Future set for incoming Cougar

THE COLLEGE PLANS of incoming Cougar Nehemiah Mundy just got a whole lot clearer. The defensive back had been working with a tutor "and studying like crazy" in anticipation of the SAT. He got the results back less than 24 hours ago.

Mundy (6-1, 170) signed with Washington State in March of this year, with the thought the cornerback would likely grayshirt. A delayed enrollment still looks to be the plan, but Mundy has passed the SAT and will be donning the crimson and gray, be it in August or in January.

The lockdown cornerback got in touch with CF.C moments after he'd talked with coach Kelly Skipper to relay the good news.

"I'm ecstatic, I don't know what to do with myself," Mundy said. "(Skipper) said that it was great, but I'll probably grayshirt because I sat out last year and he just wants me to be ready coming in."

Another reason could be the incoming Cougs who signed with Washington State in February are looking to be on track academically. The delayed enrollment for January would also allow Mundy to partake in the Cougs' spring sessions, and an early acclimation period with the semester of college coursework.

MUNDY HAILS FROM Culver City, Calif., the same Southern California town where WSU mined gold a year ago with wide receiver Michael Bumpus. Seniors on the 2003 Culver City High team, the pair nearly became Trojans last year with each receiving an offer from USC, but Bumpus chose WSU and academic hurdles prevented Mundy from signing.

The day before when Mundy didn't yet know he'd achieved a qualifying score, he said he was working his tail off, both academically and physically.

"I'm working out every day," he said. "That's my plan for the next few months, so right now I have a private tutor and I'm studying like crazy."

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."

This March, Bumpus and Skipper were both key in luring Mundy to Washington State.

Some of the Cougs who have benefited from a grayshirt year include Josh Swogger, Troy Bienemann and Charles Harris.

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