An unexpected focus for WSU's LOI Day?

HERE AMID what surely stands as the strangest quarterback recruiting cycle in Washington State history, it's only fitting that a guy who figures to be among the most-talked-about future Cougars next week when letters of intent are signed won't himself be signing an LOI.

Bryce Missey, a second-team all-league signal caller from the South Puget Sound, right now looks like the only QB in WSU's new crop of players. But he's coming on board as a walk on. A preferred walk on, but a walk on nonetheless.

In a QB recruiting odyssey for the Cougars that began this cycle with Ian Book (expected to sign with Notre Dame), Cody Brewer (verbally pledged to Sam Houston State) and Quentin Davis (TBD), the road looks to end on the shoulders of a 5-11, 195-pounder from Bethel High in Spanaway.

“I’m ready to go in and compete,” Missey told CF.C.  “I’m ready to go try to push the guys already on the roster and hopefully compete for a job, compete for a role on the team.”

Missey accepted the preferred walk on invite from Washington State in December, with area recruiter and special teams coach Eric Mele running the point. On the field, Missey operates fast, a key component to the Air Raid offense keeping the defense off balance. 

Among his best attributes are that he makes good decisions and has some zip on the ball -- and he throws a very catchable ball.  No, he’s not tall and he needs to continue to develop his footwork in the pocket. But as his tape shows, there’s a lot to like.

“I’m pretty accurate within 20 yards -- and I’m good with my reads and getting the ball out of my hands quick,” said Missey. “I think Washington State is a great fit for me in me being decisive and getting the ball out of my hand  --  letting the playmakers do their thing. I’m more a pocket passer but I think I’m athletic enough to do some damage with my legs and keep the defense honest.”

Mele had an in-home visit earlier this month with Missey.

“Coach Mele said they really like how I manage the game. I’m pretty smart with the football and they said they really like my film and are excited to get see me more, live and in person. And he came in and really talked to my parents, which was great,” said Missey.

Missey had partial scholie offers from NAIA and D-II schools. But WSU wide receiver John Thompson, (also from Bethel High and who emerged this past season at WSU as a fourth-year junior walk on to the tune of 24 receptions for 255 yards) had Missey thinking crimson all the way.

“In the conversations he and I have had, he’s talked about how great Coach Leach is and how different the program is – everybody says ‘family program’ but the people at Washington State, once I (came on board) they treated me like alumni… it’s just so tightly knit at Washington State. That’s what really pushed it for me,” said Missey.

Missey was named second-team all-league as a prep senior in 2015 despite missing four games with a separated shoulder. He threw for 1,740 yards, 24 TDs  and 6 INTs while completing 117 of 194 passes (60.3 percent). As a junior, he threw for 981 yards, 9 TDs and 6 INTs. He has trained with quarterbacking guru Taylor Barton, and is also a letterman in track and an outstanding student.

Caleb Hancock, a 6-5, 275-pound walk on o-linemen by way of PLU, is also a Bethel High product.


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