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RB Lionel Arnold
(6-1, 210), Contra Costa (CA) Junior College
He rushed for 1,251 regular-season yards (5 yards per carry) and 14 TDs in 2001. In 2000 he had similar numbers: 1,521 yards and 15 TDs. Not so rushed was his letter of intent, faxed in late on Signing Day after Cougfan.com editors had called it quits to go celebrate the Cougs 2002 haul.
QB Carl Bonnell
(6-3, 190), Kentlake High ( Kent, WA)
A dual-threat signal caller, he started 42 games in his prep career at perennial state power Kentwood and won 38 of them, including this season's Class 4A state title. He amassed more than 4,300 air yards and 43 TD passes in his three-year career. Turned heads at WSU's football camp over the summer and then proceeded to guide Kentwood to a 13-1 record this season, passing for some 1,800 yards and 22 TDs with only three interceptions and rushing for nearly 500 yards and 10 TDs. His fleet feet turned a broken play in the state playoffs into a 61-yard TD run. Brother Raymond is a walk-on linebacker at WSU. Named South Puget Sound League/North's offensive player of the year and first-team all-classes All-State by the Seattle Times. Also an all-league punter. Widely rated a national top 25 prospect at QB. Likened to Jason Gesser, but with a stronger arm coming out of high school. Associated Press named Bonnell the state's Class 4A Player of the year for 2001
TE Cody Boyd
(6-8, 220), Ferndale, WA
Considered a top 20 TE prospect nationally, he was a Class 4A all-state pick by the AP and an all-classes all-state choice by the Seattle Times. He has the frame and athleticism to develop into a big-time player but needs to bulk up. Also a standout in hoops, he plans to suit up for Paul Graham as well -- an opportunity that helped sell him on WSU over his other leading suitor, Oregon.
DE/TE Adam Braidwood (6-7,
255), Delta, BC
"Hard worker who has a bit of nasty in him and will be a solid rush end for the Cougars," says Greg Biggins of PacWest Recruiting. He was the standout DE of the Oregon Nike camp. Considered the fifth-best DE in the West. Runs the 40 in 4.8
DE/TE Mkristo Bruce
(6-6, 210), Liberty High (Issaquah, WA)
An all-King County 3A linebacker and second-team quarterback this season, he has tremendous athleticism and the frame to grow. He is projected as a tight end or defensive end at WSU.
RB/LB Scott Davis
(5-11, 210) Kamiakin High (Kennewick, WA)
Earned first-team all-state recognition three times and has twice been named co-MVP of the Big Nine conference. He projects as a linebacker for the Cougars. In three varsity prep seasons he posted 249 tackles, 26 sacks, seven interceptions and caused 28 fumbles. Still, he could get a serious look at running back at WSU. He gained 4,457 ground yards (6 yards per carry) and scored 61 touchdowns in his three-year prep career. Current Cougar starting linebacker Al Genatone also is a product of Kamiakin.
RB/DB Steve Dildine
(6-2, 205), Bethel High (Spanaway,
Hadn't played organized football since eighth grade but nonetheless took the South Puget Sound League by storm in 2001, scoring a state record 44 TDs and rushing for nearly 2,300 yards. He is only the 27th player in state history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. Runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. Led Bethel to a 12-1 record, losing only to Bonnell's Kentwood club in playoff semifinals. In the quarter-finals against South Kitsap he rushed for 217 yards and three TDs and passed for another score. Named South Puget Sound League/South's offensive player of the year and first-team all-classes All-State by the Seattle Times.
DB Eric Frampton
(6-0, 185 pound), Oak Grove High (San Jose, CA)
A tremendous athlete with 4.5 speed, he has great cover skills and projects asa cornerback, though safety could be a distinct possibility as well. Back in September he was widely thought to be on the verge of having his pick among the West's top schools, but a broken collarbone in Week 3 cooled interest. WSU, Oregon and San Jose State stuck with him, though. He said he loved "the family atmosphere" of WSU so canceled his official trip to Eugene in order to verbal with the Cougs.
WR Robert Franklin (6-3,
200 ), Gainesville, TX
Like Sammy Moore, has 4.4 speed and stars in track. His long jumping ability is reportedly Olympic caliber, according to the Spokesman-Review. Despite limited football experience, he had offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M and others.
