Big-time blazer going crimson

ONE OF THE hottest prep recruits in the nation in 2000 looks to be the fastest plum <b>Mike Price</b> has picked off the junior college recruiting tree for 2002. Speed-burning receiver/kick return man <b>Sammy Moore</b> --- a huge talent who figures to contribute immediately --- is headed to Pullman.

Moore (6-0, 175) just may be the marquee pick up of WSU's already-notable incoming class of recruits. He's a speed merchant who's a threat to breakaway every time he touches the ball.

With 4.4 speed and soft hands, Moore came out of Westwood High in Mesa, Ariz., in Y2K as a consensus top 100 national prospect. A three-year starter, all-state pick and honorable mention USA Today All-American, he was recruited by virtually every major college and settled on hometown Arizona State over Nebraska and Washington. But then academic hurdles stepped in an headed to the JC ranks.

In two years at Bakersfield JC, Moore caught 47 passes for 876 yards and 11 TDs. And this season alone he returned 29 punt returns and 10 kickoffs for a collective 540 yards and two TDs.

He capped his JC career last month with MVP honors in Bakersfield's Potato Bowl victory over Antelope Valley. Moore had four catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns as well as a 43-yard punt return.

In addition to football, Moore was a track star in high school. He excelled in the long jump (24'4"), high jump (6-8) and 100 (10.4 seconds) meters.

In his junior and senior prep seasons he caught a collective 79 passes for 1,360 yards. He also returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns and had two TDs on reverses and two more on interception returns.

IN OTHER COUGAR recruiting news, the Seattle Times reports that another in-state athlete is headed to Pullman. It's Aaron Ware (6-5, 230), an all-South Sound League defensive end at Timberline High outside Olympia in Lacey. He Posted 105 tackles (40 solo) in 2001 and also played OL. Very agile, he's also a starter on the basketball team.

FOR A COMPLETE list of '02 Cougar pick ups and their bios, click on the "Commit List" in the upper-right corner of this page.

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