Munns gives WSU trip a thumbs up

ATYPICAL APRIL WEATHER on the Palouse couldn't diminish the Washington State experience for Jason Munns. One of the elite quarterbacks in the class of 2007, the "Kennewick Cannon" gave the WSU campus, facilities and coaching staff glowing reviews following his return from an unofficial visit to Pullman last week.

The four-star prospect especially made a solid connection with Cougar head man Bill Doba and quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach.

Munns and a few buddies used part of their spring break at Southridge High to pile in the car and drive over to Pullman.

"It was really good," said Munns. "I met all the coaches -- good people. I talked to coach Doba and coach Rosenbach and pretty much met all the coaches.

Munns said he was impressed with WSU's bustling new Student Recreation Center, indoor practice facility, stadium, practice field and weight room. And he hit it off with Rosenbach during the unofficial trip, one of a few visits Munns plans on taking over the spring and summer months.

"He's a really good guy," said Munns of Rosenbach. "He has experience from playing -- he made it to the NFL -- so he has a lot of experience there.

"His coaching style is one that I like."

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, which is a slight leader for Munns, the two-sport star holds offers from BYU and Arizona State. USC and Michigan are also on his radar, and Utah recently started sending him text messages.

"I'm headed down to BYU on the 15th for their junior day," said Munns. "And I (last week) got a text from Utah. I might try to work it in so I can go to Utah, too, when I go to BYU or I might go up the following week.

"Michigan text messaged me about a week ago, (coach Ron English) said he'd be down at my school here in a month or so. USC, I got an invitation for their junior day a while back."

It's very early in the recruiting season, and Munns is in no hurry to make a call. But comfort level with a coaching staff, campus feel and possibly distance will all be keys to his decision, and Washington State made a strong impression in those areas during the unofficial visit.

"It was a really, really good experience," said Munns. "Everything about it. It was a fun experience for all of us."

Washington State's offensive philosophy also would seem to augur well for Munns, who despite his big size, has more speed and agility than he gets credit for. He clocked a 4.7 in the 40 last summer at a NIKE camp.

"Their type of offense is one that we run in high school," said Munns.

MUNNS COMPLETED 62 PERCENT of his passes as a junior, throwing for 2,178 yards, 32 TDs and a QB efficiency rating of 170 en route to Big Nine Co-Player of the Year honors. In two seasons as a starter, he's led Southridge to a 20-4 record.

The player who veteran Spokesman-Review sportswriter Vince Grippi calls a right-handed Matt Leinart is also a standout in the classroom (3.8 GPA, 1540 SAT). On the basketball court, he averaged a double-double (12.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game) and handed out 3.0 assists on his way to earning first-team All-Big Nine honors. He also earned all-league honors -- averaging 17 points per game -- as a sophomore.

"He has an absolute cannon," says his prep coach, Andy Troxel. "He's very accurate and he can run -- when he decides he's going to take off, he can definitely run."

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