EXCLUSIVE: COUGS SIGN PREP CB AND WR

WASHINGTON STATE's 2005 class of football recruits is growing by a cornerback and a receiver. The Cougars have secured letters of intent from two standouts hailing from Culver City -- the same Southern California town where WSU mined gold a year ago with Michael Bumpus. And it turns out that Bumpus was key in luring the pair north. We talked to the newest members of the clan and their prep coaches in this Cougfan.com exclusive.

Nehemiah Mundy, a 2004 Culver City High graduate, is a lock down cornerback who nearly became a Trojan last year. Greg Walker, currently wrapping up his senior year, is a fleet wide receiver with great hands who now attends University High in Los Angeles.

Each has signed their Letter of Intent to Washington State, and will arrive in Pullman later this summer for fall camp.

And if Bumpus keeps this up, they might have to give him his own territory. The newest Cougars both said Bumpus as a key reason they chose Washington State. Bumpus, Mundy (6-1, 170) and Walker (6-3, 175) were all teammates at Culver City High.

"Michael Bumpus is up there, and that's a big reason why," said Walker, (pictured above).

"One of my best friends is up there, Michael Bumpus -- I want to go play with that guy," said Mundy.

Both Mundy and Walker sent in their signed Letter of Intent to coach Kelly Skipper.

"He was excited that I signed," said Mundy. "I was just excited for myself when he told me they were going to give me a scholarship. He seems a really good coach and he definitely got me excited. He got me on the Washington State bandwagon real fast."

Mundy was being recruited throughout the Pac-10 with an offer from USC last year. For a time, both Bumpus and Mundy looked to be headed to the Trojans, but Bumpus chose WSU and academic hurdles prevented Mundy from signing with 'SC.


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Mundy still has some academic work to do before heading to Pullman, with the ACT test scheduled for this April. He said his last score was very close and that he fully expects to qualify and to hit the ground running when he arrives at WSU. "I'm looking forward to it, too," said Mundy.

Mundy, last timed in the 40 at 4.46, had 80 tackles his senior year, with 10 pass breakups and 2 INTs.

"Nehemiah is very quick, he has very good speed," said Culver City head man Tom Salter. "He was being recruited by all the Pac-10 schools."

WALKER TRANSFERRED FROM Culver City to University High after his sophomore season but said he's remained in close contact with Bumpus the last two years. Walker has achieved a qualifying test score and is on schedule to graduate later this year. He signed with WSU over interest from Oregon State and Nevada-Reno.

"I didn't have a highlight tape -- I didn't play (much at all) my 11th grade year so I wasn't really known," said Walker. He also received his qualifying test score late in the process which likely gave some schools pause.

A late bloomer on the field who burst onto the scene his senior year, Walker now rates among the elite according to his prep coach.

"He's one of the best receivers I've coached and I've been doing this for 25 years," said University head man E.C. Robinson. "With all the talent that he has -- he has the speed, the hands, the quickness. And he has a knack of going up and coming down with the football."

"If he sticks to it and really works at it -- like he's been doing -- he can one day be playing on Sundays," Robinson added.

With a 40 time in the 4.4 to 4.5 range, Walker capped his senior season with 49 catches for 1355 yards -- averaging over 100 yards a game -- and 8 TDs. Assistant coach Derrick Hill has mentored Walker since his Pop Warner days, and said he could have put up even more eye-popping stats if University ran more of a passing offense.

"We ran about 60-40 to the run but there were games with the matchups he had on the defensive backs -- He could have really taken advantage," Hill said.

Walker also racked up 60 tackles (44 solo) this year from his safety spot on defense.

WITH THE WALKER AND MUNDY signings, the Cougs may have some juggling to do -- but how it all shakes out won't be known until summer. The 2005 class -- possibly the fastest incoming group ever assembled at Washington State -- now stands at 25.

On LOI Day and with 23 players signed, recruiting coordinator Robin Pflugrad told a packed CF.C chatroom on February 2 that Washington State would grayshirt 1-2 players if all 23 qualified. Joey Eppele looks to be one player who will almost certainly delay enrollment. Additionally, there are 2-3 players of those 23 who have some work remaining over the next several months to meet academic eligibility standards.


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