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A two-way star and consensus All-State pick as a senior at Wilson High. Tacoma News Tribune's 1998 Class 4A state player of the year. Only Pac-10 scholarship offer came from WSU. Idaho and EWU also offered.
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So when college recruiters came calling on the 6-3, 312-pound Maxwell, Marcus wasn't bashful about making sure his younger cousin knew the basics about WSU.
"I told him Wazzu was a great place. It's a family atmosphere where you make friends for life," said Trufant, now in his third year with the Seattle Seahawks. "I also told him how loyal the coaches were to me, and how the fans really buy in to what's going on."
Trufant is quick to point out that his cousinly love isn't overbearing. He told Maxwell not to let the calls and letters become a distraction, to focus on school and football, and then pick the school, WSU or otherwise, that felt most comfortable.
Of course, it didn't hurt that Maxwell started making regular treks to Pullman when Trufant launched his Cougar career in 1999.
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As with Trufant six years ago, the Cougars were the first major school to offer Maxwell a scholarship. The overture was made right after Maxwell attended WSU's summer camp in June.
"I think he felt the same loyalty I felt when I was recruited by WSU," Trufant said.
Last week, in the face of growing interest from Oregon, Cal and others, Maxwell made his committing call to the WSU coaching staff. Shortly after, he called his cousin to let him know he was going to be a Cougar.
Marcus' response was succinct --- "Great!" He also was a bit fatherly: "Now buckle down and go out there and make things happen."
"He brings a lot to the table," says the former first-round draft pick. "He's a big, strong guy with great feet --- and you need great feet as an offensive lineman in this day and age because those defensive linemen can be incredibly fast. Grady can run. Those feet are just something he was born with. The Cougars got a good one. His future is very promising."
And what can Maxwell expect at the next level?
For starters, there's the speed and complexity of the game, Trufant says. That transition to college is a big one.
And then there's the head coach. Maxwell will be playing for one of the best, says Trufant. "Coach Doba is a player's coach. He can coach anybody --- everybody, from the local guys to the inner-city kids, can relate to him. Coaches like that really make you want to go out there and do well."
No bias, says Trufant. Just the facts -- facts he gently made sure Cousin Grady was well aware of.
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