Recruiting notes galore

ONE MAY NOT have a whole bunch of stars next to his name in the rating database and the other has escaped the fanfare surrounding most players of his caliber, but two of WSU's most recent verbal commitments, prep DB <b>Eric Frampton</b> and JC receiver <b>Sammy Moore</b>, are as blue chip as you can get. And a third, QB <b>Carl Bonnell</b>, is drawing comparisons to <b>Jason Gesser</b>, except with a stronger arm.

Rest assured, Coug fans, those aren't the ramblings of a hopeful Crimsonite wearing rose-colored glasses. They're the words of wisdcom coming from hyper-objective national analyst Greg Biggins of PacWest Football.

Here's what Biggins had to say about Moore (6-0, 175): "This guy is big time and will play in the NFL if he stays healthy --- I guarantee it." (See feature story on front page of CF.C)

As for Frampton (6-0, 177), Biggins is succinct, "He's a stud."

So why not the hype that surrounds other prep standouts who have what it takes to play either corner or safety? Because Frampton missed all but three games this season due to a broken collarbone.

"If he didn't get hurt, he would have put up big numbers this year. He looked great at the NIKE Camp (last summer)," Biggins explains. Frampton turned down Oregon, San Jose and others to go with the Cougars, but others shied away since he was on the shelf.

BONNELL, FROM the state of Washington's Class 4A champion Kentwood Conquorers, is another Cougar pick up whose stock is likely far greater than the attention he's been getting. While he's widely considered one the nation's top 25 prep signal calling prospects, he's received but a fraction of the attention, for instance, of UW verbal Isaih Stanback. There are three primary reasons for that. First, Bonnell's mechanics improved exponentially between his junior and senior years. Second, he committed to the Cougars early and strongly. And third, he spent the last three seasons in a run-oriented offense.

"I like Bonnell a lot," Biggins says of the state of Washington Class 4A Player of the Year. "He has a good arm and is very athletic. He has great feet and does a real nice job making plays outside of the pocket. Kind of reminds a little of Jason Gesser but with a stronger arm."


* When Frampton declared his Cougar allegiance to Biggins this week he sang a tune familiar to so many of WSU's verbal comitments this recruiting season: The family feel of WSU. "I like the direction Washington State is going in and I'm looking forward to getting out there and competing. I love the family atmosphere there and the players are real close to each other."

* Two JC receivers --- Deonde Alexander (5-11, 175) of Palomar JC and Brett Johnson ( 6-2, 185) of San Jacinto JC --- have each been strongly rumored to be headed to WSU.

* The Cougars are reported by the Spokesman-Review to be close to landing offensive lineman Elliott Vallejo, a 6-8, 290 hoss whom Arizona and Washington have recruited very hard. Vallejo, who has tremendous balance and foot work, visited WSU with his parents two weeks ago. If Vallejo commits, he would likely be the last player taken by the Cougars, the S-R reports.

* Two of the West Coast's prime prep receiving prospects whom the Cougars were high on look to be headed elsewhere. James Finley of Los Angeles is said to be a heavy lean toward Oregon State and Joel Filani of Phoenix says he's headed to Texas Tech.

* Lance Mitchell, the coveted JC linebacker who signed with WSU out of high school two years ago, announced this week that he signing with Florida.

* Muhammad Abdulqaadir, a four-star JC RB prospect, signed with Southern Illinois this week as WSU, Illinois and other major schools backed off because of his knee woes, according to

* Four players from the Cougars' 2001 recruiting class will be enrolling at WSU in January. Delaying enrollment by a semester effectively buys them an extra year of eligibility. These "grayshirts" are QB Josh Swogger of Youngstown, Ohio; DL Jason Holmes of San Diego; OL/DL Charles Harris of Spokane; and tight end Troy Bienemann of Santa Clara, Calif. Bienemann was actually thought to have a shot at playing as a ture freshman this fall but a summer-time shoulder injury spelled grayshirt for him.

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