Early WSU touchdown for Hall

LAST YEAR, then incoming freshman Michael Bumpus showed up early on the WSU campus, eager to begin assimilating the Cougar offense. In the class of 2005, several incoming Cougs will follow the same path, arriving in Pullman around the middle of July. And one, incoming Cougar quarterback Arkelon Hall, will arrive even earlier than that. A lot earlier.

One reason Bumpus felt so comfortable during the 2004 fall camp was his early arrival -- he reported on July 20 and spent every spare moment with his nose stuck in the offensive playbook.

This year, Hall (6-2, 204), will also report on the 20th, except he'll do so in June.

After arriving in Pullman on June 19th, Hall will get his first taste of college coursework the following day, Monday the 20th. He's enrolled in three summer school classes.

Several members of the Washington State class of 2005 -- Shelton Danzy, Xavier Hicks, Greg Trent, Dwight Tardy, to name just a few -- plan on early arrivals around the middle of July this year. The first practice of fall camp is slated for August 7.

THE EARLY ENROLLMENT also enables Hall, who will room with Danzy, to participate in the Cougs' summer workouts.

"That's why I really wanted to be there -- for all the voluntary workouts with coach (Rob) Oviatt," Hall told Cougfan.com. "I was ready to get up there and start working out with the guys. I want to get to know the offense better."

Preceding his arrival in Pullman, Hall will be participating in the 51st City/County All-Star Football Classic on June 17, the longest running all-star high school football game in California. The contest this year will be held at Buchanan Stadium in Clovis. Game time is 7:30PM.

When he arrives at WSU, Hall will do so in fine form. He's spent the winter and spring hard at work, getting mind and body prepared to begin his college career at Washington State.

"I'm just excited and ready to get up there," he said.

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