RB Jermaine Green
(6-1, 220), Butler (Kansas) CC
Rated a five-star prospect by national analyst Bobby Burton, he racked up more than 1,000 yards this season and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. A year ago he missed half the season with a sprained knee, but still accounted for 646 yards (108 per game) and 3 TDs despite splitting time with All-American Ronald McClendon. Widely considered one of the nation's top 20 JC prospects — at any position. He chose WSU over Purdue, Kansas, Oklahoma State and West Virginia, and is expected to enroll at WSU in January. A speed burner, — he runs the 40 in 4.5 flat — and captured first in both the 100 meters (10.62 seconds) and 200 meters (21.72 seconds) last spring in the Missouri Southern JC track championships. He was highly coveted by Virgina Tech coming out of Spruce Creek High in Daytona, Fla., where he was the centerpiece of an offense that guided Creek to its first district title in school history; he led the conference in rushing with 1,665 yards on 226 carries and 25 TDs. Was first-team Class 5A All-State. Had 10 100-yard games.
LB Brian Hall (6-3, 215), DeSales High (Walla
Could be the next in the long line of Mike Price recruits from small schools who excel in Pullman. He was a four-year starter at perennial Class B-11 powerhouse DeSales and earned first-team all-league recognition three times. Irish won state titles in two of his four seasons. A two-way star at linebacker and fullback, he led the Irish to 11-1 record this season, losing only to Willapa Valley in state title game. Rumbled for 1,550 yards and 21 TDs on the season. He also caught 25 passes for 510 yards and six TDs.
OL Spencer Hollison
(6-6, 265), San Margarita (CA) Catholic High
Considered one of the nation's top 75 OL prep prospects. Runs the 40 in a swift 4.93 seconds. Was widely thought to be headed to Colorado after a capping a long courtship by the Buffs with an official trip that was said to have gone swimmingly. But, like so many crimson verbals this fall, Hollison said Pullman and WSU were just too good a fit to pass up. His prep coach said the Cougars "came on strong" and the coaches were "impressive" in their efforts.
TE/SE Odell Howard (
6-4, 235), Pomona (CA)
De-committed from UNLV after a full-court press from WSU during his official visit to Pullman. Passed for more than 1,000 yards this past season and threw or rushed for a combined 20 TDs en route to earning league and region player of the year honors. Told Greg Biggins of PacWest Recruiting that WSU wants to try him at TE and slotback. "They want to put the ball in my hands and see what I can do which is great by me and because I wanted to play offense," Howard said..
LB Don Jackson
( 6-1, 225), Grossmont (CA) CC
Helped lead Grossmont to a 9-1 record in 2001. Led team in tackles from his inside linebacker's post. Earned California JC All-State honors and JC Gridwire third-team All-America plaudits. He was a unanimous all-Foothills Conference pick as well as Grossmont's defensive player of the year. 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.
WR/DB/P Chris Jordan (6-1, 185), Kentlake
High (Kent, WA)
Named first-team All-State at DB and first-team all-South Puget Sound League/North at both wide receiver and defensive back. The Seattle Times named him the loop's 2001 defensive back of the year. A gifted athlete who seems to do it all on both the gridiron and hardwood, he has 4.51 speed in the 40. Projects as a DB and return man at WSU. Caught 30 passes this season for 529 yards and three TDs. Averaged 17.6 yards per catch. Also averaged 38.8 yards per boot as a punter and kicked 25 PATs and nailed two field goals.
WR Flamingo Malone (6-5,
200 ), Banning High (Los Angeles, CA)
A three-time California all-state pick, Malone is a standout receiver and all-state DB who also knocked a few heads from the defensive end position.
C Nick Mihlhauser
(6-4, 268), Arroyo Grande (CA) High
Was voted lineman of the year in the Northern League, a conference of schools located near the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He projects as a center in college after playing tackle as a junior and center and guard this season.
WR Sammy Moore
(6-0, 175), Bakersfield JC
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.
