approaches the game and the work he puts in. From that standpoint, he’s already a college guy still playing high school football.”

Brink says Eisenbeiss’ best days are also most definitely ahead of him.

“He’s a late bloomer,” said Brink. “He’s always been a really hard worker. He’s a safety, linebacker and running back at Sherwood (High), which operates out of the wing-t on offense. I think he’s going to be a great pickup for Washington State because he’s going to battle.”

Complete stats were unavailable for Eisenbeiss but through seven games he had 21 tackles on the season (9 solo) with a fumble recovery. On offense, he had rushed for 327 hashes on 40 carries (8.2 ypc) with three TDs. Sherwood is 10-0 on the season and play Tigard High in the second round OSAA State Playoffs on Friday.

He is an exceptional student with a 3.97 GPA according to his bio page on ncsasports.org.

MEANWHILE, GLUECK is ranked three stars by Scout.com and  checks in at 6-3, 220 pounds. He's ranked the No. 58 inside linebacker in the land and No. 2 in the state of Washington. He took an unofficial visit to WSU when the Cougs played Stanford last month. 

Scout.com shows Glueck as having offers from Columbia, Cornell and Ohio.  However,  a note about the Ivy League – they don’t offer athletic scholies. So if Glueck has rides from Columbia and Cornell, they would be academic scholarships. It was unclear at press time if that was the case but if so, it’s a given that he too, like Eisenbeiss, is an exceptional student.

The two former WSU walk ons who earned scholarships and starting jobs referred to up top in the article are of course OL Gunnar Eklund and Nickel Parker Henry. Both have been instrumental all season and in the win over ASU this past Saturday, Eklund slid over to left tackle with Joe Dahl out and took charge both on the field and on the sideline.

All Henry did vs. ASU was post a game-high 14 tackles (9 solo) including a sack. Despite starting only six of nine games this season (Isaac Dotson has the other three starts at nickel) Henry is fourth on the team in tackles with 58.


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