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WSU aggressively adding preferred walk ons: Here are six that have already accepted Washington State invite

THE ONGOING RECRUITING subplot after Signing Day: preferred walk ons. And the numbers show Washington State is aggressively going after them.

John Bledsoe out of Bend, Ore., is one of six known recruits from the 2017 class who has announced he’s accepted a preferred walk on invite from the Cougs.

Bledsoe, son of CouGreat Drew Bledsoe, completed 193 of 298 passes (65 percent) for 2,667 yards, 26 TDs and 8 INTs as a senior in 2016.

He led his team to the 5A state title in 2015 and back to the quarterfinals in 2016. He was named first-team 5A All-State in 2015 and 2016, and 5A offensive player of the year in 2015.

The others are:
K Ryan Henderson, Everett/Archbishop Murphy. As a senior on state 2A championship team of 2016, he booted field goals of 56, 54 and 50 yards. He was named All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune after hitting 12 of 14 total FG tries and all 59 extra point attempts. He also booted 47 of 78 kickoffs for touchbacks.  He also comes from a long line of star soccer players and is a standout goalkeeper and defender on Archbishop Murphy's powerhouse soccer team – he didn't start playing football until sophomore year.

WR Jonny Neville, Wilsonville, Ore.  Had 50 receptions for 907 yards with 10 TDs his senior season. Lined up outside his senior year at Wilsonville and in the slot his junior year. Neville ranks second in school history in career receiving yards (1,956) and received second-team All-League honors in 2016. Brother of WSU 2017 4-star QB Connor Neville.

OL Brian Greene, Yakima/Eisenhower.  Named the Columbia Basin Big 9 Lineman of the Year, he was also a first team selection on both offense and defense. A big body already at 6-4, 310 pounds.

OL Seth Yost, Coeur d'Alene/Lake City. Named first-team All-Inland Empire League following his senior campaign. Already checks in at 6-7, 320 pounds.

Long Snapper Matthew Allen, Redmond, Ore.  Drew Bledsoe told The Oregonian, "I know what an NFL long snapper looks like. I've never seen one that looks like that in high school before watching that kid."

NOTABLE: DB Ryan Blash out of Lacey's River Ridge High has also received a preferred walk on offer from WSU but has not yet said he's headed to WSU.

WSU has had some highly notable walk ons over the years. You may have heard of a guy named Luke Falk. Three others went on to earn first-team All-American honors: kicker Drew Dunning in 2003, kicker Jason Hanson in 1989 and 1991, and center Geoff Reece in 1974.

WSU's 1998 Rose Bowl team featured five starters whose careers began as walk ons: Cory Withrow, Rian Lindell, Lee Harrison, Todd Nelson and Shawn Tims. Withrow and Lindell went on to long NFL careers.

Don Sweet, Gavin Hedrick, Tim Davey, Kyle Basler, Mawuli Davis, Scott Lunde, Tomasi Kongaika, Mike Shelford, Josh Duin, Brian Danaher and Ken Grandberry are also among the many who began their careers at Washington State as walk ons.

2018 PROSPECTS WITH WSU OFFERS (updated regularly)


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