LB/DE Matt Mullenix
(6-3, 235), Liberty High ( Spangle,
A three-year starter at the Class 1A school at both linebacker and fullback. Earned All-Northwest A League honors both ways this season, averaging 15 tackles per game (139 for the season). The son of early-70s starting WSU linebacker Scott Mullenix, the youngster impressed at Mike Price's football camp last summer with his lateral movement, work ethic and ability to fight through blockers. Projects as a defensive end. Runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. Maintains a 3.9 GPA. His prep coach, Rod Fletcher, says his athleticism ranks up there with the finest ever to come out of Liberty, including former WSU starters Vince and Chris Leighton and former UW starters Dave and Dean Browning.
OL Billy Petrick
(6-5, 220), Morris (IL) High
A long-snapping phenom who gets the ball to the punter as fast as some NFL centers. He first came to the attention of WSU because of his arm -- he throws a 92 mph fast ball. Was a first-team all-league and second-team all-area OT this past season for grid team that finished 13-1, losing in the State title game.
RB/DB Wes Rainwater (5-11, 180), Kentridge High
Racked up 1,224 all-purpose yards and eight TDs in 2001. In a first-round game he scored two touchdowns before the game was 6 minutes old -- one via a 22-yard run and another on a 71-yard punt return. He was one of the top DBs at Price's football camp in Pullman last summer. Earned first-team all-South Puget Sound League/North recognition at running back as well as special teams player of the year plaudits for his punt and kickoff returns.
TE Eddie Robinson (6-3, 240), Compton (CA) CC
Played as a true freshman at Tulane in 2000, primarily as a blocker. Spent the past year at Compton CC. Plans to enroll at WSU in August. In 1999 at Venice (Calif.) High he earned all-state recognition, catching 20 passes for nearly 500 yards and 12 TDs. He also played end on defense as a junior, posting 53 tackles. Super Prep Magazine rated him one of the top recruits in the Far West for the 2000 recruiting class. He had narrowed his list of suitors that season to Tulane, Virginia, Kansas State, Arizona State and Oregon. He verballed with both Tulane and Virginia before finally signing with the Green Wave.
RB Jonathon Smith
(5-9, 185), Pasadena (CA) City College
"He's a big timer. He is a great back who will make an immediate impact in the Pac-10," says Pasadena associate head coach Tom Snyder. "More than anything, though, he's a great person a humble young man, a dedicated father to his 2-year-old son and a class-act on the field." Smith's credentials are eye popping. Playing in the toughest JC conference in the nation, he ran for more than 2,000 yards this season to lead the nation and caught 46 passes for another 553 hashes. He set a league record for TDs (31), a national JC record for single-game all-purpose yards (515) and a state JC record for most all-purposes yards in one season (2,863). One analyst at JCFootball.com likened his combination of agility, hands and power to former UCLA and Dolphins star Karim Abdul-Jabbar. Smith runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. In the classroom, he's on track to get his AA degree in the spring, so will start workouts with WSU in August rather April. Snyder said academics are no issue with Smith. Smith earned first-team honors on at least one JC All-American team and was named the Mission Conference player of the year.
LB Kevin Sperry
(6-1, 220) Los Angeles Harbor College
The Cougars wanted this guy from the get-go to fill an immediate need at linebacker. 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.
TE Jesse Taylor
(6-4, 238), Chaminade Prep (West Hills, CA)
Rated one of the top 10 tight end prospect nationally, don't be surprised to see him in action in 2002. He has the size, speed (4.72), strength and maturity to contribute right away -- especially since the Cougars' top two TEs, Jeremy Thilebahr and Mark Baldwin, are graduating. Besides WSU, Taylor tripped to ASU, Coloardo, OSU and Washington. He narrowed his list to WSU and ASU.
WR/DB Don Turner (6-0, 170), University High
A three-year starter and two-time all-state pick with 4.5 speed in the 40, he has earned all-star recognition on both sides of the ball but projects as a defensive back at WSU. In his final prep game he caught seven passes for 79 yards. Earlier in the season he returned an interception and kickoff for TDs. On defense, opponent's rarely threw his way this season, thus only three INTs on the year.
DE Aaron Ware
(6-5, 230), Timberline High (Lacey WA)
An all-South Sound League pick, he oosted 105 tackles (40 solo) in 2001. Also played OL. Very agile and a standout in basketball team as well.