COUGS LAND FIRST HOSS AND NO. 5 OVERALL

WASHINGTON STATE mined gold a year ago out of Gig Harbor in offensive lineman Kenny Alfred. Now, another Gig Harbor hoss has given his pledge to don the crimson and gray --- Micah Hannam of Peninsula High. He gave his word to assistant coaches Mike Levenseller and George Yarno on Friday and will be calling Bill Doba on Monday. Cougfan.com talks with the 6-5, 265- pound senior, who becomes the fifth known verbal commit in the class of 2005.

"I'm committed to WSU," Hannam told Cougfan.com on Sunday.

Washington State offered on Wednesday and after consulting with his coach and family, Hannam called Cougar offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller and line coach George Yarno on Friday to verbally commit.

"They seemed as happy as I did," said Hannam. "I thought about it and I loved the camp when I was down there and they have the major (engineering) that I want, so it was just the right thing to do."

Hannam has started since he was a sophomore, going up against some of the best the state had to offer including freshman Cougar OL Kenny Alfred. Hannam was named second team all-league by The Seattle Times last season, despite Peninsula struggling through a 1-9 record.

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

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 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).

Hannam chose WSU over heavy interest from Cal, Washington and Stanford. All invited him for official visits, but he said he knew WSU was "right." He had also heard from most of the Pac-10, Northwestern, Utah, Nebraska and some Ivy League schools.

A solid engineering program was critical to Hannam's decision in choosing Washington State. He said while he loves football, education is the most important consideration.

"I like building things," says 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 becomes the fifth known verbal commitment to the 2006 Washington State class, joining Spokane's Andy Mattingly (ATH) and Skylar Jessen (RB), Mesa, Arizona's Marcus Richmond (RB) and Bellevue's Keith Rosenberg (WR).

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