Munns phones in an update -- from Pullman!

JASON MUNNS, THE STRONG-ARMED quarterback from Kennewick who figures to be one of the state's most coveted prep football recruits this season, is getting more attention from the traditional national powers these days, but Washington State – one of the first schools to make him an offer – remains a powerful draw. In fact, when we caught up with him the other day he was actually in Pullman with friends.

"I'm at WSU with some buddies and we just took a tour of the campus and stuff," he said by cell phone.

Of Washington State, he said, "Coach Doba is a real cool guy. They have great facilities up here. They also have a new rec-center and an amazing weight room. Plus it's only 2 1/2 hours from home, which is nice."

Besides the Cougars, the 6-6, 225-pound record-setter has offers in hand from Arizona State and Brigham Young. "All three schools that have offered are recruiting me pretty hard."

Michigan appears to be on the verge of making an offer, with Nebraska, Florida, and Florida State all making a strong push, along with Washington.

"Right now, I'm putting most of my focus on the schools with the offers. I would love to get out and see Michigan and USC for sure."

A week ago, in an interview with national recruiting analyst Allen Wallace, Munns said, "I'm definitely going to look locally first," and noted that WSU "is like the hometown team and a lot of kids from my high school go there. Everyone around here loves them. They have good tradition and the team is on the rise."

Munns was at Washington's recent Junior Day and will be heading to Provo for BYU's Junior Day on April 15. He plans to attend the Nike Combine at Stanford. "I'd like to give the scouts what they want, and improve on how I did last year," he said.

Football won't be the only thing on Munns' mind when it comes to making a decision. "You are going to the school to get the degree first, and then sports. I'd like to go to a place where I can get a good degree. Football is an added bonus, to help you go through school. I'd also like a place with tradition. And I also look at being comfortable wherever I pick, because if you're not comfortable, you will not play to your capabilities."

He plans to take five official visits and will settle on a choice when "I know where the right fit for me is."

Munns says that his family would like him to stay close, but that it's not a deal breaker of any kind. "It would be nice to stay nearby and play in front of my friends and family, but if I find a program I fall in love with the distance won't matter."

As a junior in 2005, Munns completed 62 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,178 yards and 32 TDs en route to Big Nine Co-Player of the Year honors. He had a QB efficiency rating of 170. As a sophomore in 2004 he fired for 2,297 yards and 31 TDs, completing 55 percent of his throws, and earned first-team All-Big 9 honors. In his two seasons as a starter, Southridge is 20-4 record.

Munns, who has been clocked at 4.9 in the 40, benches 245 pounds and squats 405. His vertical jump is 28 inches. He also is a star on the basketball court. He reports a 3.8 GPA and a 1540 on the new SAT.

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