Camp OL co-MVP stars in classroom, weight room

WASHINGTON STATE mined gold a year ago out of Gig Harbor in offensive lineman Kenny Alfred. This June, another Gig Harbor hoss stood out at the WSU youth football camp --- Micah Hannam. The 6-5, 265 pound senior-to-be just broke one of Peninsula High's lift records, has a quick pair of feet and is nothing short of a star in the classroom.

Hannam has started since he was a sophomore, going up against some of the best the state had to offer in incoming Cougar OL Kenny Alfred.

Whereas Alfred, also an outstanding prep defensive lineman during his time at Gig Harbor High, had five offers at this time last year, Hannam looks to be one of those players schools want to see some of their senior season before tendering a full ride. But the stars could be lining up for that to happen.

He had an exceptional four day camp at WSU, taking home co-MVP honors for offensive lineman.

"The camp went really well," said Hannam. "That was the best camp I've been to. Personally, I think I did very well."

He has a frame that will support added strength and muscle, and he's attacking the weight room this offseason, recently breaking his own power clean mark at Peninsula with a lift of 320 pounds.

Along with a quick pair of feet, he's a cerebral player out on the gridiron, something coach George Yarno covets in an offensive lineman. Those smarts certainly also extend to the classroom, where Hannam projects as a full qualifier with a 3.96 GPA and an SAT score of 1790 (out of the new 2400 scale).

Peninsula coach Ross Filkins has said that Hannam has an outstanding work ethic, never missing a 6am workout.

BESIDES WASHINGTON STATE, Hannam is hearing from most of the Pac-10, Northwestern, Utah, Nebraska and a little from the Ivy League schools. He does not have a leader, but he did like talking with Yarno at the camp.

"We had quite the discussion after the last day," said Hannam. "He's a really colorful guy. I liked that about him."

A good Engineering program will be very important to Hannam in making his choice. He loves football, but education is the most important consideration.

"I like building things," said Hannam. "And I like physics…I want to get a scholarship so I can go to college, I don't want to go to college just so I can play football," he said.

Hannam and Peninsula start two a days in late August, prior to the start of the school year in September.

Filkins is a Washington State alumnus.

Hannam was named second team all-league by The Seattle Times, this despite Peninsula struggling through a 1-9 season in 2004.

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