More linebacking help coming

COUGAR FANS fretting over the team's linebacking depth for 2002 can rest a little easier today, as word from California is that third-team JC All-American 'backer <b>Don Jackson</b> will be signing with WSU this week. Jackson is the second standout JC linebacker that Cougar head man <b>Mike Price</b> has secured in his 2002 recruiting class.

Also today, Greg Biggins at PacWest Football reports that defensive back Eric Frampton (6-0, 185) of Oak Grove High in San Jose has committed verbally to WSU. A tremendous athlete with 4.5 speed, he has great cover skills and projects as a cornerback, though safety could be a distinct possibility as well. He chose WSU over Oregon and San Jose State.

But back to Jackson. He's 6-1, weighs 225 and is said to have great feet and balance. He helped Grossmont (Calif.) College to a 9-1 record this season. He led the team in tackles from his inside linebacker's post, earning California JC All-State honors and JC Gridwire third-team All-America plaudits. He was a unanimous all-Foothill Conference pick as well as Grossmont's defensive player of the year.

Ramon Scott, a regular follower of prep and JC sports in the San Diego area, reported today that Jackson would become a Cougar. All JC signings will be made public on Wednesday.

Jackson grew up in Natchez, Miss., but didn't start playing football until his junior year. As a senior, he posted 29 tackles in one game. He was recruited at the time as a safety by Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State and LSU, but is believed to have fallen short on the SAT so ended up going the JC route instead.

Earlier this month the Cougars landed another standout JC linebacker: Kevin Sperry(6-1, 220) of Los Angeles Harbor College. He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Even more attractive, he's way ahead academically so will have four years to play three Division I-A seasons. He runs sideline-to-sideline very well and hits hard. He set a school record with 17 tackles in one game this season. He turned down USC to cast his lot with WSU.

Jackson is the fourth JC product we're aware of that Price will be bringing to Pullman for the 2002 season. The others are Sperry and running backs Jonathon Smith and Lionel Arnold. Also, look for tight end Eddie Robinson (see story on the CF.C front page), a transfer from Tulane by way of Compton CC, to become a Cougar this week as well.

For a complete bios on WSU's known verbal commitments to date, click on the "Commit List" button in the upper-right-hand corner of the CF.C front page.

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