JC detour for Cougar recruit

THE 2006 COUGAR recruiting class got a big boost this weekend when highly sought receiver Anthony Houston gave his oral pledge to WSU. But the Cougs have also lost an incoming defensive tackle. Holdover Joseph Townsend (6-4, 285) will not be enrolling at Washington State this January as previously planned, but says he remains determined to suit up in the crimson and gray down the road.

"Well, I'm going to go to a JC," said a disappointed but determined Townsend. "I didn't pass my test. But even though things don't always go your way, you just have to keep trucking. Sometimes it takes people a little longer to reach their goals. But the main point is to keep on moving."

Marshall has recently been in touch with Townsend, offering the fast DT a scholarship. Marshall told Townsend they could still take him under Proposition 48 rules but Townsend, while appreciative of the offer, declined.

"I got a call from them, asking me to come on a recruiting trip and they offered me a scholarship," said Townsend. "But I told them I'll be going to (junior college)."

Prop 48, first implemented by the NCAA in 1986, allows a school to take a student-athlete who does not meet academic requirements, with the individual losing his first year of eligibility. If the player graduates in four years, he can then regain that lost year. Many leagues, including the Pac-10, no longer allow Prop 48 enrollees.

TOWNSEND, STILL ONLY 17 years old, said he will likely enroll at San Jose City College but is still exploring junior college options.

"I'm leaning towards going to San Jose City," he said. "Either San Jose City or West Valley, but I'm leaning towards San Jose City."

The defensive tackle was originally a member of the 2005 Cougar class but academic hurdles prevented him from joining the Cougs for fall camp last August. He took the fall and winter to study up but fell a few points shy on his most recent attempt.

Townsend said he hoped to obtain his AA in time to enroll at Washington State for the 2007 season, in which case he would have three years of eligibility with the Cougs.

A fast defensive tackle who clocked at a 4.9 in the 40 his senior year, Townsend was all-league on both sides of the ball his senior year at Valley Christian.

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