BREAKING NEWS: Familiar face will enroll in Jan.

COUGFAN.COM HAS learned that one of the holdovers from the 2004 recruiting class has met academic admission standards and will be enrolling at Washington State in January.

Wide receiver Benny Ward has qualified, will enroll at WSU after the first of the year and suit up for the Cougs this spring.

A big target possessing tremendous upside, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Van Nuys, Calif., has excellent speed and carries with him an extra gear.

That extra gear was apparent during the Pierce County Cougar Club's annual head coach's dinner this past spring. The Birmingham High star took a 96-yard kickoff return to the house, leaving the crimson faithful in attendance ooing and ahhing.

Ward was a big play threat for the Patriots his senior year, with better than one of three catches going to the house. On the 2003 season, he caught 27 passes for 642 yards and 10 TDs.

With his formidable wheels, he also shined at outside linebacker.

Ward becomes the tenth known verbal commit for Washington State.

WITH THE ADDITION of Ward, Washington State looks to have some of their best depth in years at the wide receiver position. The Cougars return virtually every WR from the 2004 campaign -- including starters Jason Hill, Chris Jordan and Michael Bumpus. (Wide receiver Jevon Miller, primarily a special teams performer is not expected to return with a congenital wrist condition.)

The Cougs hope to get three other members of their '04 class in uniform for the 2005 season. They are Michael Willis, Tyson Kirksey and JC transfer Letrell Myers.

With uncertain depth at safety, the much touted Willis could make an immediate impact for the Cougs this coming year.



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