Five future Cougs prepare for all-star game

BRANDON GIBSON made the weight room his second home this off season -- the incoming Cougar wide receiver out of Puyallup's Rogers High adding considerable size and strength. He'll be showcasing his new look and talents at the 4A/3A East-West all-star game two weeks from today. Also taking part in the annual event, incoming Cougars Kenny Alfred and Shelton Danzy, plus a future Cougar who'll make his mark on the WSU baseball diamond and a Spokane product who'll walk on at Washington State.

Puyallup's Brandon Gibson, Gig Harbor's Kenny Alfred and Seattle's Shelton Danzy all head to the eastern side of the state next week to take part in the 4A/3A East-West all-star game. All three incoming Cougars said they've achieved qualifying SAT scores and are all set academically.

Jared Prince, who signed a LOI to play baseball at WSU, buckles up the chinstrap for the last time as a high school senior. His future, though, appears set on the pill rather than pigskin. NCAA rules preclude Prince from walking on to the Cougar football team while holding a baseball scholarship.

Andy Largent (6-0, 180) is a wide receiver/kicker out of Spokane's Shadle Park High who will walk on at WSU in August. Largent did everything for Shadle Park last season, playing wide receiver and seeing time at running back. He started at free safety and was on nearly every special team, as the Highlanders' punter, place kicker, kickoff man and punt returner. An outstanding student, he carries a 3.9 grade point average. A top soccer player and all-around athlete, his best chance to excel at the next level looks to be at place-kicker or punter.

DECIDING TO FOREGO track this year, Gibson, a wide receiver with 4.4 speed who played around 170 pounds last season, instead spent his time hitting the iron. He now checks in at a sturdy 190 pounds.

"I figured this year I would just lift and stuff," said Gibson, who stands 6-foot-1. "I've put on almost 20 pounds."

Gibson is finalizing plans on when he'll head over to WSU, saying he might end up going with Danzy on July 15. Gibson projects at wide receiver but coach Bill Doba has also said he has the tools necessary to play cornerback at Washington State. All things being equal, however, his future looks to be on offense.

SHELTON DANZY heads over to Pullman for the WSU summer camp June 22-25. Then its off to Spokane for the all-star practices and game before heading back to Seattle to say all his goodbyes. Danzy arrives in Pullman for good on July 15. He hopes to immediately join the defensive backs for voluntary workouts after he gets to Washington State.

"I'm trying to get with Teems and the other DBs -- Teems I consider the captain of the DBs since he's had the most experience and is the one returning starter," said Danzy. "Depending on what group I get put in, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can, work out as much as I can, so they might have to tell me to slow down a little bit."

Upon his arrival, Danzy (5-10, 182, 4.51) will room with quarterback Arkelon Hall.

"I'm bringing a lot of stuff," said Danzy. "I know Hall is planning on taking over the whole room, so we'll just throw his stuff over to the side. We're probably going to have stuff on top of stuff."

Hall (6-2, 204) and Lorenzo Bursey are enrolled in summer school classes and will participate in the team's voluntary summer workouts. Bursey has been in town since Wednesday evening, Hall arrives on Sunday, after playing in his all-star game tonight down in Fresno. The pair begin college coursework this Monday.

Later today, Danzy is attending the Seattle PI All-Star Awards event, honoring the top Washington State high school athletes. It will be held at Safeco Field, with Danzy and the other all-stars taking in the Mariners-Mets game following the ceremonies.

Danzy earned a perfect 4.0 his last trimester at Rainier Beach High.

KENNY ALFRED (OL, 6-3, 295) spent his spring excelling in track and field for Gig Harbor High, helping the Tides capture the 4A title by 3 points over Ballard High.

Alfred took second in the state finals in the shot put, finishing one inch out of the lead. He took first place in all but two regular season meets in the shot, with a personal best throw on the year of 60-10 1/2 coming in the districts. His top discus throw on the year was 160-5.

Alfred plans on heading over to Pullman around the end of July, first of August.

"I want to get over, get settled in and get ready to play ball," said Alfred, who's regularly touched base with coaches George Yarno, Mike Levenseller and Doba this winter and spring.

He's also eager to get to Spokane and put on the pads this next week for the West squad practices.

"I'm just excited," said Alfred. "I want to get to know the guys a bit better and I just want to play football again. I spent a couple days watching my team play spring ball and I just wanted to go out there and hit with them."

The 4A/3A East West all-star game
July 1, 7pm at Central Valley High school. Players report on Sunday, June 26. Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, the West team will practice at East Valley High, while the East Team practices at Central Valley High. Practice times are at 9am and 3pm. Friday is game day, with both teams holding a final practice at Central Valley at 9am, with the contest being played that evening.

