Recruiting: Tracking past, present and future

SIGNING DAY IS IN the rearview mirror, but prospecting is never done -- even when you think it is. Catching up with Cougar recruits, past and present, who have been sidetracked in one form or another can be a job in itself. So read on for the latest on B.T. Walker's status and the changes of scenery for Eddie Vickers and James Bradley.

Plus, a look at what's on tap for some of the top prep quarterbacks in the state.

Cornerback B.T. Walker (5-10, 175, 4.4) tells CF.C he can't wait to get to Washington State. Given the opportunities that await for him out on the island at WSU, it seems a safe bet the Cougar Nation feels the same.

Walker said he's been in touch with the Cougar coaches this week and has all his paperwork in order. When he wraps up his AA degree in May after completing his final 2-credit class at College of the Canyons, the fleet-footed defensive back said he plans to beeline it for Pullman.

"Washington State has always been my No. 1," Walker tells Cougfan.com.

ANOTHER WOULD-BE Cougar, cornerback James Bradley, (5-9.5, 170, 4.41) out of Longview, Texas, appears to be continuing down the road less traveled. He signed with WSU a year ago but failed meet NCAA academic entrance requirements. Bradley subsequently enrolled at Navarro College just outside of Dallas, and made an immediate impact on the field for the Bulldogs. Personal matters, however, resulted in Bradley returning home early in the season.

He is now enrolled at Northwest Mississippi CC, and will be turning out for the football team later this year.

JOSEPH TOWNSEND, WHO LIKE Bradley was a member of the Cougars' 2005 recruiting class but failed to meet academic requirements, is working on his AA degree at Foothill College and is targeting arrival in Pullman next fall with three years of eligibility left. Click to the CF.C front page for a recent feature story on Townsend.

A PROSPECT FROM THE COUGS' 2004 recruiting haul who made it to Pullman for one year but then fell on academic hard times is now working to get back to Martin Stadium. Athletic offensive lineman Eddie Vickers from Vancouver, Wash., spent this past season at home and now will be headed to junior college.

The former Columbia River High star is in the process of wrapping up the final details and paperwork for a move to Eastern Arizona College, home of the Gila Monsters. His father, Ed Vickers Sr., tells Cougfan.com Eddie could possibly enroll at EAC as early as May. If not, he'll enroll in the fall. Both scenarios would enable him to be back at WSU in time for the 2007 Cougar season with two to play two.

"He's planning on going back to Washington State," said the elder Vickers. "He's young and kids go through that sometimes. I've had some long talks with him and I'm pretty proud of the changes he's made."

IN PREP RECRUITING CIRCLES, some pundits are already calling this the Year of the Quarterback in the state of Washington. Given a seniors-to-be class that includes Kennewick's Jason Munns (6-5.5, 235), Mill Creek's Jake Gelakoska (6-4, 215), Auburn's Kellen Kiilsgaard (6-2, 210, 4.55) and Prosser's Kellen Moore (6-1, 195) -- among many others -- it seems a fitting label.

Four from the group will gather at Qwest Field to take part in the ten-team Kickoff Classic on Sept. 2. Munns (Southridge) and Moore (Prosser) will open their senior campaigns against each other that day.

Gelakoska, out of Jackson High, boasts a rocket to go along with some serious wheels. Broadway Jake is already drawing national interest along with Munns.

THE MEAD HIGH RECRUITING pipeline out of Spokane last week produced two Cougars in Andy Mattingly and Skylar Jessen, and three D-IA players overall with Paul Senescall headed to Idaho. There could be more in 2007.

There are at least four seniors-to-be with Division I potential among Mead coach Sean Carty's charges for the upcoming season. Look for a profile on the quartet on CF.C next week.


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