Cougs like Bellevue playmaker, are first to offer

<b>HE MAILED HIS tapes out not long ago and at least one school came away impressed. Mere days after Keith Rosenberg sent out footage to all the Pac-10 schools, the gamebreaker from Washington's most dominant prep football program received his first scholarship offer from across the state.

Washington State is the first school to show Rosenberg the love, though many more are sure to follow. A 6-0, 180-pound safety and running back, he projects as college a wide receiver or defensive back.

"That was the first school I sent my tape out to, so I guess they liked it," said Rosenberg of WSU. "I sent it out to them about a week and a half ago."

Truth be told, odds are good that the Cougars have seen a ton of Rosenberg before. He was, after all, a teammate of standout running back J.R. Hasty.

Rosenberg will head to Pullman to attend WSU's junior day on April 16, taking in the Crimson and Gray game that annually caps the spring sessions. He was at the UW this past weekend for the Huskies' junior day and also may attend UCLA's if his schedule allows.

Besides the Cougs, Dawgs and Bruins, Rosenberg is hearing most from Oregon and Notre Dame and hopes to hear from Michigan and the rest of the Pac-10 as well. He said he's looking forward to going through the recruiting process and does not have a leader at this time.

In choosing a school, the coaching staff will be high on his list of criteria, as well as the academics.

His prep secondary coach at Bellevue is former Cougar and NFL player James Hasty. Rosenberg said he would enjoy being under the tutelage of someone just like him at the next level.

"He's pretty strict and I like that aspect," laughed Rosenberg. "He wants perfection, which is good."

With J.R. Hasty in the Wolverines' backfield last year, Rosenberg didn't have nearly the amount of touches he's likely to see this year. Still, he made the most of his opportunities -- rushing for 1,227 yards on but 58 carries. That's a 21.2 yard average.

In the 3A title game win over Ferndale, he carried the ball 11 times for 189 yards and 3 TDs, scoring on runs of 51, 54 and 36 yards.

Bellevue isn't exactly known as a passing team but Rosenberg has a very good set of hands coming out of the backfield. The leading receiver on the Wolverines, he caught 4 balls for 127 yards and 3 scores in '04.

He has been diligently hitting the weight room since December. His main focus is improving his speed and forty time, currently at a 4.5.

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