Full rosters as of June 15

West Roster

01 Richie Tri         6-1    185 WR/DB   Jackson       

02 Garrison Olson     6-2    225 DE/TE   Stanwood      

03 C.J. Green         5-10   185 RB/DB   Federal Way    WWU

04 Kyle Speed         5-10   150 WR/DB   Lake          

05 Steve Rowe         6-4    210 DB/TE   Eastlake      

06 Brandon Gibson     6-1    190 WR/DB   Rogers         WSU

07 Will Jackson       6-2    220 LB      ODea           WWU

08 Shelton Danzy      5-10   182 DB/RB   Rainier Beach  WSU

09 Ryan Buenaflor     6-1    218 LB/RB   Anacortes      EWU

10 Cameron Gellatly   5-9    175 WR/DB   Issaquah      

15 Cody Visser        6-1    190 DB/RB   Lynden         WWU

16 Mark Iddins        6-3    190 QB      Kamiak         GWest

18 Jared Prince       6-3    205 QB/DB   North Kitsap   WSU

20 J.R. Hasty         5-11   200 RB/OLB  Bellevue       UW

22 Isaiah Taito-Wily  6-0    198 RB/DB   Shelton        MSU

23 Aaron Cartwright   5-11   185 DB/RB   Mariner        EWU

24 Mike Yellam        6-1    205 OLB/TE  Kennedy       

27 Makai Borden       6-0    203 RB/DB   Puyallup       EWU

33 Travis Nauta       5-10   200 RB/DB   Kentwood      

34 Sterling Shearer   6-0    200 LB/FB   Bur-Edison     MSU-N

40 Matt Saegesser     5-11   215 RB/LB   Hazen         

42 Faleaoga Faumi     6-4    265 DE/TE   Auburn        

47 Tyler Pelluer      6-1    210 LB/RB   Skyline        UM

50 Connor Mawhinney   6-2    225 OL/DL   Bellevue      

51 Chris Miller       6-4    260 C/DL    Mariner        WWU

53 Jason Engelbrecht 6-2    235 OL/DL   Woodinville   

55 Shea Thorstad      6-1    265 OL/DL   Stanwood       Ad. St.

58 Manny Mendoza      6-2    310 C/DL    Evergreen      Dix. St.

64 Sean Rock          6-4    280 OL/DL   Kentwood       EWU

65 Tristan Felix      5-11   235 OL/DL   Lynden        

69 Jake Jansen        6-3    255 OL/DL   Oak Harbor    

74 Darius Dale        6-3    305 OL/DL   West Seattle  

75 Kenny Alfred       6-3    295 OL/DL   Gig Harbor     WSU

84 Brynsen Brown      6-2    220 DE/WR   Emerald Ridge  EWU


East Roster

1 Richard Copsey      5-9    173 DB      Camas          WWU

2 Tommy Kadoya        6-0    211 LB      Central Valley

3 Brandon Kennedy     5-9    160 WR      Gonzaga        CWU

4 Tirrell Thompson    6-1    200 RB/DB   Battle Ground 

5 Noah Jiles          6-1    205 WR      Eisenhower     WWU

8 Jorgen Gilbertson   6-2    215 DB      Prosser       

10 Jason Curtis       5-11   160 QB      Clarkston      CWU

11 Eric Clark         5-9    165 WR      Clover Park   

13 Ryan Perkins       6-0    190 K       North Thurston UW

14 Tavita Pritchard   6-4    175 QB      Clover Park    Stanford

15 Sean McNulty       6-0    175 WR      White River   

19 Kyle Williams      5-11   180 DB      Bell. Prep     CWU

21 Robert Jackson     5-10   180 RB      Wilson        

22 Mike Fuaau         5-10   215 LB      Washington     WWU

24 Derek Brown        5-11   205 RB/DB   North Central  EWU

30 Jake Klingenberg   5-11   215 FB/LB   Walla Walla   

32 Andy Largent       6-0    180 WR      Shadle Park    WSU

40 Taryn Sanders      6-0    210 LB      Pasco         

42 Brett Igbinoba     5-11   190 RB/DB   Cheney         EWU

50 Jordan Munns       6-3    250 C/DL    Southridge    

52 Tyone Davis        6-3    220 DL      Olympia        UW

54 David Sari         5-11   190 LB      Kelso         

56 Dan Girard         6-5    287 OL/DL   West Valley    UM

59 Dan Winter         6-1    235 LB      North Thurston WWU

61 Michael Land       6-5    230 OL/DL   Walla Walla    EWU

67 Kyle Winkley       6-3    270 OL/DL   Black Hills   

68 Sean Dawson        6-2    240 DL/OL   White River   

71 Live Zepada        6-5    305 OL/DL   Prosser       

74 Tyler Bender       6-1    260 C/DL    Ellensburg    

79 Kyle Webb          6-3    260 OL/DL   Kelso         

81 Nathan Overbay     6-6    220 TE/DE   W.F. West      EWU

82 Peter Leonard      6-2    175 WR/DB   Clarkston     

99 Josh Shaw          6-3    232 DE      Lewis & Clark  EWU

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